|Story by||P. Kalaimani|
|Produced by||Pala. Karuppiah|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
Theertha Karaiyinile (transl. By the banks of the sacred river) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by Manivannan. The film stars Mohan and Rupini. It was released on 11 September 1987. The film was remade in Telugu as Varasudochadu (1988).
Ganesan an unemployed man, once met with an accident and was admitted to the hospital. There, he meets a TB patient, Raghu, who is going to die in few days; both of them become good friends. Raghu tells Ganesan regarding his past that he is the son of his mother Chellathayee , a major landlord in a village. Raghu used to do a lot of mischief in his childhood; one day his friend Seenu died because of his mistake and he ran away from home. After listening to his story, Ganesan tells him to go back to his village, but since he will not live for many days, he sends Ganesan in his place.
Ganesan reaches the village as Raghu, everyone accepts him as Raghu expect Ammiraju and Subba Raju sons-in-law of Mom chellathayee, who are eagerly waiting for their mother-in-law's property. They try in many ways to eliminate Raghu / Ganesan but fail, finally, they want to make their daughters Bujji and Baby's marriage with him. Meanwhile, Raghu / Ganesan falls in love with a girl Pooncholai, sister of Seenu, whom Raghu killed in childhood. In the beginning, she hates him but after knowing the truth, but she also loves him. Arulvakku aiyasami, who knows the entire story regarding Ganesan and Raghu comes to the village and starts blackmailing Raghu / Ganesan. At the same time, the original Raghu also enters the village to spend his last days with his mother.
Meanwhile, Ammiraju and Subba Raju start torturing Pooncholai, to remove her from Raghu / Ganesan's life. Simultaneously, Raghu is in his last minutes, even then he sends Ganesan to protect Pooncholai. Mom listens to everything and learns who is her original son. Finally, Ganesan saves Pooncholai, reveals the truth to everyone, Mom accepts Ganesan also as her son and Raghu dies, leaving his mother's responsibility to Ganesan.
- Mohan as Ganesan (Raja)
- Rupini as Poonjolai
- Janagaraj as Panchayat
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Sarasu's Husband
- Malaysia Vasudevan as Kova Sarala's husband
- Venniradai Moorthy as 'Arul Vaakku' Ayyasamy
- Vasanth as Ganesan
- Thyagu as Village President
- Ganthimathi as Chellathayi
- Kovai Sarala as Sarasu's sister
- Vijaya Chandrika as Sarasu
During filming, Rupini, who is not a native Tamil speaker, had difficulties with the lengthy dialogues, but managed to Manivannan's satisfaction.
|1||"Theerthakkarai" (Title Song)||Ilaiyaraaja||Gangai Amaran||02:04|
|2||"Ushaar"||Ilaiyaraaja, Gangai Amaran||Gangai Amaran||04:43|
|3||"Kotti Kidakkuthu"||K. S. Chithra||Ilaiyaraaja||04:36|
|4||"Asai Kiliyey Naan Solli"||Mano||Gangai Amaran||04:16|
|5||"Theerthakkarai"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Gangai Amaran||04:18|
|6||"Vizhiyil Pudhu Kavithai"||Mano, K. S. Chithra||Gangai Amaran||04:19|
|7||"Theychu"||S. P. Sailaja||Gangai Amaran||04:34|
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