Rettai Vaal Kuruvi

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Rettai Vaal Kuruvi
Rettai Vaal Kuruvi poster.jpg
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Screenplay byBalu Mahendra
Story byGauri
Produced byAbdul Kader
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byBalu Mahendra
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Saagar Combines
Release date
  • 27 February 1987 (1987-02-27)

Rettai Vaal Kuruvi (lit.'Two-tailed Sparrow')[a] is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film, starring Mohan, Raadhika and Archana. It is based on the 1984 American film Micki & Maude.[2] The film was released on 27 February 1987.


The story sets back to the vintage Madras Presidency. Gopi works in the National TV Station under his handler, a confidant and good friend Margabandhu. Though Gopi has already been married to Thulasi, the rightful daughter of his aunt, he finds love in Radha, who is a reputed singer. Gopi swaps between the two consorts, and the film sets in a mood of hilarious, romantic journey. This goes on until it ends up in admitting both of the wives at a same hospital due to different reasons. He manages to cover up his secret love to be known from each other, which fails in the end. Finally, the film ends on a happy note sharing the lives between the trio and two beautiful little kids.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6][7] The song "Kannan Vanthu" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Natabhairavi.[8][9] while "Raja Raja Chozhan" is set in Keeravani.[10][11] This song involves a "switch from 12/8 to shuffle".[12] For the dubbed Telugu version Rendu Thokala Pitta, all songs were written by Rajasri.[13]

1."Raja Raja Chozhan"Mu. MethaK. J. Yesudas4:55
2."Kannan Vanthu"Na. KamarasanS. Janaki4:11
3."Suthanthiratha Vaangi Puttom"Gangai AmaranP. Jayachandran, K. S. Chithra, Saibaba5:42
4."Thathedutha Muthu Pillai"Gangai AmaranP. Susheela, K. S. Chithra4:36
1."Naa Andamaina"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:40
2."Sandhyavela Paadinadi"S. Janaki4:20
3."Swatantraanni Tecchukunnam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja5:47

Release and reception[edit]

Rettai Vaal Kuruvi was released on 27 February 1987.[14] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "Mohan, Archana and Radhika carry themselves with ease. Balu's photography, as usual, is marked by chiaroscuro, play of light and shade."[15]


  1. ^ While "Rettai Vaal Kuruvi" correctly translates to "two-tailed sparrow", it is also a sly reference to Mohan's two-timing character.[1]


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  3. ^ Rajendran, Sowmya (11 April 2017). "From 'Sakalakala Vallavan' to 'Kaatru Veliyidai': Tracing Kollywood's portrayal of abusive love". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
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  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 137.
  9. ^ ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் ஆர். (7 September 2018). "ராகயாத்திரை 21: ஆனந்த ராகம் கேட்கும் காலம்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 5 September 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 156.
  11. ^ Saravanan, T. (20 September 2013). "Ragas hit a high". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  12. ^ Rangan, Bharadwaj (28 June 2009). "The beat is on". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Rendu Tokala Pitta". Gaana. Archived from the original on 26 April 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  14. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (29 April 2020). "'உன்னை ஆடியன்ஸ் திட்டப்போறாங்க பாரு' ; நடிகர் மோகனிடம் சொன்ன பாலுமகேந்திரா!". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 24 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  15. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (6 March 1987). "Bigamist's woes". The Indian Express. p. 14. Retrieved 27 December 2018.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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