Rangoon Radha

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Rangoon Radha
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. Kasilingam
Written by Mu. Karunanidhi
Story by C. N. Annadurai
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
P. Bhanumathi
CinematographyG. Durai
Edited byK. Perumal
Music by T. R. Pappa
Mekala Pictures
Release date
  • 1 November 1956 (1956-11-01)
Running time
129 minutes

Rangoon Radha is a 1956 Indian Tamil-language film directed by A. Kasilingam. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan and P. Bhanumathi. Based on the 1944 American film Gaslight , It is about a man trying to steal his wife's fortune. The film was released on 1 November 1956.



Kottaiyur Dharmalinga Mudaliyar is a cunning man who appears noble to the outside world. Rangam is his virtuous and long-suffering wife. Dharmalinga Mudaliyaar also has an eye on his sister-in-law Thangam. In order to marry Thangam and get control of the abundant wealth of the sisters, Dharamlingam ensures that everyone believes that Rangam is possessed by some evil spirit and is slowly becoming insane.


Support cast


The screenplay of Rangoon Radha was written by M. Karunanidhi from a story by C. N. Annadurai. The main plot was inspired by the 1944 American film Gaslight . [1]


The music was composed by T. R. Pappa. Lyrics were by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Bharathidasan, Udumalai Narayana Kavi, M. Karunanidhi, M. K. Athmanathan, N. S. Krishnan and Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram. [2] [3] Kalyanasundaram was paid 1000 per song. [4]

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Podhu Nalam Endrum Podhu Nalam"C. S. JayaramanM. Karunanithi
2"Thalaivaari Poochoodi Unnai"P. BhanumathiBharathidasan02:52
3"Ayarpaadi Kannaa Nee Aada Vaaraai Ennodu"T. V. RathnamM. Karunanidhi02:46
4"Sankariye Kaaliyammaa Ammaachaamundiye Maari Thaaye"N. S. KrishnanN. S. Krishnan03:48
5"Pennaga Irundha Yennai ...Kaiyil Pirambedutthu"P. BhanumathiM. K. Athmanathan03:49
6"Endrudhaan Thirundhuvadho"C. S. JayaramanUdumalai Narayana Kavi03:36
7"Oli Padaiththa Kanninaai Vaa Vaa Vaa"T. S. BagavathiMahakavi Bharathiyar02:35
8"Thamizhe Thene Kanne Thaalelo"P. BhanumathiM. Karunanidhi03:25
9"Ooradangum Velaiyile Ullam Kavarum Solaiyile"P. SusheelaPattukkottai Kalyanasundaram03:00
10"Vaan Malar Solaiyil.... Kaatril Aadum Mullaikkodiye"P. BhanumathiM. Karunanidhi03:25
11"Naatukkoru Veeran"Seerkazhi Govindarajan & A. G. RathnamalaPattukkottai Kalyanasundaram11:30

Release and reception

Rangoon Radha was released on 1 November 1956. [5] Historian Randor Guy noted, "In spite of the formidable writing credits, excellent cast and outstanding performances, Rangoon Radha did not do well as one had expected. Perhaps the negative role of Sivaji Ganesan had contributed to its not-so-warm welcome". [6] C. N. Annadurai was besotted by the histrionics that Bhanumathi displayed in the film, and conferred upon her the title Nadippukku Ilakkanam (grammar for acting). [7]

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