Seethakoka Chilaka

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Seetakoka Chilaka
Seethakoka Chiluka 1981.jpg
Film poster
Directed byBharathiraja
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Story byManivannan
Based onAlaigal Oivathillai (Tamil)
Produced byEdida Nageswara Rao of Poornodaya Movie Creations
Starring Ali
CinematographyB. Kannan
Music byIlaiyaraja
Release date
21 August 1981

Seethakoka Chilaka (transl.Butterfly) is a 1981 Indian Telugu-language romance film created by Poornodaya Movies and directed by Bharathiraja. It was simultaneously made in Tamil as Alaigal Oivathillai. Murali (credited as Karthik in Tamil) played the lead role in both versions of the film. Aruna Mucherla is the female lead character. The film was premiered at the 9th International Film Festival of India.[1] The film won five Nandi Awards.


Raghu (Murali) and the men of his village roam the village teasing girls. One day Karuna (Aruna Mucherla) enters the village. Raghu and his friends make mischief with her but when they come to know that Karuna is David's (Sharath Babu) 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 comes to know about 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.



Song Singer Lyrics
"Alalu Kalalu" (Duet) Vani Jairam, Ilaiyaraaja Veturi
"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[2]


  1. ^ "9th International Film Festival of India" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)