|Directed by||G. N. Rangarajan|
|Story by||Haasan Brothers|
|Produced by||T. R. Srinivasan|
|Cinematography||N. K. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||K. R. Ramalingam|
Meendum Kokila (transl. Kokila, again) is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by G. N. Rangarajan from a screenplay written by Ananthu and story by Haasan Brothers. The film stars Kamal Haasan and Sridevi. 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. The film was dubbed in Telugu as Chilipi Mogudu and released on 4 September 1981.
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 a TamilBrahmin woman. For her performance, Sridevi received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress-Tamil.
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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. Parvathy as Neighbour
- A. R. Srinivasan as Auditor
- "Nagesh" Krishnamurthy 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 Mahendran with Sridevi, Kamal Haasan and Bollywood actress Rekha—in her Tamil cinema debut—playing the lead roles. Rekha was the original choice for the role of Kamini, 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 Haasan who requested G. N. Rangarajan to take over the film as director. Rekha's father Gemini Ganesan claimed he told her not to play "second fiddle" to Sridevi. Rekha was replaced by Deepa. Haasan's character in the film twitches his eye, for which he took inspiration from Krishnamachari Srikkanth.
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The song "Radha Radha Nee" is based on the Shuddha Saveri raga whereas “Chinnan Chiru Vayathil” is based on the Abheri raga. For the dubbed Telugu version Chilipi Mogudu, lyrics were written by Rajashri and Aarudhra.
|1||"Chinna Chiru Vayathil"||K. J. Yesudas, S. P. Sailaja||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|
- Telugu (Chilipi Mogudu)
|1||"Ninna Sandhya Velalo"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja||Rajashri||03:20|
|2||"Radha Radha – Duet"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela||03:26|
|3||"Oh Chinna Maata"||G. Anand, S. P. Sailaja||03:22|
|4||"Hey Oorinchaku"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Aarudhra||02:56|
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. Just 17 years old, when released, the film's success consolidated Sridevi's position as the highest paid actress in South Indian Cinema.
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