Alli (film)

Alli is a 1964 Indian Tamil-language film produced and directed by S. S. Rajendran. He also stars along with C. R. Vijayakumari and Sowcar Janaki playing the title character. The film was released on 5 March 1964.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. S. Rajendran
Story byNagercoil Padmanabhan
Produced byS. S. Rajendran
StarringS. S. Rajendran
R. Vijayakumari
Sowcar Janaki
Edited byDevan
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Rajendran Pictures
Release date
  • 5 March 1964 (1964-03-05)


Kannan is an idealistic police officer whose sense of duty transcends family ties and normal human sentiment. His loyalty to duty extends to making sure his friends and relatives, as well as his superiors, are taken into account of justice. He overcomes cognitive dissonance and performs his duty to truth and justice, even when that means arresting loved ones. At a pivotal moment of the film, he books his own beloved when he discovers her guilty of theft. The film ends with the reunion of the lovers. But Kannan's beloved, having given away her eyesight to him, enters prison as an atonement for the crime she committed early in her life.



S. S. Rajendran directed and produced Alli under his production company Rajendran Pictures,[2] in addition to starring. C. R. Vijayakumari and Sowcar Janaki played the female leads.[2][3] Nagercoil Padmanabhan wrote the story and dialogue, Devan handled the editing,[4] and Sundarababu handled the cinematography.[5]


The soundtrack was composed by K. V. Mahadevan.[1]

1."Kaveri Meenadiyo"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 
2."Andhi Malar"Alangudi SomuS. V. Ponnusamy, Jamuna Rani 
3."Kanni Pennai"M. K. AthmanathanP. Susheela 
4."Ennunga Ennai Theriyuma"Panchu ArunachalamP. Susheela 
5."Unnaiyanri"KannadasanP. Susheela 
6."Nalungu Paadava"Panchu ArunachalamS. Janaki 

Release and receptionEdit

Alli was released on 5 March 1964.[4] The critic from The Indian Express likened Rajendran to a Jack of all trades, master of none, saying, "If producer-director-actor-MLA S. S. Rajendran had realised this and acted accordingly, Alli [...] would have been much more appealing. In trying to do too many things at the same time, Rajendran has taken upon himself more than he could have handled."[6] T. M. Ramachandran of Sport and Pastime positively reviewed the film for the performances of Rajendran, Vijayakumari, Janaki and the supporting cast, in addition to Nagesh's comedy and Sundarababu's cinematography.[5] Link also praised Rajendran and Janaki's performances.[7] Kanthan of Kalki compared the film to Ezhai Padum Padu and Needhikkuppin Paasam, saying those who did not watch those two would enjoy this.[8]


  1. ^ a b c அல்லி (song book) (in Tamil). Rajendran Pictures. 1964.
  2. ^ a b Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 5 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ "லட்சிய நடிகர் எஸ்.எஸ்.ராஜேந்திரன்" [S. S. Rajendran, the actor of principles]. Dina Thanthi (in Tamil). 24 October 2014. Archived from the original on 5 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Alli". The Indian Express. 5 March 1964. p. 10.
  5. ^ a b Ramachandran, T. M. (4 April 1964). "A Triumph for Rajendran". Sport and Pastime. p. 50.
  6. ^ "Alli: Too many things at a time". The Indian Express. 13 March 1964. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Glorious Cop". Link. Vol. 6 no. 26–52. 1964. p. 39.
  8. ^ காந்தன் (22 March 1964). "அல்லி". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 39. Archived from the original on 12 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.

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