Rettai Vaal Kuruvi

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Rettai Vaal Kuruvi
Rettai Vaal Kuruvi poster.jpg
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Produced byAbdul Kader
Written byBalu Mahendra
Story byGauri
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byBalu Mahendra
Saagar Combines
Release date
27 February 1987

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 remade in a modified manner in Malayalam as Paavakoothu.


The story sets back to the vintage Madras Presidency. Mohan plays as Gopi, working in the National TV Station under his handler, confidant a good friend Margabandhu played by V.K.Ramasamy. Having already married to Thulasi, his rightful daughter of his aunt casted by Archana, Gopi finds love in Radha played by Radhika who is a reputed singer.

Gopi swaps between the two consorts and the film sets in a mood of hilarious, romantic journey. Ending up admitting both of the wives at a same hospital, he manages two cover up his secret love to be know from each other which fails in the end.

Finally, the film ends the with a happy note sharing the lives between the trio and beautiful two little kids.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4] The song "Raja Raja Chozhan" is set in the Keeravani raga,[5][6] while "Kannan Vanthu" is set in Natabhairavi.[7]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kannan Vanthu" S. Janaki Na. Kamarasan 04:11
2 "Raja Raja Chozhan" K. J. Yesudas Mu Metha 04:55
3 "Suthanthiratha Vaangi Puttom" P. Jayachandran, K. S. Chithra, Saibaba Gangai Amaran 05:42
4 "Thathedutha Muthu Pillai" P. Susheela, K. S. Chithra 04:36


N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express said, "Mohan, Archana and Radhika carry themselves with ease. Balu's photography, as usual, is marked by chiaroscuro, play of light and shade."[8]


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


  1. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (17 January 2015). "Going wild over titles". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  2. ^ Rajendran, Sowmya (24 February 2014). "Balu Mahendra, master of complex relationships". Sify. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ Vasudevan, K. V. (26 November 2016). "A filmy reunion". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Rettai Vaal Kuruvi Songs". Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 156.
  6. ^ Saravanan, T. (20 September 2013). "Ragas hit a high". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 137.
  8. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (6 March 1987). "Bigamist's woes". The Indian Express. p. 14.


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

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