Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey
|Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey|
|Directed by||S. P. Muthuraman|
|Produced by||M. Saravanan|
|Written by||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Edited by||R. Vittal|
|Distributed by||AVM Productions|
|4 November 1983|
|Box office||₹3 crore (Tamil Nadu)|
Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey (lit. Don't Sleep Brother, Don't Sleep) is a 1983 Tamil-language Indian action film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Kamal Haasan in double role, supported by Radha and Sulakshana. It was a blockbuster and completed a 263-day run at the box office. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Jalsa Rayudu.
The film had Kamal Haasan playing dual roles; An unemployed degree holder (Gopi) from a middle class society and a rich graduate (Vinod) from high society returning from abroad after his father's death. In order to claim the property of Vinod, the estate manager (Vinuchakravarthy) with his mob guys assaults him and make him a drug addict by repeated injections administered by a fake doctor (Janagaraj). Radha's father (Danaal Thangavelu) a family friend of the Vinod's father, together with Radha (lover of Gopi) come to the estate on an excursion. Due to her curiosity, she sees Vinod and finds out that he is in a dangerous state of health due to the drug addiction. Radha later learns that Gopi and Vinod are twins separated at birth. With the help of the house's servant (Srinivasan), Radha replaces Vinod with Gopi and sends him to his mother's house to save him. Gopi takes it upon himself to save the estate and properties from the hands of Vinuchakravarthy and Senthamarai.
- Kamal Haasan as Gopi and Vinod
- Radha as Padmini
- Sulakshana as Jayanthi
- Jamuna as Anu
- V. K. Ramasamy
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Manager
- Goundamani as Servant
- Janagaraj as Doctor
After the success of Nadodi Mannan (1958), M. G. Ramachandran wanted his second directorial to be titled as Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey named after the song from the film, however the project was shelved. In 1983, AVM Productions launched a film with the same name starring Kamal Haasan. Kamal portrayed double roles, one a good man and the other a rich man. The film's cinematographer Babu used mask shots to differentiate the dual roles.
The song "Vaanam Keezhe" took 17 days to be completed and the song "Summa Nikkathinga" was shot at Vijaya Gardens. In order to shoot an expensive climax involving helicopter chase, makers took inspiration from the climax of Hindi film Dil Kaa Heera at the insistence of journalist Manian by taking long shots of bursting helicopter from that film and matched along with the actors.
The film emerged as the top grosser of the year grossing ₹3 crore at the box office.
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics for all songs were written by Vaali. The song "Naanaga Naanillai" was well received and it based on Chandrakauns raga which resembles Hindolam. The highlight of the album was the disco song Vaanam Keezhe....
|1||"Ada Rama..."||S. Janaki||Vaali||Kamal, Radha|
|2||"Naanaga Naanille..."||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Kamal, Jamuna|
|3||"Summa Nikkathinga..."||S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Kamal, Sulakshana|
|4||"Thoongaathe Thambi..."||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Kamal|
|5||"Vaanam Keezhe..."||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Kamal|
|6||"Naanaga Naanille..."||Ilaiyaraaja||Kamal, Jamuna|
|7||"Varudhu Varudhu..."||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Kamal, Radha|
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