Irumbu Thirai

For the 2017 film, see Irumbu Thirai (2017 film).
Irumbu Thirai
Directed by S. S. Vasan
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Written by Story: Gemini Story Department
Dialogue: Kothamangalam Subbu
Starring Vyjayanthimala
Saroja Devi
Sivaji Ganesan
K. A. Thangavelu
Music by S. V. Venkatraman
Cinematography P. Elappa
N. C. Bala Krishna
Edited by M. Umanath
Distributed by Gemini Studios
Release dates
14 January 1960
Running time
18396 feet
Country India
Language Tamil

Irumbu Thirai (English: Iron Curtain) is a 1960 Indian Tamil-language mondo film produced and directed by S. S. Vasan. The film stars Vyjayanthimala, B. Saroja Devi[1] and Sivaji Ganesan in the lead with K. A. Thangavelu, S. V. Ranga Rao, Pandari Bai and Vasundhara Devi as the ensemble cast of the film. This film is a remake of Hindi film Paigham released a year earlier. The film's soundtrack was composed by S. V. Venkatraman and the lyrics were penned by Kothamangalam Subbu, Papanasam Sivan and Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram. The editing was done by M. Umanath while the camera was handled by P. Elappa and N. C. Bala Krishna. The story revolves around the two brothers Manikam and Kondamuthu and their mill owner.


The story revolves around the two brothers Manikam and Kondamuthu and their mill owner.


Actor Role
Vyjayanthimala Manju
Saroja Devi Malathi
Sivaji Ganesan Manikam
K. A. Thangavelu Kondamuthu
S. V. Ranga Rao Mill Owner
Pandari Bai Manikam and Kondamuthu's mother
Vasundhara Devi Manju's mother



In 1959, S. S. Vasan was making a Tamil film which would be a bilingual to Hindi film Paigham starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala with theme built around capital-labour relations.[2][3] The untitled film was referred as "Gemini Production .. ..", after some unsuccessful over the suggestion of the title, Vasan invited his employees to suggest a title for the under-production film where almost 2, 500 entries was submitted to him.[2] After examining one by one, he finally satisfied with the title Irumbu Thirai, which means Iron Curtain, which symbolised the ideology of Marxist film theory.[2] He also hosted a reception to honour the boy who suggested the title and rewarded him with some price money.[2] For the mother of the lead actress, Vasundhara Devi the real-life mother of Vyjayanthimala was fixed where she also reprises her role in the Hindi version of the film,[4] along with her all the female cast including Vyjayanthimala, B. Saroja Devi, Pandari Bai also reprises their roles as well.[5][6]


The soundtrack was composed by S. V. Venkatraman who earlier had many hit number through Bhookailas, Meera, Valmiki and Panakkaari.[3] The hit album had Kothamangalam Subbu, Papanasam Sivan and Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram as the lyricists.[7] The singers consist of T. M. Soundararajan, Tiruchi Loganathan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, P. Leela, Jikki, Radha Jayalakshmi & L. R. Eswari.[8]

The song Nenjil Kudiyirukkum was well received by the audience especially the line "nilamai ennavendru theriyuma," which was made in Shanmukhapriya raga was also appreciated by critics alike.[9]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Nenjil Kudiyirukkum T. M. Soundararajan & P. Leela Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 03:57
2 Aasai Konda Nenju Rendu P. Leela 04:27
3 Manidharai Manidhar Sari Nigar Samamaai Seerkazhi Govindarajan 02:40
4 Kaiyile Vaanginen Paiyile Podalai Thiruchi Loganathan 03:00
5 Enna Seidhaalum Radha Jayalakshmi Papanasam Sivan 02:52
6 Dabbaa Dabbaa Dabbaa Seerkazhi Govindarajan Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 03:12
7 Nandri Ketta Manitha
8 Padipirkum Oru Kumbidu P. Leela & Jikki Kothamangalam Subbu 02:47
9 Erai Piditthavanum English Padichavanum Thiruchi Loganathan Kothamangalam Subbu 03:19
10 Nikkatuma

See also


  1. SRA (12 October 2001). "Stamp to honour Sivaji". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Randor Guy (23 May 2003). "With a finger on people's pulse". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  3. 1 2 "Tunesmith of many dimensions". The Hindu. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  4. "Mother's Day Special". 8 May 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  5. Randor Guy (21 February 2003). "Remembering Pandari Bai". The Indian Express. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  6. K. Pradeep (2 November 2011). "Dance and Vyjayantimala". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  7. "Kottamangalam Subbu - Filmography - Lyricist". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  8. "Irumbu Thirai (1960)". Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  9. Charulatha Mani (2 September 2011). "A Raga's Journey - Sacred Shanmukhapriya". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
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