Pudhumai Pithan (1957 film)

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Pudhumai Pithan
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Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Written by M. Karunanidhi
Story byM. Karunanidhi
Produced byK. Muniratnam
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
T. R. Rajakumari
B. S. Saroja
CinematographyG. K. Ramu
Edited byR. Devarajan
Music by G. Ramanathan
Sivakami Pictures
Release date
  • 2 August 1957 (1957-08-02)
Running time
176 minutes

Pudhumai Pithanis a 1957 Indian Tamil-language film directed by T. R. Ramanna and written by M. Karunanidhi, starring M. G. Ramachandran, T. R. Rajakumari and B. S. Saroja. [1] The film was released on 2 August 1957. [2]



A king is imprisoned by his ambitious brother, who creates the impression that the king had died during an animal hunt. The crown prince was on a sea journey and returns to attend the king's fake funeral. During the funeral, the crown prince discovers the truth, via a secret message conveyed to him by the daughter of the palace physician. As expected, she falls in love with the prince. The sibling of king also plots to kill the prince by poisoning him with a drug, concocted by the palace physician. The drug was supposed to make the crown prince mad, who acts like a madman poisoned by the drug to fool everyone. Prince is also helped by a woman drama troupe leader, who also had affection to the crown prince. Eventually, she sacrifices her life, leaving the prince to unite with the daughter of palace physician. The plotting villains were avenged by the prince and his comedian sidekick.


Cast according to the opening credits


The film was directed by Ramanna and it was produced by K. Muniratnam under the banner Sivakami Pictures. The film's script was written by M. Karunanidhi and the cinematography was handled by G. Ramu. [3] According to historian M. L. Narasimham, it was partly inspired by William Shakespeare's Hamlet . [4]


The music was composed by G. Ramanathan. All lyrics were by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass.. [5]

"Aiyya Yaarukku Venum" A. G. Rathnamala 03:30
"Azhagai Paar" Jikki 03:10
"Manamohanaa" P. Leela 03:36
"Ullam Rendum" C. S. Jayaraman & Jikki03:20
"Maamannar Andha"A. G. Rathnamala01:20
"Kanavaa Ninaivaa"Jikki03:42
"Maaraadha Soozhchi" Seerkazhi Govindarajan 01:54
"Aaraichi Mani...Thillana Pattu Paadi" J. P. Chandrababu & Jikki03:52
"Then Madhuvai Vandinam" P. Suseela 04:11
"Melam Kotti Thaali Katti"C. S. Jayaraman03:47
"Karumbum Erumbum...Maane Un Mel"C. S. Jayaraman01:45
"Pittham Theliya Marundhonrikkudhu"C. S. Jayaraman01:03
"Yaaradi Nee Ingu Vandhaval"C. S. Jayaraman01:36
"Naadhar Mudi Mel Irukkum"M. G. Ramachandran02:22


Historian Randor Guy wrote that the film failed because of the "predictable storyline". [3]

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