Kaithi Kannayiram (transl. Convict Kannayiram) is a 1960 Indian Tamil language crime film, written and directed by A. S. A. Sami. Produced by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, the film starred R. S. Manohar and Rajasulochana. It is a remake of the Hindi film Qaidi No. 911, and was further remade in Telugu as Khaidi Kannaiah.
|Directed by||A. S. A. Sami|
|Produced by||T. R. Sundaram|
|Based on||Qaidi No. 911|
|Music by||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Cinematography||C. A. S. Mani|
S. S. Lal
|Distributed by||Modern Theatres|
|1 December 1960|
A jailor's son named kumaran is kidnapped by a vengeful murderous prisoner. Another prisoner who has lost his child escapes from the prison. He takes up the task of rescuing the jailor's missing son. The duty-conscious jailor is only keen on apprehending him. The child is taught music by a teacher and the song, "Konji Konji Pesi", becomes the link for the rescue of the child kept prisoner in a building. Unable to locate the child who is held captive, the music teacher goes around the town singing the song. On hearing the song, the child emerges from his hideout and utters the lines outwitting the guards. The child is rescued after a long fight between the two prisoners.
- R. S. Manohar as Kannayiram or prisoner no: 101
- P. S. Veerappa as Jagatheeran or no:420
- Rajasulochana as Pattammal music teacher
- K. A. Thangavelu as Singaram or No:55
- E. V. Saroja as Madhavi
- Seetharaman as Jailor
- Master Sridhar as Ravi,Kannayiram's kid
- ‘Baby' Savithiri as Kumaran,Jailor's kid
- Kallapart Natarajan as Inspector Anand
- ‘Socrates' Thangaraj
- 'Kambar' Jayaraman as Sethu
- 'Periyar' Rajavelu [Rajavelan]
|Soundtrack album to Kaithi Kannayiram by|
|Producer||K. V. Mahadevan|
|1.||"Konji Konji Pesi - Happy"||P. Suseela||03:58|
|2.||"Sundelikkum"||M. S. Rajeswari||02:58|
|3.||"Maanam Nenjile"||K. Jamuna Rani||03:05|
|4.||"En Kannai Konjam"||K. Jamuna Rani||05:17|
|5.||"Kaadhalai Sodhichu"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan & K. Jamuna Rani||03:58|
|6.||"Saala Mishtri"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan||03:18|
|8.||"Konji Konji Pesi - Pathos"||P. Suseela and Chorus||03:54|
Kaithi Kannayiram was released on 1 December 1960, and fared well at the box office. Film historian Randor Guy said that the film will be remembered for the melodious music and the fine performances by Manohar, Veerappa, Seetharaman, Raja Sulochana and the child artistes.
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