Kasethan Kadavulada

For the 2011 film, see Kasethan Kadavulada (2011 film).
Kasethan Kadavulada
Directed by Chitralaya Gopu
Produced by
Written by Chitralaya Gopu
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography K. S. Bhaskar
Edited by R. G. Gopu
Distributed by AVM Productions
Release dates
Running time
120 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Kasethan Kadavulada (English: Money is God) is a 1972 Tamil language comedy film directed by Chitralaya Gopu who made his directorial debut. The film stars Muthuraman, Thengai Srinivasan, Srikanth and Lakshmi in the lead roles and Manorama and Venniradai Moorthy in supporting roles. The film was a low-budgeted film of the time and is perhaps best known for Thengai Srinivasan dressing up as a fake saint, making a lot of situational comedies along with it.


Lakshmi (Manorama) is an extremely domineering second wife to Sivaswamy (Vennira Aadai Moorthy) and controls all his money treating him with scorn and disdain. When Sivaswamy's son Ramu (Muthuraman), son of his first wife, requires a sum of Rs. 3000 for his sister's husband, she refuses instantly. Ramu and his cousin Mali hatch a plot with Appaswamy (Thengai Sreenivasan) who pretends to be a fake swamiji in order to get to her money safe and steal a sum of Rs. 50,000.

Meanwhile, Rama (Lakshmi) is an orphan whose only friend is the doctor of a mental institution. When Rama wants a conduct certificate, the doctor bungles and hands over the certificate of a mad girl. Rama arrives at Parvathi's house to work as a secretary and Parvathi sees the certificate and decides to keep Rama at her house to humour her fearing her insanity. The film leads to plenty of humorous situations.



Kasethan Kadavulada was based on the stage play of same name. AV Meiyappan who saw the play decided to adapt it into a feature film and insisted Gopu to direct the film thus made his directorial debut.[1] Thengai Srinivasan was selected to appear in the character of Madras Tamil speaking tea seller masquerading as a saint.[2] Gopu recalled that producers put up a huge cut-out for Srinivasan in the saint get-up. Srinivasan who was pleased did not want the lead actor Muthuraman to misunderstand so he and Gopu went to Muthuraman and explained that it was the role that became popular and even apologised to Muthuraman who smiled it away.[3]


The music composed by M. S. Viswanathan.[4] Elements of the song "Jambulingame" was borrowed by S. Thaman in the song "Pudhu Punal" from the film Mouna Guru (2011).[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Andavan Thodangi M. S. Viswanathan, A. L. Raghavan, K. Veeramani Vaali 03:29
2 Aval Enna Ninaithal P. Susheela 03:24
3 Indru Vantha Intha Mayakkam P. Susheela 03:35
4 Jambulingame Jadaadaraa K. Veeramani, 'Kovai' S. Rajan, 'Dharapuram' Sundarrajan 03:33
5 Mella Pesungal 'Kovai' S. Rajan, L. R. Eswari 04:18


Randor Guy of The Hindu stated that the film was remembered for "the excellent comedy sequences, humorous dialogue, fine direction of Chitralaya Gopu and excellent performances".[6] Behindwoods included the film in their list "Top Ten comedy movies" and noted that the film "employs almost all known staples of comedy movies and throws them together to generate a hilarious film".[7] Thirumalai titled his 2011 comedy film as Kasethan Kadavulada which had no similarity with this film.[8]


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