Major Chandrakanth (1966 film)

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Major Chandrakanth
Major Chandrakanth 1966 poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed by K. Balachander
Produced by A. V. Meiyappan
Written by K. Balachander
Music by V. Kumar
Cinematography S. Maruthi Rao
Edited by R. G. Gopu
Distributed by AVM Productions
Release date
11 November 1966[1]
Running time
156 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Major Chandrakanth is a 1966 Tamil language film directed by K. Balachander. The screenplay was based on his play of the same name.[2][3] The film stars Jayalalithaa, Muthuraman, Nagesh, A. V. M. Rajan, and Major Sundarrajan in the title role. Sundarrajan who portrayed the role of a retired blind army major acquired the prefix Major and was more commonly known as Major Sundarrajan there after.[4] The film was first made in Hindi as Oonche Log in 1965.[5] The film was remade in Kannada as Karune Illada Kanoonu.


Mohan (Nagesh) is a tailor who lives with his younger sister Vimala (Jayalalithaa). Orphaned at a very young age, Mohan goes through a life of hardship and fulfill all his sister's wish. Womanizer Rajinikanth (A. V. M. Rajan) lures Vimala and cheats on her. Unable to face her brother, she commits suicide. Mohan confronts Rajinikanth and in a fit of rage kills him. A wild search is on by the cops and the fugitive hides in 'Major' Chandrakanth (Major Sundarrajan) house. Mohan is amused and fascinated by Chandrakanth virtues and how he manages to live though he is blind. Mohan reveals why he is on the run from law and ironically the deceased happens to be Chandrakanth's youngest son. Chandrakanth feels humiliated for nurturing Rajinikanth and is sorry for Mohan's plight. In the end Inspector Srikanth (Muthuraman), eldest son of Chandrakanth arrests Mohan along with his father for his hospitality to a criminal.



The music composed by V. Kumar.[6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Kalyana Sapadu Podava T. M. Soundararajan Vaali 04:12
2 Kalyana Sapadu Podava (Pathos) T. M. Soundararajan 01:35
3 Naane Pani Nilavu P. Susheela 04:06
4 Netrunee Chinnapappa T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:01
5 Oru Naal Yaaro P. Susheela 03:35
6 Thuninthunil Seerkazhi Govindarajan Suratha 01:25


  1. ^ Saravanan, M. (2013) [2005]. AVM 60 cinema (3rd ed.). Rajarajan Pathippagam. p. 189. 
  2. ^ "K Balachander gets Dadasaheb Phalke award". 29 April 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  3. ^ S. Sivakumar (24 June 2011). "Quality recreation". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Randor Guy (7 March 2003). "Dialogue delivery set him apart". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "KB’s continuum". The Hindu. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Major Chandrakanth Songs". raaga. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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