Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||G. N. Rangarajan|
|Produced by||T. R. Srinivasan|
|Story by||Haasan Brothers|
|Cinematography||N. K. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||K. R. Ramalingam|
Meendum Kokila (lit. Kokila, again) is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by G. N. Rangarajan from a screenplay written by Ananthu and story by Haasan Brothers. The film stars Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in the lead roles. Deepa, M. Krishnamoorthy, Thengai Srinivasan and Omakuchi Narasimhan are featured in supporting roles. The film's narrative follows a young woman who fights to win back her husband after his infatuation with an actress. The music for the film was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
Meendum Kokila was released theatrically on 14 January 1981. The film upon its release was a critical and commercial success. Sridevi's performance in the titular role was widely praised and is considered by various critics and film historians as one of the finest and most authentic portrayals of an Indian Brahmin woman. For her performance, Sridevi received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress-Tamil.
Subramaniam, a lawyer is married to Kokila and has a daughter. Things go well until he meets Kamini, a movie star in a party. He gets attracted towards Kamini and becomes ready to sacrifice his own family for her. Kokila's efforts in bringing back her husband forms the rest of the story.
- Kamal Haasan as Subramaniam
- Sridevi as Kokila
- Deepa as Kamini
- Suruli Rajan as Film Director
- S. N. Parvathi as Neighbour
- A. R. Srinivasan as Auditor
- M. Krishnamoorthy(Nagesh Krishnamoorthy) as Moorthy
- Baby Anju as Subramaniam and Kokila's Daughter
- Thengai Srinivasan as Nattuvanar
- T. K. S. Natarajan as Film Star
The film was originally directed by J. Mahendran with Sridevi, Kamal Haasan and Rekha—in her Tamil cinema debut—playing prominent roles. Rekha was the original choice for actress' role, and scenes featuring her were shot till 3000 feet. Initially Mahendran opted out of the film after a song sequence was shot. Later as the film progressed Rekha pulled out citing no reason. It was Kamal Haasan who requested G. Rangarajan to take over the film as director. Rekha was replaced by Deepa.
|1||"Chinna Chiru Vayathil"||K. J. Yesudas, Janaki||Kannadasan||04:32|
|2||"Hey Oraiyiram"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Panju Arunachalam||03:55|
|3||"Ponnana Meni"||K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki||04:30|
|4||"Radha Radha Nee"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Kannadasan||04:27|
Reception and accolades
Meendum Kokila opened to widespread success. Sridevi's portrayal of a Brahmin woman trying to get back her husband was widely acclaimed and is considered by various critics and film commentators as one of the finest film performances of all-time. Sridevi received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress-Tamil; the first of her four Filmfare Awards. The film consolidated Sridevi's position as the biggest actress in South India.
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