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Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu

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Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu
Directed byBalachandra Menon
Written byVijay Krishnaraj (dialogues)
Story byBalachandra Menon
Produced byK. R. Gangadharan
StarringSivaji Ganesan
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byK. P. Puthran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
KRG Film Circuit
Distributed byKRG Film Circuit
Release date
  • 16 July 1986 (1986-07-16)

Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu (transl. Lullaby to the mother) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language drama film, directed by Balachandra Menon and produced by K. R. Gangadharan.[1] The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, Visu and Pandiarajan. It was released on 16 July 1986.[2] The film was a remake of the director's own Malayalam film Oru Painkilikatha.[citation needed]


Rich industrialist Rajasekar is a loving husband to Dhanam and father to three children. Their oldest son is a Collector and married to a successful managing director of a company. Their youngest, Manju, is a brilliant college student aiming to become a doctor. Their middle child is the unambitious Kannan who couldn't succeed academically and is now working as a labourer in his father's factory. Rajasekar, though he loves his son, is also bitterly disappointed in Kannan and keeps him at an emotional distance. He hopes by withholding affection, he can spur Kannan into becoming more ambitious and successful in life. Dhanam, on the other hand, appreciates that Kannan is kind, funny and considerate of others. She showers him with affection and tries to bridge the divide between father and son. Kannan learns that Manju is in love with fellow college student Ramesh and is supportive. When Rajasekar arranges Manju's marriage to Kumar, Kannan objects. However, Manju is too intimidated to go against her strict father and sacrifices her love to marry Kumar. Kannan's own love affair with the maid, Chellakili comes to light when she becomes pregnant. Unlike Manju, Kannan chooses love despite his father's displeasure at his actions. He and Chellakili marry and move out with the help of family friend, Ponnambalam.

Although he left the family home, Kannan is still desperate for his father's love and approval. Pakkiri, a fellow worker at the factory who's looking to stir up trouble, senses Kannan's desperation and convinces him to join the union. Father and son clash when the workers agitate for better conditions. Padmavathi, a labour relations officer, is called in to mediate. Rajasekar is perturbed as he once knew Padmavathi before his marriage. Padmavathi grows closer to Kannan and Chellakili as Rajasekar continues to take a strict stand with his son. A family tragedy brings matters to a head, forcing Rajasekar to re-evaluate his priorities.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Vairamuthu.[3][4]

Song Singers Length
"Aalaiyilla Piranthaval" Ilaiyaraaja, Malaysia Vasudevan, P. Susheela 06:08
"Aarariroo" K. J. Yesudas 04:25
"Ilamai Kaalam" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:35
"Kadhala Kadhala" Ilaiyaraaja, K. S. Chithra 04:41
"Thanni Thavikuthu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 04:23


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki felt the film starts without a goal and continues without a goal, adding that the climax also ends tamely.[5]


  1. ^ "தாய்க்கு ஒரு தாலாட்டு". Kalki (in Tamil). 27 July 1986. p. 40. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  2. ^ "261-270". nadigarthilagam.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Thaaikku Oru Thaalattu (1986)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Thaaikku Oru Thaalaattu Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 30 May 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  5. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (3 August 1986). "தாய்க்கு ஒரு தாலாட்டு". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 63. Archived from the original on 22 June 2023. Retrieved 16 February 2023 – via Internet Archive.

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