Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Produced by T. R. Ramanna
T. R. Rajakumari
Written by Vindhan
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
Sivaji Ganesan
B. S. Saroja
T. D. Kuchalakumari
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography M. A. Rehman
Edited by M. S. Mani
RR Pictures
Distributed by RR Pictures
Release dates
26 August 1954
Country India
Language Tamil

Koondukkili (Tamil: கூண்டுக்கிளி; English: The Caged Parrot), also spelled as Goondukili,[1] is a 1954 Tamil language film starring M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan and B. S. Saroja in the lead roles.


In the Tamil Country of the 50s...

Thangaraj (MGR) and Jeeva (Sivaji Ganesan) are friends.

Thangaraj (MGR) is married to Mangala (B. S. Saroja) and they have a son.

Thangaraj goes to jail for a mistake committed by Jeeva.

Mangala is left with no money or house to live.

Jeeva tries to help her but he has his sinister motive, to have a relationship with Mangala.

After she repeatedly refuses his attempts to help her, Jeeva starts to sadisticially taunt her.

Meanwhile, Sokki (T. D. Kuchalakumari) is in love with Jeeva.

Thangaraj gets released and saves Mangala from Jeeva.

KOONDUKKILI deals with the issues of poverty, greed, abuse of women and the poor.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Thangaraj
Sivaji Ganesan as Jeeva
B. S. Saroja as Mangala
T. D. Kuchalakumari as Sokki
K. Sarangkapani as
Friend Ramasamy as
V. M. Ezhumalai as
E. R. Sahadevan as
K. Balaji as
T. P. Muthulakshmi as
G. Sakunthala as
K. S. Angamuthu as



This is the unique film where the Tamil megastars, "Puratchi Thalaivar" "Makkal Thilagam" MGR and "Nadigar Thilagam" Sivaji, had acted together.

The story, the screenplay and the dialogues were by Vindhan, a popular social activist and reformist writer who in the path of the activist and reformist who had existed in literary and political world in Tamil Nadu for many decades prior. He is one of them who entered the film industry starting the late 1940s where they found voice for their ideas and a means to communicate to the masses easily.


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

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aanandhamaai Vaazha Vendume on YouTube T. V. Rathinam A. Maruthakasi 03:06
2 Yaar Vanthennai Edhirtthaalum P. A. Periyanayagi 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. Rathinam Mahakavi Bharathiyar 05:32
6 Vaanga Ellorume Ondraagave on YouTube T. M. Soundararajan, V. N. Sundharam,
Radha Jayalakshmi & K. Rani
Ka. Mu. Shariff 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. Periyanayagi Vindhan 02:25


In its original release, this movie was a financial flop.

But as it became the only movie in which the two leading stars (MGR and Sivaji Ganesan) were featured simultaneously, with time, it gained historical reputation and is now considered a 'one of its kind' Tamil movie for the pairing of these stars in early 1950s.[2]


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