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Manikuyil DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byRajavarman
Written byRajavarman
A. Veerappan (dialogues)
Produced byR. Dhanabhalan
CinematographyG. Rajendran
Edited byM. Ganesan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Yaghava Productions
Release date
  • 26 February 1993 (1993-02-26)
Running time
130 minutes

Manikuyil is a 1993 Tamil drama film directed by Rajavarman. The film features Murali and Saradha Preetha in lead roles, with Goundamani, Senthil, Vijayakumar, Charan Raj, Shanmugasundaram, Kokila, A. K. Veerasamy and C. R. Saraswathi playing supporting roles. The film, produced by R. Dhanabhalan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 26 February 1993.[1][2][3][4]


Muthuvelu (Murali) lives with his mother Deivanai (Kokila) and grandfather (A. K. Veerasamy) in a mountainous area. Despite being an educated man, he makes his living harvesting honey using traditional methods. The wicked forest officer Sundaram (Charan Raj) often gets into fights with Muthuvelu. One day, the city girl Kaveri (Saradha Preetha) spots Muthuvelu singing a song. She records it with her video camera and then sends the video to a TV channel. Muthuvelu's song is telecasted by the TV channel, and he becomes popular in no time; thus, he becomes a singer. Once again, Muthuvelu and Sundaram get into a fight. This time, Sundaram is suspended from his job by his superiors.

Thereafter, Muthuvelu and Kaveri fall in love with each other. At first, Kaveri's father Ramasamy (Shanmugasundaram) accepts for their marriage. Sundaram enters their home pretending to be Muthuvelu's father. Deivanai claims that he is not her husband when Ramasamy asks about her husband's identity and she refuses to tell. Ramasamy puts his foot down when she refuses to reveal any pieces of information about Muthuvelu's father. Ramasamy is now grateful to Sundaram and appoints him to work in his factory.

Later that night, Deivanai reveals to Muthuvelu that she was an orphan and lived alone in the past. She had a secret affair with the wealthy man Ratnasabapathy (Vijayakumar), who promised to marry her. Thereafter, Deivanai received death threats from Ratnasabapathy's relatives and had no other choice but to leave the village. A kindhearted person, now Muthuvelu's grandfather, helped Deivanai and took care of her like his own daughter.

Muthuvelu goes in search of his father Ratnasabapathy and finds that he is now married and has three sons. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.



Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1993, features 6 tracks with lyrics written by Vaali and Ponnadiyan.[5][6][7]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Oru Nadodi" Mano Vaali 4:56
2 "Thaneerilay Mugam" Mano, Uma Ramanan Ponnadiyan 4:47
3 "Vetti Vetti Veru" Arunmozhi Vaali 4:39
4 "Adi Marrivantha" Malaysia Vasudevan 4:39
5 "Kathal Nilavey" Arunmozhi, Uma Ramanan 5:02
6 "Kathal Ennum Vetham" Malaysia Vasudevan Ponnadiyan 4:51


Malini Mannath of The New Indian Express gave the film a negative review stating : "the story lacks freshness, the screenplay is insipid and direction lack-lustre".[8]


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  2. ^ "Manikuyil (1993)". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Filmography of manikkuyil". Archived from the original on 22 November 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Find Tamil Movie Manikkuyil". Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Manikuyil Songs". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Manikuyil (1993)  — Ilaiyaraaja". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Manikuyil — Original Soundtrack". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  8. ^ Mannath, Malini (5 March 1993). "Sigh!". The Indian Express. p. 7.

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