Theertha Karaiyinile

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Theertha Karaiyinile
Directed byManivannan
Screenplay byManivannan
Story byP. Kalaimani
Produced byPala. Karuppiah
CinematographyA. Sabapathy
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Kamala Chithram
Release date
  • 11 September 1987 (1987-09-11)

Theertha Karaiyinile (transl. By the banks of the sacred river) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language drama 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).[1]


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 two uncles, 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 any one of their daughters 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, she also starts love 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, those two uncles 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 chellathayi listens to everything and learns who is her original son. Finally, Ganesan saves Pooncholai, reveals the truth to everyone, Mom chellathayi accepts Ganesan also as her son and Raghu dies, leaving his mother's responsibility to Ganesan.



During filming, Rupini, who is not a native Tamil speaker, had difficulties with the lengthy dialogues, but managed to Manivannan's satisfaction.[2]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3][4] The title song is set to the raga Shubhapantuvarali.[5][6]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Theerthakkarai" (Title Song) Ilaiyaraaja Gangai Amaran 02:04
"Ushaar" Ilaiyaraaja, Gangai Amaran Gangai Amaran 04:43
"Kotti Kidakkuthu" K. S. Chithra Ilaiyaraaja 04:36
"Asai Kiliyey Naan Solli" Mano Gangai Amaran 04:16
"Theerthakkarai" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 04:18
"Vizhiyil Pudhu Kavithai" Mano, K. S. Chithra Gangai Amaran 04:19
"Theychu" S. P. Sailaja Gangai Amaran 04:34

Release and reception[edit]

Theertha Karaiyinile was released on 11 September 1987.[7] NKS of The Indian Express called the film "well told", and was particularly appreciative of Gandhimathi's performance.[8] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki reviewed the film more negatively, saying the cinematography looked like that of an art film.[9]


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  3. ^ "Theertha Karaiyinile (1987)". Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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  5. ^ Mani, Charulatha (17 February 2012). "A Raga's Journey — Sorrowful Subhapantuvarali". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 May 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  6. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 161. OCLC 295034757.
  7. ^ "Theertha Karaiyinile / தீர்த்தக்கரையினிலே". Screen 4 Screen. Archived from the original on 16 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  8. ^ NKS (11 September 1987). "Well told". The Indian Express. p. 5. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (11 October 1987). "தீர்த்தக்கரையினிலே...!". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 68. Archived from the original on 30 July 2022. Retrieved 19 October 2021.

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