Thulasi Maadam

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Thulasi Maadam
துளசி மாடம்
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Directed byK. B. Srinivasan
Written byThamizhmaaran
Starring A. V. M. Rajan
Gemini Chandrakantha
V. Gopalakrishnan
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Distributed byM. A. V. Pictures
Release date
Language Tamil

Thulasi Maadam (தமிழ்: துளசி மாடம், English: Thulasi plant or Basil plant) is a 1963 Indian Tamil Romance - Drama film directed by K. B. Srinivasan under the banner M. A. V. Pictures. The film's script was written by Thamizhmaaran. The film features A. V. M. Rajan, Gemini Chandraknatha (played dual role), V. Gopalakrishnan and Sharadha in the lead roles. [1]



Mary and Janaki are two look-alike women but they are not related to each other. Mary (Chandrakantha) is the daughter of a retired collector and Janaki (Chandrakantha, again) is from a middle class family. Mary is affianced to Thomas (V. Gopalakrishnan - Gopi), an army officer while Janaki is married to a company executive (A. V. M. Rajan). Janaki gives birth to a child. Janaki is found to have tuberculosis. So, her mother-in-law (S. N. Lakshmi) separates her from the child. In the meantime, Janaki's mother dies. The mother-in-law's adopted son Peter (Master Gopal) takes pity of the separated Janaki and her child. Accidentally he meets Mary, the look-alike of Janaki. Peter comes out with a clever plan and swaps Mary in place of Janaki. Several complications arise and finally the families are united. [1]


The list is adapted from The Hindu article. [1]


The film was produced by M. A. Venu who earlier produced award winning films like Sampoorna Ramayanam and Mudhalali. Screenplay and dialogues were written by Thamizhmaran. [1]


Music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan while the lyrics were penned by Ka. Mu. Sheriff and Thiruchi Thiyagarajan. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi & S. Janaki. [2]

The song "Aadum Mayile Aattam Engey", sung by T. M. Soundararajan became a super hit. [1]

NoSongSingerLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Aadum MAyile Aattam Enge"T. M. SoundararajanKa. Mu. Sheriff03:52
2"Chithirai Maadha Nilavinile"03:29
3"Ammaadiyo Athaanukku Kovatha Paaru"S. Janaki
4"Kalyaana Saappadu Podum Munne"Thiruchi Thiyagarajan03:37
5"Maiyai Thottu Ezhudhiyavar"S. Janaki & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi03:31


The film did not fare well at the Box - Office. Film historian Randor Guy wrote that the film is remembered for "The interesting storyline, the melodious music and good performances by Rajan, Gopi, Chandrakantha, and Master Gopal." [1]

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