Kudiyirundha Koyil (English: The Sacred Dwelling), is a 1968 Indian Tamil film directed by K. Shankar, starring M. G. Ramachandran, J. Jayalalitha, Rajasree, M. N. Nambiar, Nagesh & L. Vijayalakshmi. Box office hit of the year 1968 and crossed more than 100 days in Chennai and other major cities.
Twins Sekhar and Anand (Master Sekhar) along with Mangalam (Pandari Bai), their mother witness their father (S. V. Ramadoss) being killed by escaped prisoner Nagappan (M. N. Nambiar), and are grief-stricken. This prompts the family to leave to Chennai in order to pursue a new life. But when Sekhar gets down from the train to fetch some water, it leaves without him. Nagappan arrives and kidnaps Sekhar, who is raised as a criminal, unaware that the same man killed his father.
Years later, the now-grown up Sekhar (M. G. Ramachandran) who calls himself “Babu”, is an established criminal and is the most wanted man in the city. Meanwhile, Anand is a club-dancer and neither are aware of each other’s existence. During a police encounter, Babu is greviously wounded and seeks shelter in Mangalam ‘s house, although he does not recognise her as his mother. He develops a soft corner for her, but when Nagappan (now known as Boobadhi, the owner of a cabaret and employer of Babu) learns about this, he tries to eradicate the kind-self out of Babu.
During another police encounter, Babu is again wounded but becomes insane this time, also becoming amnesiac. D.I.G. Mogan (Major Sundarrajan), the local inspector then comes across Anand, and after seeing the striking resemblance between him and Babu, advices him to act as Babu in order to get all the secrets of the gang and have them arrested. Anand agrees, but later realises Babu is his brother. Anand’s girlfriend Jaya (Jayalalithaa) sees him having lot of money in a brief-case, and the police chase him. Unaware of the truth, she thinks he has turned into a criminal, and refuses to speak to him. Anand’s mother also comes to know of this, and becomes heartbroken. However, Mangalam and Jaya soon reconcile with Anand after learning of the truth, and they both also learn that Babu is his brother.
Babu’s girlfriend Asha (Rajashree) later discovers that Anand is impersonating Babu, but he surrenders to her and explains about Babu’s medical condition, subsequently revealing himself as Babu’s brother. Asha forgives him and the duo subsequently team up to defeat Nagappan and his men. Babu later escapes from the prison to kill Anand when learning about him, but is cornered by Jaya who tells him that Anand is his brother. Babu refuses to believe this, and kidnaps Jaya. He is later stopped by Mangalam, who makes him realise that he is her son and Anand is his brother, Babu finally realises it. Remembering that Nagappan killed his father, he teams up with Anand to defeat Nagappan, who is later arrested. Subsequently, Babu returns to being “Sekhar”, and reunites with his family.
Directed by K. Shankar
Produced by T. S. Raja Sunderasan
Written by Swornam
Starring M. G. Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa, Rajashree, Pandari Bai, M. N. Nambiar, Nagesh, V. K. Ramasamy
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography V. Ramamoorthy
Edited by K. Shankar & K. Narayanan
Production Saravana Screens
Distributed by Saravana Screens
Release dates 5 March 1968
Running time 166 mins