Bhaaga Pirivinai

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Bhaaga Pirivinai
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by A. Bhimsingh
Screenplay byA. Bhimsingh
Story byM. S. Solaimalai
Produced byG. N. Velumani
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
B. Saroja Devi
CinematographyG. Vittal Rao
Edited byA. Bhimsingh
Music by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Saravana Films
Distributed by Sivaji Productions
Release date
  • 31 October 1959 (1959-10-31)
Running time
155 minutes

Bhaaga Pirivinai (transl.The Partition) is a 1959 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by A. Bhimsingh, starring Sivaji Ganesan, M. R. Radha and B. Saroja Devi. [1] The film was released on 31 October 1959. [2] It was remade in Hindi as Khandan (1965), in Telugu as Kalasi Vunte Kaladu Sukham (1961), in Kannada as Muriyada Mane (1964), and in Malayalam as Nirakudam (1977).



Vaidyalingam and Sundaralingam are brothers devoted to each other and married to Akilandam and Meenakshi respectively. While Vaidyalingam has no children of his own, Sundaralingam has Kannaiyan and Mani. While Kannaiyan had lost the use of his left hand due to an accident turns out to be uneducated; Mani turns out to be healthy, well-educated and almost the surrogate son of Akilandam, who hates the rest of Sundaralingam's family.

Enter Singapore Singaram, Akilandam's brother who is corrupt, cunning, evil, money-minded. He manipulates the situation such that Sundaralingam and Vaidyalingam are forced to partition their property (something considered the ultimate failure of joint families) while Kannaiyan and Mani are forced to separate as Mani is now married to Amudha, Singaram's daughter. Kannaiyan is married to Ponni. Singaram swindles off all the money from Akilandam and gets Mani into trouble in his office by stealing the company money.

In the end, Kannaiyan who comes to city to get treatment, accidentally gets electric shock and gets back the use of his hand, thrashes Singaram and reunites the family.



The film was produced by G. N. Velumani from Gobichettipalayam, who began life as a costume maker before rising to become a top Tamil producer. The film was shot at Neptune Studio (later Sathya Studio) in Adyar. G. Vittal Rao was the man behind the camera and Bhim Singh himself edited the film. Hari Babu and Gajapathi were in charge of make-up, while G. S. Mani, a musicologist, assisted in composing the music. The dances were choreographed by Madhavan, Chinnilal and Sampath. [4]


The music was composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy. [5] Lyrics were by Kannadasan, A. Maruthakasi & Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram. Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy used only three instruments for the song "Thazhayam Poo Mudichi". [6] [7]

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Aanai Mugatthone...Pillaiyaaru Koyilukku" T. M. Soundararajan & P. Leela Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 04:24
2"Aattatthile Palavagai Undu" A. L. Raghavan & K. Jamuna Rani 03:18
3"Otrumaiyaai Vaazhvadhaale Undu Nanmaiye" Seerkazhi Govindarajan & L. R. Eswari A. Maruthakasi 03:35
4"Paalootri Uzhavu...Therodum Indha Seeraana"T. M. Soundararajan & P. Leela Kannadasan 06:52
5"Thangatthile Oru Kurai Irundhaalum"P. Susheela03:31
6"Thalaiyaam Poo Mudichu"T. M. Soundararajan & P. Leela06:00
7"En Piranthaai Magane"T. M. Soundararajan03:24


The Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan appreciated the film stating "Sivaji's acting was fantastic in the role and the film totally fulfilled the expectations of everyone". [8] At the 7th National Film Awards, the film won the President's silver medal for Best Feature Film in Tamil. [9]


The film was remade in Hindi as Khandan (1965), [10] in Telugu as Kalasi Vunte Kaladu Sukham (1961), in Kannada as Muriyada Mane (1964), [11] and in Malayalam as Nirakudam (1977). [12]

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