Vaazhkai Chakkaram
Directed byManivannan
Written byManivannan
Produced byTirupur Mani
Vinu Chakravarthy
CinematographyD. Sankar
Edited byM. N. Raja
Music byShankar–Ganesh
Vivekanda Pictures
Release date
  • 9 February 1990 (1990-02-09)
Running time
130 minutes

Vaazhkai Chakkaram (transl. Wheel of life) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language action drama film directed by Manivannan. The film stars Sathyaraj, Gautami, Goundamani and Vinu Chakravarthy. The film, produced and written by Tirupur Mani, had musical score by Shankar–Ganesh and was released on 9 February 1990.[1]


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Thangavelu is an sub-inspector in his home town which leads to its own set of problems. His father is overly involved in his job. Furthermore, Thangavelu- related to nearly everyone in town — finds it difficult to arrest anyone who breaks the law. His uncle, Saaraya Kadai Kounder, is the village president and deeply involved in many illegal activities including smuggling. Thangavelu arrests his son Periyasamy which fuels a feud between the families. When the local matchmaker shows both Periyasamy and Thangavelu as prospective grooms to Kalyani, she chooses Thangavelu further straining ties between the families. Kalyani and Thangavelu are engaged while Saaraya Kadai Kounder arranges for Periyasamy to marry Thaaiyamma. She's the daughter of the highly respected but completely broke Jamindar Doraisamy. He's aware of Periyasamy's faults but feels he has no other options for his daughter's marriage. Sadasiva Kounder stops Thangavelu and Kalyani's wedding because her father cannot give the dowry he requested. Thangavelu is incensed as he does not condone the dowry system. He convinces his father and as they head to the wedding, the bus crashes. No one is killed but this delays their arrival significantly. Kalyani's father thinks this was a deliberate act by Sadasiva and commits suicide out of humiliation. Thangavelu arrives too late to stop this and Kalyani can't bring herself to forgive Thangavelu despite his explanations. Her family leaves town and she becomes a cop to support her family and lands a position in Thangavelu's station. He's still in love with her while she's still dealing with very conflicting emotions. Thaaiyamma, meanwhile, is suffering in her husband's home. She's abused emotionally and physically by Saaraya Kadai kounder's family. Thangavelu and Kalyani investigate a domestic abuse complaint but Thaaiyamma refuses to co-operate. Her father also refuses to intervene citing the social mores. Thaaiyamma witnesses Saaraya Kadai Kounder murder a maid and is deeply disturbed. Thangavelu arrests him based on other evidence enraging him. Thaaiyamma finds herself in even more danger while Thangavelu and Kalyani must deal with their personal feelings as well as Saaraya Kadai Kounder's wrath.



The soundtrack was composed by Shankar–Ganesh.[2][3]

1."Thookkanam Kuruvi Koodula"KamakodiyanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Ponnusamy04:35
2."Vizhiye Vizhiye Kaditham"PulamaipithanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra05:08
3."Aathankarai Oram"KamakodiyanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra05:11
4."Enakku Nee Unakku Naan"VaaliP. Susheela, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:46
5."Marappan Pondatti"PulamaipithanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:04
6."Gounder Veettu Vayalu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:34
Total length:31:18


P. S. S. of Kalki called the film old food with new decoration.[4]


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  2. ^ "Vazhkaichakaram Tamil LP Vinyl Record by Shankar Ganesh". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 29 September 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Vazhkai Chakkaram". Archived from the original on 29 September 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  4. ^ பி.எஸ்.எஸ். (25 February 1990). "வாழ்கைச் சக்கரம்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 64. Archived from the original on 29 September 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.