Aaraichimani or Manuneethi Chozhan

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ஆராய்ச்சிமணி அல்லது மனுநீதி சோழன்
Directed by P. K. Raja Sandow
Produced by Kandhan and Company
Story by Kavi Kunjaram
Based on Life Story of Manu Needhi Cholan[1]
Starring P. B. Rangachari
M. R. Santhanalakshmi
S. Balachandar
S. Varalakshmi
A. R. Sakunthala
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
and others
Music by Srinivasa Rao Shinde
Cinematography E.R. Cooper
Edited by Panjabi
Kandhan Studio (Coimbatore)
Release dates
Country India
Language Tamil

Araichimani or Manuneethi Chozhan is a 1942 Indian Tamil language film directed by P. K. Raja Sandow. The film features P. B. Rangachari, M. R. Santhanalakshmi, S. Balachandar, S. Varalakshmi, A.R. Sakunthala, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram in the lead roles.[2]


The story of Manuneethi Chozhan is popular because he was a just king. When a calf was killed by his only son and the mother cow asked for justice, he ordered that his son be killed in the same manner as the calf was killed by him (the son).[1]
However, God restored both his son's and the calf's life. However, this story is downplayed in the film story. What constitutes the film story is a continuation of the aftermath of this popular story.
The prince falls in love with the daughter of a minister in the King's court. But the minister opposes their marrying each other.
How they finally get married forms the rest of the story.


P. B. Rangachari
M. R. Santhanalakshmi
S. Balachandar
S. Varalakshmi
A. R. Sakunthala
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
P. S. Chandra
Master Radha
C. P. Viswanathan
M. R. Saminathan
S. Kosalram
T. R. Lakshminarayanan
B. P. Ramalingam
T. S. Ponnusami Pillai
R. G. L. Natarajasundaram
M. S. Dhanalakshmi, and
R. A. Lakshmirani
Dances — Kalamandalam Madhavan Thangamani Chitralekha Group





The film was produced by Kandhan Studios that was owned by Kandhan and company in Coimbatore. This film is one of their famed productions. Unfortunately, neither the studio nor the company exist now.[2]


Music was directed by Srinivasa Rao Shinde while the lyrics were written by Kambadasan. Singers are: S. Balachandar, S. Varalakshmi, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram. Details about playback singers are not known.[2]
According to information available in an old copy of the song book, there are 20 songs in the film.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Lore of Manu Needhi Cholan". The Hindu. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Guy, Randor (1 March 2014). "Araichimani or Manuneethi Chozhan (1942)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. Araichimani Songbook. Coimbatore: Manickam Press.
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