Kanni Thaai (Eng: Virgin Mother) is a Tamil-language road film directed by M. A. Thirumugam, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role. The film was produced by “Sandow” M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar under his Devar Films banner, released on 10 September 1965. The song Kelamma Chinnaponnu Kelu was written by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram before he died and under MGR’s instructions it was used in the movie as it fitted the situation where MGR purposely created the situation.
Kanni Thaai primarily takes place on the Tamil roads of the 60s. In a military camp, captain Saravanan (MGR) promises to his brother-in-arms, captain Moorthy, dying person (seriously wounded following an exchange enlivened against poachers on the Indian border) to take care of his girl Rani (Baby Shakila), an adorable girl, very intelligent, of 6 years.
Once, the knowledge is made between the military officer (MGR) and the girl (Baby Shakila), begins then a big trip through the country, full of pitfalls.
Because of his swiftness, the military officer Saravanan realizes that who his daughter protects is the leader of an evil group. But they do not fall only upon ill-intentioned people, quite the opposite, Saravanan and Rani meet on their way, the beautiful Sarasou (Jayalalitha), a young woman without ties, devoid of any bad feelings, which will spare no effort, such as being mother for Rani and will devote herself as an affectionate partner for Saravanan.
Together, for the girl Râni, they are going to surmount all the numerous obstacles which wait for them on the road…
Directed by M. A. Thirumugam
Produced by “Sandow” M.M.A.Chinnappa Devar
Starring M. G. Ramachandran, K. R. Vijaya, Jayalalitha, M. N. Nambiar, Nagesh, S. A. Ashokan, Manorama
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography N. S. Varma
Edited by M. A. Thirumugam & M. G. Balu Rao
Production Devar Films
Distributed by Devar Films
Release date 10 September 1965
Running time 123 mins