Thaayillamal Naan Illai

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Thaayillamal Naan Illai
Thaayillamal Naan Illai.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Thyagarajan
Screenplay by
Story bySandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar
Produced byC. Thandayuthapani
CinematographyP. N. Sundaram
Edited byM. G. Balu Rao
Music byShankar–Ganesh
Thevar Films
Release date
  • 14 April 1979 (1979-04-14)
Running time
135 minutes

Thaayillamal Naan Illai (transl. I cannot live without my mother) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language film directed by R. Thyagarajan. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Major Sundarrajan and Jai Ganesh, with Rajinikanth and Nagesh in guest roles. It was released on 14 April 1979, and became a box office hit.


Raja, the son of a poor and widowed washerwoman, is well-talented in the arts from his childhood. A man who runs a drama troupe is impressed with Raja's talent and enlists him in this troupe and Raja's mother travels with the troupe as well. While performing in a zameen with the troupe, Raja meets and falls in love with the zamindar's daughter Bhuvana and they engage in a secretive romance assisted by Bhuvana's pet peacock Vadivelan. When the zamindar becomes aware of their relationship, he agrees to get them only married only if Raja cuts all ties with his mother, considering her poor status. Raja refuses and unable to convince her adamant father, Bhuvana elopes with Raja and joins the troupe as well. This enrages the zamindar's villainous nephew Mohan, who had been eyeing the zameen's ownership by marrying Bhuvana. Whether Raja and Bhuvana are able to thwart the odds against them form the rest of the story.



Kamal Haasan was given a "curly wig" and he grew a French beard to portray his character.[2] This was the last film in which Haasan, Sridevi and Rajinikanth acted together.[3]


All songs are written by Kannadasan and Vaali. Composed by Shankar–Ganesh.[4][5]

1."Vadivelan Manasu Vachaan"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela3:41
2."Nadiganin Kaadhali"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:56
3."Vanakkam Vanakkam" (Naveena Allidurbar Natakam)VaaliT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela, S. C. Krishnan and Chorus5:48
4."Eena Meena"VaaliP. Susheela3:33
5."Podi Vaikkiren"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:09
Total length:22:07

For the dubbed Hindi version, the lyrics were written by Madhukar.[6]

1."Ina Mina Yeh Aankhen Meri"MadhukarVani Jairam 
2."Iss Kadar Ishq Se Laj Sharam Kis Liye"MadhukarRaj Sitaraman 
3."Mantar Tere Jadoo Mantar Tere"MadhukarRaj Sitaraman 
4."Matwala Mann Ho Gaya"MadhukarRaj Sitaraman, Vani Jairam 


Thaayillamal Naan Illai was released on 14 April 1979,[7] and ran for over 200 days in theatres.[8] It was dubbed into Hindi as Aakhri Sangram in 1984.[6]


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  3. ^ Nayak, Satyarth (2019). Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess. India: Penguin Random House. p. 37. ISBN 978-93-5305-678-0.
  4. ^ Narayanan, Sujatha (28 July 2019). "Thamizh Talkies: Melodies that matter". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 19 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Thai Illamal Naan Illai". Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Aakhri Sangram (1984)". Muvyz. Archived from the original on 7 August 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  7. ^ வருண்.நா (22 January 2020). "சந்தானம் மட்டுமில்ல... ரஜினி, கமல், விஜயகாந்த் முதல் பரத் வரை இந்த லிஸ்ட்ல இருக்காங்க!". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 19 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  8. ^ Selvaraj, N. (20 March 2017). "வெள்ளி விழா கண்ட தமிழ் திரைப்படங்கள்". Thinnai. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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