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Manonmani Movie Poster.jpg
Directed byT. R. Sundaram
Produced byModern Theatres (Salem & Madurai)
Story byManonmaniam Sundaram Pillai
Based onManonmaneeyam by Sundaram Pillai
StarringP. U. Chinnappa,
T. R. Rajakumari,
Serukalathur Sama,
T. S. Balaiah,
T. R. Mahalingam,
N. S. Krishnan,
T. A. Madhuram
Music byT. A. Kalyanam (Kalyanam Orchestra)
Edited byD Durairaj
Release date
7 November 1942
BudgetINR 2,00,000

Manonmani (Tamil: மனோன்மணி) is a 1942 Tamil-language film directed by T. R. Sundaram. It starred P. U. Chinnappa, T. R. Rajakumari, Serukalathur Sama, T. S. Balaiah, T. R. Mahalingam, K. K. Perumal, A. Sakunthala, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram, Kali N. Ratnam, L. Narayana Rao, S. S. Kokko, C. T. Rajakantham, P. R. Mangalam, P. G. Venkatesan, T. R. B. Rao, M. E. Madhavan, "Buffoon" Shanmugham, J. M. G. Sarada and G. Saraswathi.

Music by Kalyanam-Mahadevan. Song lyrics were by Papanasam Rajagopal Iyer (Sivan's brother) and Velsami Kavi. The movie was recorded on RCA Records.


King Seevaka of Pandya Kingdom ruled the Kingdom through its capital Madurai. But, Under the bad influence of the minister, Kutilan(Balasubramaniam) he changed his capital to Tirunelveli where Kutilan has support. Kutilan wants to rule the kingdom. So, he tried to make the king fall. Rajaguru (Sama) told the king that the capital is not so strong. He said that he would make the Kingdom good with doing a yagna and want to have a special room for him. Princess Manonmani, who dreamt of Chera King Purushottaman fell in love with him as he also does. But, Kutilan wants Manonmani to marry Baladeva his son. Soon, the Rajaguru who was good hearted wanted the princess to marry Purushottaman to get out of Kutilan's evil trap. He asked Seevaka and Manonmani to come to a secret pathway under the palace connecting to the Rajaguru's ashram and Chera's Army Place. Seevaka told this to Kutilan. But,

Manonmani, the Pandya princess (Rajakumari), falls in love in her dream with a prince Purushottaman (Chinnappa) who too does likewise with each unaware of the other's identity! But their love grows deeper in their hearts. The Rajaguru (Sama) is keen on bringing the two kingdoms together and builds a ‘secret way' from one kingdom to the other. However, the King (Perumal) is under the influence of the scheming minister Kutilan, (Balasubramaniam, the name was obviously inspired by the celebrated Kautilya, Chanakya.) The minister's son Balaiah has an eye on the princess, and the father and son try to manipulate the king's mind…

After many twists, the lovers meet and the two kingdoms come together and the ‘dream lovers' marry…. An interesting tale of kings, princes and princesses, Rajaguru and evil ministers, Manonmani was a box office hit with Rajakumari and Chinnappa stealing the show. Sakunthala (Mrs. Chinnappa in private life) played the princess's companion, while the ‘comedy track' was taken care of by the inimitable Krishnan-Mathuram supported by Narayana Rao.


Music was composed by T. A. Kalyanam and the lyrics were penned by Papanasam Rajagopala Iyer

Song Raagam Singer
Kanden kanden en kaadhal kaniyai kanden
Mohana maamadhanaa Punnagavarali
Mohanaanga vadhani Kanada, Darbari Kanada
Undranuko inaiyaavaar Bhairavi
Vaanamudhe, maan vizhiye, unai kaanbeno
Ooooonnnu oru vaaarthai
Yaarukku venduvadhinge
Koodik kondaduvom P. G. Venkatesan, P. A. Periyanayaki


  • Randor Guy (19 December 2010). "Manonmani 1942". The Hindu.