Thambikku Entha Ooru

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Thambikku Entha Ooru
Thambikku Entha Ooru poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed byRajasekhar
Produced byMeena Panju Arunachalam
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byR. Vittal
P. A. Art Productions
Distributed byP. A. Art Productions
Release date
  • 20 April 1984 (1984-04-20)
Running time
136 minutes

Thambikku Entha Ooru (English: which town are you from, brother?) is a 1984 Indian Tamil language film directed by Rajasekhar, starring Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Sulakshana, Sathyaraj and Senthamarai. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was later remade in Kannada as Anjada Gandu (1988).[2]


The film begins by showing Rajni as Balu, a lavish spendthrift with a cavalier attitude towards life. Born to a rich father Chandrasekhar (VS Raghavan), Rajni has a rampant and aggressive behaviour and gets into confrontations wherever he perceives injustice. Worried about Rajni's behaviour, his father decides to send him to his friend and ex-militaryman Gangadharan's (played by Sendhamarai) village - Uthama Palayam, to work for him for one year with a condition that Rajni will not reveal that he is the son of Chandrasekhar. Rajni slowly gets accustomed to the village life and learns to work hard and develops a good relation with Gangadharan and his family. During his stay, he spars with an arrogant rich girl, Sumathi (Madhavi). Madhavi assuming Rajni to be a poor villager tries to humiliate him and Rajni responds in kind. Eventually they both fall in love. In a triangular story line, Gangadharan's daughter played by Sulokshana, also falls in love with Rajni, but learns he is in love with Madhavi. A dejected Sulokshana agrees to marry a man (Sathyaraj) chosen by her father. Madhavi's father (played by Vinu Chakravarthi) who had agreed to get her married to his partner's son rescinds the proposal on Madhavi's request. This enrages the villainous partner (Srikanth) and he kidnaps Madhavi to marry her by force to his son Nizhalgal Ravi. Rajni rescues her and leaves her in the custody of Satyaraj and Sulakshana. However Sathyaraj betrays his trust and turns her over back to Srikanth and Nizhalgal Ravi. In a final fight sequence, Rajni rescues Madhavi and returns her to her father. Rajni then leaves the village after learning hard work, discipline and many other good virtues from Gangadharan. The final scene shows Madhavi and her father at Rajni's father house discussing marriage for Madhavi. Madhavi refuses but soon realizes that she is actually in Rajni's house and to everyone's surprise Rajni clad in a full suit walks down the stairs when the credits start rolling.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] The song "Kadhalin Deepam Ondru" is based on the Charukesi raga.[4] Ilaiyaraaja was hospitalised after a hernia surgery and therefore unable to sing, so he composed this song by whistling and sent the notes to his studio. During the recording and rehearsals, Ilaiyaraaja would be available over phone to make corrections, and when the song's singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki were recording, they practised the whole tune and sang it over the phone and Ilaiyaraaja made the necessary corrections.[5][6] The song "Aasaikliye" is based on Arabhi raga.[7] The song "En Vaazhvile" is based on "Aye Zindagi Gale Lagale" from Sadma (1983).[8]

In May 2015, the FM radio station, Radio City, commemorated Ilaiyaraaja's 72nd birthday by broadcasting the composer's songs in a special show titled Raja Rajathan for 91 days. "Kadhalin Deepam Ondru" was one of the most requested songs on the show.[9]

All lyrics are written by Panchu Arunachalam; all music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

1."Aasaik Kiliye"Malaysia Vasudevan 
2."En Vaazhvile Varum Anbe Vaa"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
3."Kaathalin Deepam Onru I"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
4."Kaathalin Deepam Onru II"S. Janaki 
5."Kalyaana Mela Saththam"S. Janaki 


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