Nalla Theerpu

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Nalla Theerpu
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by T. Prakash Rao
Written by Murasoli Maran
Produced bySundar Lal Nahatha
Starring Gemini Ganesan
Cinematography Kamal Ghosh
Edited byN. M. Shankar
Music by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Sri Productions
Distributed byRajasri Pictures [1]
Release date
  • 9 April 1959 (1959-04-09)
Running time
2 hrs. 50 mins. (15386 ft.)

Nalla Theerpu (transl.Excellent Judgement) is a 1959 Indian Tamil-language legal drama film [2] directed by T. Prakash Rao and written by Murasoli Maran. The film stars Gemini Ganesan and Jamuna. It was released on 9 April 1963, [3] and emerged a success.



A man who works in a bank is imprisoned on a charge of murder that he did not commit. He asks his wife to tell the world her husband is dead and asks her to dress like a widow. He requests her to make their son a lawyer so that he can win the case and get him released. The son turns into an efficient lawyer and wins the case against his father.



The producer Sundar Lal Nahatha came from Vijayawada to Chennai and set up his own film production company. He produced many films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi under different banners. This film is one of them produced under the banner Sri Productions. [4]


Music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, while the lyrics were penned by Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram and Suratha. [5]

"Azhagaana Maaran Yaaradi"P. LeelaKu. Ma. Balasubramaniam03:18
"Vandu Vandhu Paadaamal"Jikki03:41
"Velli Odam Pole"P. Susheela
"Munnariyum Deivamada"T. M. SoundararajanUdumalai Narayana Kavi02:24
"Dheivathaal Aagaadhu Eninum"01:18
"Thaayin Mozhi Vazhiye"01:08
"Adhu Irundhaa Idhu Ille"Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram03:53
"Nithiraiyil Chithira Kanavu"P. SusheelaSuratha03:24

Release and reception

Nalla Theerpu was released on 9 April 1959, [6] delayed from March, [7] and fared well at the box office. [4]

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