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Vattathukkul Chaduram
Vattathukkul Chaduram.jpg
Title card
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Based onVattathukkul Chaduram
by Maharishi
Produced byN. S. Mani
Sarath Babu
Edited byR. Vittal
N. Dhamodharan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
M. A. M. Films
Release date
  • 29 July 1978 (1978-07-29)
Running time
136 minutes[1]

Vattathukkul Chaduram (transl. A square within a circle) is a 1978 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by S. P. Muthuraman and produced by N. S. Mani. Based on the novel written by Maharishi,[2] the film stars Latha, Sumithra, Srikanth and Sarath Babu. The film had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja. The story depicts the depth of friendship shared between the characters Anu and Malathy.[3][4] It was released on 29 July 1978,[5] and Latha won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil.[6]


Anu falls in love with Karthik, the brother of her best friend Malathy from childhood. Karthik doesn't like her, since she was born out of wedlock. Malathy has always done well in school and wishes to continue studying further. Kartik and Malathy's mother tries to get her married. Anu suggests that she could take her along to Chennai, where she could continue studying while Anu pursues a dancing career. Anu has to compromise and get along with her hotel managers to get a dancing contract to earn money to educate Malathy. Meanwhile, Malathy's fiancée doesn't approve of her friendship with a club dancer, and asks Malathy to cut Anu out of her life. Though Malathy doesn't approve of her friend's way of earning a living, she cannot throw away 15 years of friendship. Malathy decides to cancel the marriage proposal in order to save her friendship. Anu goes to extreme measures to save her friend's love life.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Panchu Arunachalam.[7][8] The song "Kaadhal Ennum Kaaviyam" is set to the raga Panthuravali,[9] and "Idho Idho En Nenjile" is set to Mayamalavagowla.[10][11]

No. Song Singers Length
1 "Idho Idho En Nenjile" S. Janaki, B. S. Sasirekha, Uma Devi 05:13
2 "Perazhagu Meni" S. Janaki 03:15
3 "Kaadhal Ennum Kaaviyam" Jikki 04:35
4 "Aadachonnare" Jency 03:23


  1. ^ Dharap 1979, p. 338.
  2. ^ "Novelist Maharishi, famed for Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri, no more". The New Indian Express. 29 September 2019. Archived from the original on 5 October 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  3. ^ Shekar, Anjana (28 January 2020). "From 'Sakuntalai' to 'Game Over': Female friendships in Tamil cinema". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  4. ^ Subhakeerthana, S (30 July 2022). "Must-watch Tamil movies that celebrate friendship". OTTPlay. Archived from the original on 31 July 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  5. ^ "வட்டத்துக்குள் சதுரம் / Vatathukkul Chadhuram [sic] (1978)". Screen4Screen (in English and Tamil). Archived from the original on 13 August 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  6. ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. 1984. p. 234. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Vattathukkul Chaduram". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Vattathukkul Chaduram ( EP , 45 RPM )". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 21 October 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 143.
  10. ^ ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் ஜி. (18 May 2018). "ராக யாத்திரை 05: தாழ் திறந்த இசையின் கதவு". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 13 August 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  11. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 132.


  • Dharap, B. V. (1979). Indian Films. Motion Picture Enterprises. OCLC 982194991.
  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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