|Directed by||Gangai Amaran|
|Produced by||Gangai Amaran|
|Screenplay by||Gangai Amaran|
|Story by||R. Selvaraj|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
|Distributed by||Amma's Pictures|
Koyil Kaalai (transl. Temple Bull) is a 1993 Tamil-language drama film, co-produced and directed by Gangai Amaran. The film stars Vijayakanth in the lead role, along with Kanaka, Sujatha and Veera Pandiyan in pivotal roles. The film had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja who also co-produced the film. It was later dubbed in Telugu as Maa Voori Maaraju.
Abandoned on the temple doorstep, Uppili (Vijayakanth) grows up to be a sort of caretaker of the temple premises, doing odd jobs. His attitude often brings him into conflict with a moneyed-man Sundaralingam (Veera Pandiyan) who tries to misuse temple lands leased out to him. Enters Arasayi (Kanaka), the fire-spitting lass who ends up marrying Uppili. She is daughter of the very man Murugesan (Shanmugasundaram) whom Uppili caught red-handed stealing temple jewels. While facts distorted, Arasayi believes Uppili to be the culprit and had come with the intention of having her revenge. However, matters get sorted out and all ends well with the villain getting his due. There is also thrack of Maragathammal (Sujatha) who looks after three temple accounts, her dumb daughter Usha (Yuvarani), her scraps with Sundaralingam, and Uppili timely help.
|2||"Vanna Chintu"||Mano, S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran||05:01|
|5||"Pallikoodam"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran||00:48|
|6||"Pallikoodam"||S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran||04:56|
|7||"Sola Kiligal"||Mano, S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran||04:59|
|8||"Thaayundu Thantai"||Gangai Amaran||Ilaiyaraaja||05:00|
|9||"Adi Maana Madhuraiyile"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran||05:00|
The Indian Express wrote, "The film with screenplay-direction by Gangai Amaran has nothing new by way of story or narration".
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- Mannath, Malini (17 January 1993). "Old stuff". The Indian Express. p. 7.
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