Naanum Oru Thozhilali

Naanum Oru Thozhilali
Directed by C. V. Sridhar
Produced by C. V. Sridhar
Written by C. V. Sridhar
Starring Kamal Haasan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. Bhaskar Rao
Edited by M. Umanath
Chitralaya Films
Distributed by Chitralaya Films
Release dates
1 May 1986
Country India
Language Tamil

Naanum Oru Thozhilali (English: I am also a Worker) is a 1986 Tamil-language drama film directed and produced by C. V. Sridhar. The film features Kamal Haasan and Ambika in the lead roles while Jaishankar, V. S. Raghavan and Devika play supporting roles. The film was released in May 1986.



The film was launched by C. V. Sridhar in 1980 as a Cinemascope venture and was then titled as Sakthi. Sridhar collaborated with Kamal Haasan after the success of the 1978 film Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu, which had also featured Rajinikanth. The film was meant to be the first film which featured Kamal Haasan and Ambika as a lead pair and stills were released featuring Ambika in a swimsuit. The film got delayed and was put on the back burner, before it re-emerged in 1986 under the title of Meendum Suryodayam and shooting progressed. It was planned for an April 1986 release, which got postponed to 1 May 1986.[1] There was a local authority election in March 1986 and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won seats. Sridhar felt that if the film released with the title Meendum Suryodayam (Rising Sun), it would be seen as if they are welcoming the DMK's re-emergence, whose symbol was that of a rising sun. Hence the title was changed to Naanum Oru Thozhilali. Sridhar had previously started a film with the same title in the mid-1970s, with M. G. Ramachandran in the lead; that film was shelved.[1][2]

Actress Deepa and Rajiv make special appearances in a Qawali song in the film.[3]


Naanum Oru Thozhilali released on 1 May 1986 alongside Sridhar's other film Yaro Ezhuthia Kavithai and it became a rare incident when two films of the same director were released simultaneously. But only this film emerged successful at the box office.[1] However, critics point out that the difference of quality between the Cinemascope footage shot in 1981 and 1:1.33 footage shot in 1986 were visible throughout the film including the color quality and the appearance of the lead actors.


Naanum Oru Thozhilali
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1986
Genre Feature film soundtrack

The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aayirathil Nee Oruthan S. Janaki Vaali 04:14
2 Angel Aadum Angel P.Suseela 04:29
3 Mandaveli S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 03:15
4 Naan Pooveduthu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 04:37
5 Oru Nilavum Malarum S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 04:32
6 Pattu Poove S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:30
7 Sembaruthi Poove S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 04:41


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