|Directed by||P. Neelakantan|
|Screenplay by|| Kannadasan |
|Story by||Chinna Annamalai|
|Produced by||V. Arunachalam|
|Starring|| M. G. Ramachandran |
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
|Edited by||R. Devarajan|
|Music by||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
A. L. S. Productions
Thirudathe (transl. Do not steal) is a 1961 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by P. Neelakantan. A remake of the Hindi film Pocket Maar (1956), it stars M. G. Ramachandran, B. Saroja Devi and M. N. Nambiar. The film was released on 23 March 1961, and ran for 100 days in theatres. It was remade in Kannada as Manassakshi (1968).
This article needs an improved plot summary.(May 2021)
Balu is a small-time thief. Once he happens to steal money from a woman. After his death the family becomes Balu's responsibility, and his attitude toward stealing changes when his mother discovers her son was a thief and sacrifices her life. How the family is saved forms the rest of the story.
The film, a remake of the Hindi film Pocket Maar (1956), was directed by P. Neelakandan and V. Arunachalam under A. L. S. Productions, with story written by Chinna Annamalai and dialogues written by Kannadasan and Ma. Lakshmanan.   Lakshmanan came up with two titles for the film: Thirudathe (transl. Do not steal) and Nalladhukku Kaalamillai (transl. Goodness stands no chance), recommending the latter. M. G. Ramachandran objected, believing that audiences would think the title would represent his own opinion, and that the film actually exhorts people not to do wrong. Hence, the former title was finalised.  B. Saroja Devi was cast as the lead actress at Ramachandran's insistence. 
The music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu. Lyrics by Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram, Kannadasan, Ku. Sa. Krishnamurthy, Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, M. K. Athmanathan, Muthukoothan and Ra. Pazhanisami.  The song "Ennaruge Nee Irundhal" was composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy. It was recorded for an earlier film produced by A. L. S. Productions, but was not used due to that film's length. With the permission of S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, producer A. L. Srinivasan used that song in this film. However, credit was not given to Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy in the title. 
|"Acha Baguthacha"||S. C. Krishnan & A. G. Rathnamala||Ra. Pazhanisami||02:10|
|"Aasey Machchan.... Azhagaan Chinna Ponnu"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan & Jikki||Ku. Sa. Krishnamurthy||02:49|
|"Anthisayum Nerathiley"||A. L. Raghavan & A. G. Rathnamala|
|"En Aruge Nee Irundhaal"|
|P. B. Sreenivas & P. Susheela||Kannadasan||02:55|
|"Kannum Kannum Sernthathu"||P. B. Sreenivas & K. Jamuna Rani||04:01|
|"Mama Mama Makku Mama"||P. Susheela &||Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam||02:24|
|"O Mister Baalu"||Jikki||02:47|
|"Thirudaadhe Paapa Thirudaadhe"||T. M. Soundararajan||Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram||03:21|
|"Anbale Thannuyirai"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan||M. K. Athmanathan||01:11|
Thirudathe was released on 23 March 1961.  The film was a commercial success, running for 100 days in theatre.  According to Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen in the book Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, for Ramachandran this marked a beginning of transition to roles that had "a contemporary setting", as opposed to period settings.  Historian M. S. S. Pandian considers the film "inaugurated the MGR persona of a subaltern in the service of society", a trend that continued through the 1970s. 
In Andha 7 Naatkal (1981), Gopi (Master Haja Sheriff) sells stolen goods on the street; when police seize the goods, the poster on which the items were kept is revealed to be that of Thirudathe. 
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