Mettukudi (The House on the Hill, மேட்டுக்குடி) is a 1996 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by Sundar C. starring Karthik, Gemini Ganesan, Goundamani, Nagma and Manivannan. The movie is based on the 1990 Malayalam movie His Highness Abdullah.[3]

Official DVD Box Cover
Directed bySundar C.[1]
Written byK. Selva Bharathy (dialogues)
Screenplay bySundar C.
Story bySundar C.
Produced byN. Prabhavathy
N. Jyothi Lakshmi
N. Vishnuram
N. Raghuram
Gemini Ganesan
CinematographyU. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited byP. Sai Suresh
Music bySirpy[2]
Ganga Gowri Productions
Distributed byGanga Gowri Productions
Release date
29 August 1996


The story starts in the 9th century. The King Raja Raja Chola presents his valuable sword to his commander-in-chief, for playing a vital role in winning a war. It was preserved by his family descendants. This information was known by an archaeologist(Rajeev) who plans to steal it due to its monetary value. Presently, Gemini Ganesan is charged with the care of the sword.

The villain plans to send Raja (Karthik) to do this job. He enters into the palace as the son (who ran off from the family in his childhood) of Manivannan, who Gemini Ganesan's son-in-law. Everything went smooth initially. However, Indhu (Nagma), Gemini Ganesan's granddaughter, fell in love with him. The situation called for Raja to marry her. Later, Indhu came to know the truth and challenges him about stealing the sword.

In the meantime, Gemini Ganesan, not knowing Raja for what he came there for, gave the sword to him and pressed him to look after it. This made Raja realize his mistake and promises him to protect it. The climax occurs when he manages to protect the sword from the villain, and the family accepted Raja after learning the truth.



Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJuly 1996 (1996 -07)
LabelPyramid Productions

All lyrics are written by Palani Bharathi.

1."Anbulla Mannavane"Mano, Swarnalatha5:15
2."Velvetta Velvetta"Mano, K. S. Chithra4:59
3."Indha Poonthendral"Mano, Sirpy, Israth4:59
4."Adi Yaaradhu Yaaradhu"Mano, K. S. Chithra5:00
5."Mana Madurai Gundu Malliye"Krishnachander, Swarnalatha4:55


  1. ^ Mettukudi, Music Plugin, retrieved 5 December 2008
  2. ^ a b Mettukudi songs, Thirai Paadal, retrieved 5 December 2008
  3. ^ "'Muthu' to '36 Vayathinile': Five blockbuster Tamil films that were remade from Malayalam movies". The Times of India. 19 March 2020.

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