Bale Pandiya (1962 film)

For the 2010 film, see Bale Pandiya (2010 film).
Bale Pandiya

Directed by B. R. Panthulu
Produced by B. R. Panthulu
Written by Ma. Ra.
Screenplay by Dada Mirasi
Story by Ma. Ra.
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
M. R. Radha
K. Balaji
Music by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Cinematography V. Ramamoorthy
Edited by R. Devarajan
Padmini Pictures
Distributed by Padmini Pictures
Release dates
26 May 1962[1]
Running time
156 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Bale Pandiya (Tamil: பலே பாண்டியா) is a 1962 Tamil language comedy film directed by B. R. Panthulu. Starring Sivaji Ganesan, M. R. Radha and Devika in the lead roles, the music was scored by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy. It is the first film to feature Sivaji Ganesan in three distinct roles.[2][3]


Bale Pandiya (Sivaji Ganesan) is a young man who leads a troubled life. He is continuously being chased by Marudhu (also Sivaji Ganesan) - a look-alike of him and Marudhu's boss Kabali (M. R. Radha), who would be given a lot of money if they killed Pandiya. While being chased by them once, he gets into a runaway car being driven by an insane young girl(Vasanthi). The car crashes, but the girl gets cured from her insanity. Her father allows Pandiya, who is homeless, to stay with them. Parallelly, Pandiya falls for Geetha (Devika) and her father Amritha Lingam (also M. R. Radha) accepts the romance. But Marudhu and Kabali's pursuit for Pandiya still continues, and they successfully toss him into the sea. However Pandiya's elder brother Shankar (also Sivaji Ganesan), a scientist finds out about everything and agrees to help. He pretends to be Pandiya after faking his own death and confronts Marudhu and Kabali, making them shocked to see "Pandiya" alive. Just then, the real Pandiya steps in, revealing that two fisherman saved him from drowning and hell breaks loose. The two brothers battle the criminals and in the process, Kabali accidentally shoots Marudhu dead. Saddened by the death of his friend, he commits suicide. So Pandiya and Geetha are re-united.




Shortly before his trip to the United States, Sivaji Ganesan had signed up for Bale Pandiya. He visited the studios on the second day of the month, and left on the twelfth after the film was completed. Ganesan claimed himself to hold the "world record of completing a film in eleven days time." He played three distinct roles, while his co-star M. R. Radha played two roles.[4] The entire film was completed in 15 days, with shooting going on simultaneously at three different places.[5]


Music is composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy, with lyrics by Kannadasan.[6] "Neeye Unaku" is based on the Suddha Dhanyasi raga.[7]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Duration
1 Aadhi Manidhan P. B. Sreenivas, Jamuna Rani Kannadasan 03:56
2 Athi Kai Kai T. M. Soundararajan, P.B. Sreenivas, P. Susheela, Jamuna Rani 05:23
3 Naan Enna Solliviten T. M. Soundararajan 03:58
4 Neeye Unaku Endrum (Mama Maple) T. M. Soundararajan, M. Raju 06:32
5 Vaazha Ninaithaal T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:45
6 Yaarai Enge Vaipadhendru T. M. Soundararajan 03:35


Bale Pandiya was very well received, and was rated a "blockbuster".[8] It was moreover famous for its comedy tracks.[9]


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  4. Sivaji Ganesan (2002). Autobiography of an Actor, p. 132, Sivaji Prabhu Charities Trust, Chennai
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  6. "Balepandiya Songs - Balepandiya Tamil Movie Songs - Tamil Songs Lyrics Trailer Videos, Preview Stills Reviews". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
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