Chakkaram (transl. Wheel) is a 1968 Indian Tamil-language film written and directed by A. Kasilingam. The film stars Gemini Ganesan, Vennira Aadai Nirmala and A. V. M. Rajan. It was released on 6 December 1968, and failed commercially.

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Directed byA. Kasilingam
Produced byK. R. Balan
Screenplay byA. Kasilingam
StarringGemini Ganesan
Vennira Aadai Nirmala
A. V. M. Rajan
Music byS. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Annai Films
Release date
  • 6 December 1968 (1968-12-06)
Running time
144 minutes[1]


Jambu (A. V. M. Rajan) is a thief who lives in the forests avoiding the police. There is a bounty of 1 lakh (equivalent to 41 lakh or US$58,000 in 2019) on his head. Meenakshi, an estate owner under heavy debt, has a son. Her secretary Babu(Gemini Ganesan) has a sister who is a college student falls in love with Meenakshi's son. Meenakshi stipulates that she is to be paid 50,000 (equivalent to 2.1 million or US$29,000 in 2019), otherwise the marriage between her son and Babu's sister will not take place. Babu and his friends head to the forest in search of Jambu to obtain the money he has robbed and the reward. The rest of the story deals with how the money is obtained.[2]


Adapted from The Hindu:[2]


Chakkaram was directed by A. Kasilingam who also wrote the screenplay. The film was produced by K. R. Balan under Annai Films. Cinematography was handled by Vijayan.[2] The final length of the film was 3,938 metres (12,920 ft).[1]


The soundtrack was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, while the lyrics were written by Vaali.[2][3]

1."Kasethan Kadavulappa"T. M. Soundararajan3:25
2."Kulikka Pora Kumaripponnu"T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela4:20
3."Neeye Oru Neram Sollu"T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela4:35
4."Oru Naal Iravu Orumani"L. R. Eswari4:09

Release and receptionEdit

Chakkaram was released on 6 December 1968,[4] and failed commercially.[2]


  1. ^ a b Cowie, Peter (1968). World Filmography. Tantivy Press. p. 267. ISBN 9780498015694.
  2. ^ a b c d e Guy, Randor (4 July 2015). "Chakkaram 1968". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Chakkaram". JioSaavn. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "At other theatres | Tamil". The Indian Express. 7 December 1968. p. 5.

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