Seethakoka Chilaka

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Seetakoka Chilaka
Seethakoka Chilaka.jpg
Film poster
Directed byBharathiraja
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Dialogue byJandhyala
Story byManivannan
Produced byEdida Nageswara Rao
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Poornodaya Movie Creations
Release date
  • 21 August 1981 (1981-08-21)

Seethakoka Chilaka (transl.Butterfly) is a 1981 Indian Telugu-language romance film directed by Bharathiraja. The film was produced by Edida Nageswara Raa on Poornodaya Movie Creations banner and was simultaneously shot alongside its Tamil version titled Alaigal Oivathillai.[1][2] Murali (credited as Karthik in Tamil) played the lead role in both versions of the film, making his career debut in both the language versions simultaneously. Mucherla Aruna plays the female lead, while Radha played the same character in the Tamil version. Aruna and Radha made their acting debuts in each of the versions of the film. The film was retrospectively featured in the Indian Panorama section of the 9th International Film Festival of India, 1983.[3] The film won five Nandi Awards.


Raghu and the men of his village roam the village teasing girls. One day Karuna enters the village. Raghu and his friends make mischief with her but when they come to know that Karuna is David's sister, they become afraid of her. Raghu's mother is a classical music teacher. Karuna wants to learn classical singing, hence she goes to Raghu's house. Slowly Raghu and Karuna fall in love with each other. When Raghu's mother learns of their love, she warns Raghu about the difference between him and Karuna. Karuna belongs to a Christian community, whereas Raghu is a Hindu. Moreover, Karuna's brother David is a heartless person who may even kill Raghu for loving Karuna. But Raghu and Karuna explore their love even when all the villagers are against them. They leave the village to fly to their lovely world, like butterflies, hence the title Seethakoka Chilaka.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Veturi.[4]

Song Singer
"Alalu Kalalu" (Duet) Vani Jairam, Ilaiyaraaja
"Alalu Kalalu" (Solo) Vani Jairam
"Saagara Sangamame" (Duet) P. Susheela, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Saagara Sangamame" (Solo) Vani Jairam
"Minneti Sooredu" Vani Jairam, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Maate Manthramu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja
"Ka Ka Ki Ki Ku Ku Ke" Ramesh


National Film Awards – 1981
Nandi Awards – 1981[5]


  1. ^ "నాలుగు ప‌దుల సీతాకోక‌చిలక‌". NTV (in Telugu). 21 August 2021. Archived from the original on 21 August 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  2. ^ "నువ్వు పట్టుచీర కడితే..." Sakshi (in Telugu). 30 April 2018. Archived from the original on 7 February 2022. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. ^ "9th International Film Festival of India" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Seethakoda Chilaka Telugu Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 1 March 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  5. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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