Koondukkili (transl. The Caged Parrot) is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed and co-produced by T. R. Ramanna. The film stars M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and B. S. Saroja. Although a commercial failure, it gained historical reputation over time due to the fact it was the only film in which Ramachandran and Ganesan acted together.

Koondukkili
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byT. R. Ramanna
Written byVindhan
Produced byT. R. Ramanna
T. R. Rajakumari
StarringM. G. Ramachandran
Sivaji Ganesan
B. S. Saroja
T. D. Kusalakumari
CinematographyM. A. Rehman
Edited byM. S. Mani
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Production
company
R. R. Pictures
Release date
  • 26 August 1954 (1954-08-26)
[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Thangaraj and Jeeva are friends. Thangaraj is married to Mangala and they have a son. Thangaraj goes to jail for a crime committed by Jeeva. Mangala is left with no money or house to live. Jeeva tries to help Mangala with the sinister motive of having a relationship with her. After she repeatedly refuses his attempts to help her, Jeeva starts to sadistically taunt her, but he could never win her . Meanwhile, Sokki is in love with Jeeva. When Jeeva tries to embrace Mangala, he is struck by thunder and loses his eye sight. Thangaraj is released from prison and saves Mangala from Jeeva.

CastEdit

Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran Thangaraj
Sivaji Ganesan Jeeva/Jeevanandam
B. S. Saroja Mangala
T. D. Kusalakumari Sokki
Master Mohan Kannan (Thangaraj Son)
K. Sarangapani
Friend Ramasamy
V. M. Ezhumalai
E. R. Sahadevan Sokkalingam
T. P. Muthulakshmi Chinnaiyee
G. Sakunthala Platform (Mad Lady)
K. S. Angamuthu Thangraj (Home Owner)

ProductionEdit

This is the only film where Tamil superstars M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan acted together. It was written by Vindhan, a social activist and reformist writer.[2]

SoundtrackEdit

The music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Lyrics by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass, Vindhan, Ka. Mu. Sheriff & A. Maruthakasi. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, K. V. Mahadevan, V. N. Sundharam, P. A. Periyanayaki, T. V. Rathnam, Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aanandhamaai Vaazha Vendume on YouTube T. V. Rathnam A. Maruthakasi 03:06
2 Yaar Vanthennai Edhirtthaalum P. A. Periyanayaki Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:00
3 Raatthirikku Boovaavukku Laatteri on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, K. V. Mahadevan & V. N. Sundharam Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 02:46
4 Paar En Magale Paar Paar on YouTube Radha Jayalakshmi Vindhan 03:31
5 Solla Vallaayo Kiliye on YouTube T. V. Rathnam Mahakavi Bharathiyar 05:32
6 Vaanga Ellorume Ondraagave on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, V. N. Sundharam, Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani Ka. Mu. Sheriff 03:57
7 Konjum Kiliyaana Pennai on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan Vindhan 05:21
8 Kaayaadha Kaanagatthe on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan & V. N. Sundharam Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:20
9 Enakku Theriyala Nijama on YouTube P. A. Periyanayaki Vindhan 02:25

ReceptionEdit

Koondukkili was a commercial failure in its original release, but as it remained the only film in which Ramachandran and Ganesan acted together, it gained historical reputation over time.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (26 August 2020). "ஒரே எம்ஜிஆர், ஒரே சிவாஜி, ஒரே 'கூண்டுக்கிளி'; 'கூண்டுக்கிளி' வெளியாகி 66 ஆண்டுகள்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  2. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (24 June 2020). "BS Saroja talks about working with MGR and Sivaji Ganesan in 'Koondukkili'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  3. ^ Guy, Randor (10 October 2008). "Goondukili 1954". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Sivaji-MGR's film together". The Times of India. 10 September 2012. Archived from the original on 25 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.

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