Oli Vilakku

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Oli Vilakku
Oli Vilakku.JPG
Directed by Chanakya
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Written by Swornam
Story by O. P. Ralhan
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
Sowkar Janaki
S. A. Ashokan
Cho Ramaswamy
R. S. Manohar
Thengai Srinivasan
Music by M.S.Viswanathan
Cinematography U. Rajagopal
Edited by M. Umanath
Distributed by Gemini Studios
Release date
20 September 1968
Running time
164 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Oli Vilakku (English: Light lamp), is a 1968 Indian Tamil Mob film directed by Chanakya, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role and J. Jayalalitha, Sowkar Janaki, S. A. Ashokan, R. S. Manoharand cho Ramaswamy, among others.


In a big Tamil city of the 60s, Muthu (MGR), a tramp with a good heart, falls prey to a blackmailer named Djambhu (S. A. Ashokan), a gangster who hides his fraudulent activities behind his respectable profession of a director of cabaret.

Forced by Djambhu, Muthu steals for its account and especially to save its beautiful Geetha (Jayalalitha), another victim of Djambhu's blackmail.

Dancer's story occurs in the establishment of Djambhu.

Coming upon a quarantined city, Muthu comes face-to-face with Shanti (Sowcar Janaki), a young widow bullied and left for dead by her obnoxious family-in-law.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Muthu
J. Jayalalitha as Geetha
Sowcar Janaki as Shanti
S. A. Ashokan as Master Djambhu
R. S. Manohar as Mâri
Cho Ramaswamy as Kadhri
Thengai Srinivasan as Kavéri 's father
Rama Rav (S. Ramarav)[1] as Pannaiyar Paramasivan
Kalpathre Nadharajan ("Kalla Part" Nadarajan)[2] as Sômu
V. S. Raghavan as The commissioner
Justin[3] as Singharam

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned


OLI VILAKKU was actor M. G. Ramachandran's 100th film and was a remake of Hindi film PHOOL AUR PATTHAR.[4]

From the unique, spectacular and legendary Gemini Circuit, Chanakya, the man of the magnificent ENGA VEETTU PILLAI, which he filmed three years later with MGR in greater form, and it was even more popular.

The movie was V. S. Raghavan's first collaboration with MGR,[5] and the third collaboration of MGR with the director Chanakya.

He presented a musical sequence ("Dhairiyamaga Sol Nee Manithan...") where we see five of MGR in the screen at the same time.

MGR sketched this song ("Dhairiyamaga Sol Nee Manithan...") together with Jayalalidha, a small choreography on an instrumental piece from the composer M.S.Visuwanadhan, in "Whistlings, Sips and Drunkenness".


This film ran 20 weeks at Madurai Meenakshi, 100 days in Trichi and Kumbakonam and ran 175 days in Ceylon.

It was not successful in Chennai since it was released in 5 theatres in Tamil Nadu.[6] It also ran 175 days at Ceylon.[7]


The music is composed by M.S.Visuwanadhan and lyrics were written by Vaali.

The song "Aandavane Un" rendered by legendary South Indian Nightingale P. Susheela is based on Sivaranjini raga.[8]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Naan Kanda Kanavil L. R. Eswari & chorus Vaali 4:16
2 Whistlings, Sips and Drunkenness (Instrumental Piece) M.S.Visuwanadhan No Lyrics 1:57 / 2:33 (film version)
3 Dhairiyamaga Sol Nee Manithan T. M. Soundararajan Vaali 3:46 / 3:56 (film version)
4 Nanga Pudhusa T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 3:12 / 3:50 (film version)
5 Rukkumaniyae T. M. Soundararajan & L. R. Eswari 4:39 / 4:17 (film version)
6 Aandavane Un (Iraivaa Un) P. Susheela 3:58 / 4:16 (film version)
7 Mambhaza Thottam Seerkazhi Govindarajan & L. R. Eswari 5:11 / 6:23 (film version)



External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-cinemaplus/oli-vilakku-1968/article8318648.ece
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-cinemaplus/oli-vilakku-1968/article8318648.ece