Kaithi Kannayiram

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.[1]

Kaithi Kannayiram
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Directed byA. S. A. Sami
Produced byT. R. Sundaram
Based onQaidi No. 911
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyC. A. S. Mani
S. S. Lal
Distributed byModern Theatres
Release date
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.



Kaithi Kannayiram
Soundtrack album to Kaithi Kannayiram by
GenreFilm soundtrack
ProducerK. V. Mahadevan

The soundtrack album was composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The lyrics were written by A. Maruthakasi. The song "Konji Konji Pesi" is based on "Meethi Meethi Baaton Se" from the Hindi original.[2]

Track list[3]
1."Konji Konji Pesi - Happy"P. Suseela03:58
2."Sundelikkum"M. S. Rajeswari02:58
3."Maanam Nenjile"K. Jamuna Rani03:05
4."En Kannai Konjam"K. Jamuna Rani05:17
5."Kaadhalai Sodhichu"Seerkazhi Govindarajan & K. Jamuna Rani03:58
6."Saala Mishtri"Seerkazhi Govindarajan03:18
7."Sangadam"Seerkazhi Govindarajan02:55
8."Konji Konji Pesi - Pathos"P. Suseela and Chorus03:54
Total length:29:23


Kaithi Kannayiram was released on 1 December 1960,[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (22 September 2016). "Khaidi Kannaiah (1962)". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ Sriram, V. (1 August 2018). "Meethi Meethi baaton and Konji Konji pesi". Madras Heritage and Carnatic Music. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Kaithi Kannaayiram (1960)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ 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 21 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  5. ^ Guy, Randor (15 May 2011). "Kaithi Kannayiram 1960". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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