Brother-sister bonding – F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

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India recently celebrated Raksha Bandhan, a day that signifies the special bonding shared between brothers and sisters. Tamil cinema has been cherishing this affectionate relationship from black and white era with a host of films that stirred the emotions of the audience.

This week, as part of its Friday Special Article series, explores some Tamil movies that revolved around brother-sister bonding.


This film would strike Tamil people whenever one talks about affectionate brother and sister. It  is a 1961 movie directed by A Bhimsingh. It stars Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan and Savithri, while K A Thangavelu, M N Rajam and M N Nambiar play supporting roles.

It tells the story of Rajasekhar and his bonding with his younger sister Radha. Radha falls in love with his brother’s friend. Rajasekhar eventually arranges for their marriage. Problems they face form the story. It was the film adaptation of the Malayalam writer Kottarakara’s story of the same name.

‘Pasamalar’ was released on 27 May 1961 and received critical acclaim with Ganesan and Savitri’s performances being widely lauded. The film was also a commercial success, with a theatrical run of over 26 weeks, thereby becoming a silver jubilee film.


‘En Thangai’ is a 1952 film starring M G Ramachandran in the lead role. The film is based on T S Natarajan’s play of the same name. It was remade in Hindi as ‘Chhoti Bahen’, in Telugu as ‘Aada Paduchu’ and in Kannada as ‘Onde Balliya Hoogalu’.

Elder brother Rajendran (MGR), the good-hearted breadwinner of the family, watches over his young brother, Selvam (P V Narasimha Bharathi), a student, his younger sister Meena (E V.Saroja) and their very ill mother, Gunavathi (S R Janaki).

Karunagaran Pillai (M G Chakrapani), their paternal uncle, robs them of their fortune after the disappearance of the patriarch, and refuses all requests for financial help by Rajendran.


‘En Thangai Kalyani’ was released in 1988, directed and produced by T Rajendar. Rajender himself appeared in the title role, with Sudha. The film featured an extensive cast, which also featured Rajendar’s real life children. The film was released on 5 February 1988 and was a blockbuster.

Senthamarai deserts Srividhya and his two children, Rajendar & Sudha, to live with his concubine. He marries her and lives with her without taking care of his wife and children. Rajendar grows up with hatred of his father. He loves his sister Kalyani (Sudha) very much and buys everything for her. He sends her to college, but she falls in love with her co-student against the wishes of her brother and mother.

The guy to whom she was in love with is a fraud and does anything for money. Rajendar tries to warn Kalyani, but she elopes with him and marries him. Months later, Rajendar finds out that Kalyani is ill-treated by her husband, who is now living with a dancer.


‘Kizhakku Cheemayile’ is a 1993 film directed by Bharathiraja. It has music composed by A R Rahman. The film involves a touching sentimental story between a brother and a sister.

Radhika and Vijayakumar have been highly praised for their roles in the film. The film was one among Deepavali releases of 1993. Later it was remade in Telugu in 1994 as ‘Palnati Pourusham’. The film opened to positive reviews and turned out to be a blockbuster.

Maayaandi Thevan (Vijayakumar) is very fond of his younger sister Virumaayi (Radhika). She too pours love and affection onto Maayaandi. Virumaayi is married to Sivanaandi (Napoleon )from the neighbouring village. Sivanaandi’s brother-in-law, Periya Karuppu (Suryakanth) does not like Maayaandi and tries to create rift between them.


‘Samudhiram’ is a 2001 film written by Erode Sounder and directed by K S Ravikumar. The film stars an ensemble cast of Sarath Kumar, Murali, Manoj Bharathiraja, Kaveri, Abhirami, Sindhu Menon and Monal.

The film’s score and soundtrack are composed by Sabesh-Murali. The film was released on 31 August 2001. The film was remade in Telugu as ‘Siva Rama Raju’ with Jagapathi Babu, in Bengali as ‘Kartabya’, and in Kannada as ‘Paramashiva’ with V Ravichandran. Even though it got mixed reviews, it became a ‘super hit’ at the box office.

Selvarasu (Sarath Kumar) is the head of his family, and his two brothers Thangarasu (Murali) and Chinnarasu (Manoj Bharathiraja) are ready to give up their lives for him. The three brothers are very fond of their sister Rasamani (Kaveri).

A rich man from the neighboring village (Pyramid Natarajan), Chinniyampalyam Zamin Rangarajan, feels insulted when Thangarasu mishandles his son Aakash (Akash) during a temple festival, and to take revenge, he comes with a wedding proposal to make Rasamani his daughter-in-law. At the time of the wedding, the groom’s family demands the entire wealth of Selvarasu to be transferred to Rasamani as the dowry, for which Selvarasu and his brothers agree.


‘Thirupaachi’ is a 2005 film written and directed by Perarasu. The movie stars Vijay, Trisha and Mallika in the lead roles, with Livingston, Pasupathy, Benjamin, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Vaiyapuri and Manoj K Jayan in other roles. Chaya Singh made a guest appearance in a song.

The film featured score composed by Dhina, and a soundtrack jointly composed by Dhina, Devi Sri Prasad, and Mani Sharma. The story is about the upright lifestyle of Sivagiri and the affectionate bond he has with his sister. It was released on 14 January 2005.

The movie was remade in 2006 in two languages – in Kannada as ‘Thangigagi’ and in Telugu as ‘Annavaram’ – both of which were released within a span of two months.

Sivagiri (Vijay) is a bladesmith in a remote village near Thirupaachi. He has a lovable sister named Karpagam (Mallika). He runs into some hilarious incidents while searching locally for a groom for his sister.

Sivagiri confides to his friend Kannapan (Benjamin) that he wants his sister to be in a good city after her marriage. Sivagiri also nods his acceptance when a city guy proposes to Karpagam. He accompanies the newlyweds to Chennai where he ensures that the city and his sister life are free of troubles.


‘Vedhalam’ is a 2015 film written and directed by Siva, and produced by Aishwarya. The film features Ajith Kumar, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles, with Rahul Dev, Kabir Duhan Singh, and Soori in supporting roles.

Anirudh Ravichander composed the film’s music and background score, while Vetri was the cinematographer, and Ruben was the editor. Production began in April 2015 and was released on 10 November 2015, coinciding with Deepavali.

It was remade in Bengali in 2018 as ‘Sultan: The Saviour’. The film focuses on a former gangster and mercenary named Ganesh, who reforms to protect his adoptive sister Thamizh from a ruthless international criminal syndicate.


‘Namma Veettu Pillai’ is a 2019 film written and directed by Pandiraj and produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures.The film is about two siblings played by Aishwarya Rajesh and Sivakarthikeyan alongside Anu Emmanuel as his love interest and a supporting cast including Samuthirakani, Soori, Bharathiraja, and Natarajan Subramaniam.

The movie marks the third collaboration between Pandiraj and Sivakarthikeyan after ‘Marina’ and ‘Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’. The music for the film is scored by D Imman, while cinematography and editing is handled by Nirav Shah and Ruben respectively. The film released on 27 September 2019.

Arumpon is a village youth who dotes his sister Thulasi. Even paternal uncles disregard Arumpon’s family and consider Thulasi as a curse on their family. The only people who care for Arumpon’s family are his grandfather Arunmozhivarman and his cousin Paramu.

By Naveen

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