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Directed by K. Shankar
Produced by G. N. Velumani
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
M. N. Nambiar
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography Thambu
Edited by K. Narayanan
Saravana Films
Distributed by Saravana Films
Release dates
27 May 1966
Country India
Language Tamil

Chandhrodhayam (English: Moonrise), is a 1966 Indian Tamil film directed by K. Shankar, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role, with Jayalalitha, M. N. Nambiar, Nagesh enacting supporting roles. The film ran for 90 days.[1]


In the Tamil country of the 60s...

Devi (Jayalalitha), an innocent and beautiful heiress runs away from her home, of the Selvamani Estate, the day before her engagement, thereby creating a scandal within her family, in particular, her father, Zamindar Ponambalam (S. A. Asokan).

Being away, abandoned to herself, Devi is saved at the last minute by a reporter, an idealist, a good humanbeing, Chandran (MGR) who decides to accommodate her at his home (with him) till he is able to find her home.

Chandran is the news reporter for the newspaper named Dinakkavartchi managed by Duriothanan (M. R. Radha), an unscrupulous boss with no regard for genuine news presentation, always having an eye for making sensational news, even if it means concealing of truth.

Chandran very often disagrees with his employer, Duriothanan.

The reporter is helped in his quest by a friend, a photographer of the newspaper, Alwar (Nagesh), (a husband who is often corrected by his wife Ahalya (Manorama).

Chandran wants at all costs to help another young woman wounded cruelly by the life since her birth, Kamala (Bharathi Vishnuvardhan). She previously becomes a victim at the hands of a predator, rich Paranthaman (M. N. Nambiar).

Chandra puts everything in its place by unitng Kamala with Paranthaman and he himself marrying Devi with the blessings of the elders from both the family. Duriyothanan regrets for his misdeeds and asks Chandran to start a new newspaper and name it as he wants. The news paper is named "Chandrodayam" the first issue carrying the Wedding news of Chandran and Devi.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as The reporter R.Chandran
Jayalalitha as Devi
M. R. Radha as Duriothanan, the boss of newspaper Dinakkavartchi
M. N. Nambiar as Paranthaman, the Kallipattu Zamindar
Nagesh as Alwar, Chandran 's friend, a photographer
S. A. Asokan as Ponnambalam, the Selvamaligai Zamindar
Kulai Deivam Rajagopal[2] as Ekambaram, Paranthaman 's assistant
Bharathi Vishnuvardhan as Kamala
Pandari Bai as Lakshimi (Aaya)
Manorama as Ahalya, Alwar's wife
S. N. Lakshmi as Maheshwari, Paranthaman's mother

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned


The film was inspired from the 1934 American film It Happened One Night. The climactic fight sequence between M. N. Nambiar and MGR was shot with the use of only one light source: a rolling, broken small table lamp.[3]


The soundtrack is composed by MS Viswanathan.[4] The songs "Chandrodhayam Oru", "Buddhan Yesu" and "Kasikku Pogum" were well received.[3]

Track list
No. TitleLyricsSinger(s) Length
1. "Pudhiyadhor Ulagam Seivom"  BharathidasanSirkazhi Govindarajan & chorus 3.16
2. "Buddhan Yésu Gandhi"  VaaliT. M. Soundararajan 5.19
3. "Kettimelam Kottura Kalyanam..."  VaaliP. Susheela 4.01
4. "Kaasikku Pogum Sanyasi..."  VaaliT. M. Soundararajan & Sirkazhi Govindarajan 5.23
5. "Engiruntho Aasaikal..."  VaaliT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 3.49
6. "Chandrodayam Oru Pennanatho..."  VaaliT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 5.46
7. "Pudhiyadhor Ulagam Seivom (Reprise)..."  BharathidasanSirkazhi Govindarajan & chorus 0.19


  1. "Chandhradhayam". mgr blog. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  2. "Kuladeivam V.R.Rajagopal". 2 September 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  3. 1 2 Guy, Randor (9 January 2016). "Blast from the past: Chandhrodhayam (1966)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. "Chandrodayam songs". Retrieved 11 March 2012.

External links

Chandhrodhyam at the Internet Movie Database

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