Abalai Anjugam

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Abalai Anjugam
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Directed byR. M. Krishnaswamy
Screenplay byA. L. Narayanan
Based onAbalai Anjugam
by Ki. Ra. Gopalan
Produced byR. M. Krishnaswamy
Starring T. R. Mahalingam
Sowkar Janaki
V. R. Rajagopal
T. A. Madhuram
M. N. Rajam
CinematographyP. Madhusoodhana Rao
Edited byR. M. Venugopal
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Aruna Films
Distributed byParthiban Productions
Release date
  • 31 October 1959 (1959-10-31) [1]
Running time
177 minutes

Abalai Anjugam (transl.Helpless Anjugam) is a 1959 Indian Tamil-language film produced and directed by R. M. Krishnaswamy. The film, based on the short story of the same name by Ki. Ra. Gopalan, stars T. R. Mahalingam and Sowkar Janaki.



Anjugam is a helpless young woman who is pushed into great difficulties including a charge of theft. However, she overcomes them and the story has a happy ending. [2]


Compiled from the review article in The Hindu [2] and from the database of Film News Anandan. [1]


The film is based on the short story of the same name by Ki. Ra. Gopalan. [2]


Music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan while the lyrics were penned by Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Suratha, A. Maruthakasi, Thanjai Marimuthu, A. L. Narayanan, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass and Kannadasan. [3] After poet Suratha wrote the first para (Pallavi) of the song Vennilaa Kudai Pidikka differences cropped up between him and the composer. The poet refused to write the rest of the song even after any amount of coaxing by Udumalai Narayana Kavi who invited Suratha to write the song. Thereafter Udumalai Narayana Kavi wrote the completing lines of the song. However, credit was given to Suratha only in the film. [3]

No.SongSinger/sLyricistDuration (m:ss)
1"Keezhe Bhoomi, Maele Vaanam"S. C. Krishnan, A. L. Raghavan & P. LeelaUdumalai Narayana Kavi
2"Nal Vazhiye Nadandhu"T. R. Mahalingam
3"Pirapokkum Ellaa Uyirkum"
4"Ikkaraikku Akkarai Pachai"Thanjai Marimuthu
5"Thoondil Poattu Izhutha"A. L. Narayanan
6"Pazhikaara Ulagamadaa Idhu"A. Maruthakasi
7"Vennilaa Kudai Pidikka"T. R. Mahalingam & P. SusheelaSuratha & Udumalai Narayana Kavi03:30
8"Daaladikkum Paappaa Jaaliyaaga"P. LeelaThanjai Ramaiah Dass
9"Adichadhu Paar Onnaam Nambar"A. L. Raghavan & A. G. Rathnamala
10"Ilaya Kanniyin Azhagiya"T. R. Mahalingam & S. JanakiKannadasan


Film historian Randor Guy says the film "fared fairly well at the box office". [2]

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