Mani Malai (pronounced [maɳimaːl̪aɪ̯]) is a 1941 Indian Tamil-language anthology film. It consists of four short comedy films — Ashaadabuthi, Minor-in Kaathal, Abbuthi Adigal and Naveena Markandeyar — each made by a different director and featuring a different cast. The anthology film was successful.
Mani Malai is an anthology film consisting of four short comedy films, each made by a different director. The first, Ashaadabuthi, explores the serious issue of untouchability in a light manner, and was directed by Fram Sethna. The second, Minor-in Kaathal, revolves around a "minor"[a] refusing to marry the woman of his mother's choice. The third, Abbuthi Adigal, is a story of "godly devotion dealt with humour". The fourth, Naveena Markandeyar, tells the story of Markandeya in a parodical manner and was directed by A. T. Krishnasami. Shooting for Mani Malai took place at Vel Pictures Studio, Guindy.
Release and receptionEdit
Mani Malai was released in 1941 and emerged a commercial success; according to Krishnasami, it was due to "the presence of top comedy actors of that era".
- In Tamil vernacular, a "minor" is a young man living luxuriously on inherited wealth.