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Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byM. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam ..
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
Release date
4 November 1983[1]
Box office5 crore (Tamil Nadu)

Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey (transl. Don't Sleep Brother, Don't Sleep) is a 1983 Indian Tamil-language action film[2] 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[3] and Malayalam as Vasantholsavam.[4]


Gopi is an unemployed graduate from a middle class society and Vinod is a rich graduate from high society returning from abroad after his father's death. In order to claim the property of Vinod, the estate manager with his mob guys assaults him and make him a drug addict by repeated injections administered by a fake doctor. Gopi's lover Padmini's father, a family friend of Vinod's father, together with Padmini, 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. Padmini later learns that Gopi and Vinod are twins separated at birth. With the help of the house's servant, Padmini 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 his accomplice.



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.[6] 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.[7]

The song "Vaanam Keezhe" took 17 days to be completed, this song was taken at a cost of Rs 6 lakh. The song "Summa Nikkathinga" was shot at Vijaya Gardens.[7][5] 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.[7][8]


The film emerged as the top grosser of the year grossing 5 crore at the box office.


Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAVM Audio
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics for all songs were written by Vaali.[9][10] The song "Naanaga Naanillai" was well received and it based on Chandrakauns raga which resembles Hindolam.[11] The highlight of the album was the disco song Vaanam Keezhe....

1."Thoongaathe Thambi..."VaaliS. P. Balasubramanyam 
2."Vaanam Keezhe..."VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
3."Ada Rama Nee Nammakitta..."VaaliS. Janaki 
4."Summa Nikkathinga..."VaaliS. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 
5."Naanaga Naanille..."VaaliS. P. Balasubramanyam 
6."Naanaga Naanille..."VaaliIlaiyaraaja 
7."Varudhu Varudhu..."VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 
Malayalam Track list[12]
1."Urangaathe Chumma Urangathe..."Poovachal KhaderP. Jayachandran 
2."Vaanam Thazhe Vannal..."Poovachal KhaderS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
3."Hey Kema Ee Nammalodu..."Poovachal KhaderS. Janaki 
4."Chumma Ninneedale..."Poovachal KhaderP. Jayachandran, S. Janaki 
5."Njaanayee Njaanilla Dhanye..."Poovachal KhaderP. Jayachandran 
6."Varunnu Varunne ini..."Poovachal KhaderS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 


  1. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 274.
  2. ^ "நடிப்பதற்கு முன் ஒத்திகை அவசியம்: "நேர்மையானவர்களுக்கு சினிமா ஒரு நல்ல தொழில்" கமல்ஹாசன் பேச்சு". Dina Thanthi. 2 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
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  4. ^ "Vasantholsavam (1983)".
  5. ^ a b Saravanan 2013, p. 276.
  6. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (8 February 2000). "Box office collection". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Muthuraman, S. P. (13 July 2016). "சினிமா எடுத்துப் பார் 66: போதையில் இருக்கும் கமல்!". The Hindu Tamil. Archived from the original on 23 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  8. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 275.
  9. ^ "Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey Songs". starmusiq. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Thoongathe Thambi Thoongathe - Tamil Billywood Vinyl LP".
  11. ^ Mani, Charulatha (8 November 2013). "Of love and longing". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Vasantholsavam (1983)".


  • Saravanan, M. (2013) [2005]. AVM 60 cinema (in Tamil) (3rd ed.). Rajarajan Pathippagam.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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