Mappillai (1952 film)

This article is about the 1952 film. For other uses, see Mappillai.

Theatrical poster
Directed by T. R. Raghunath
Produced by National Productions
Screenplay by V. N. Sambandam
Starring T. R. Ramachandran
P. K. Saraswathi
T. K. Ramachandran
P. V. Narasimha Bharathi
P. S. Veerappa
M. N. Rajam
Music by T. R. Papa
N. S. Balakrishnan
Release dates
Language Tamil

Maappillai (Tamil: மாப்பிள்ளை) (Son in Law) is a 1952 Indian Tamil film directed by T. R. Raghunath under the banner of National Productions. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of T. R. Ramachandran, P. K. Saraswathi, T. K. Ramachandran, P. V. Narasimha Bharathi, P. S. Veerappa, M. N. Rajam, M. Lakshmiprabha, V. K. Ramasamy, K. A. Thangavelu, M. Saroja, M. S. S. Bhagyam, K. Lakshmikantham, Ragini, Kaka Radhakrishnan, C. S. Pandian, R. Balasubramaniam and T. K. Pushpavalli.


The film narrates the tale of a Madras city-based businessman (R. Balasubramaniam) in whose printing press T. R. Ramachandran works as an office boy. Fortune favours him, and he becomes a rich man and is hated by the son of the printing press, the villain (T.K. Ramachandran) who vows to destroy the new rich man and take away his wealth. Kumar (Narasimha Bharathi) is a popular medical practitioner of the city and a do-gooder. The villain’s sister Nalini (P.K. Saraswathi) is attracted to the doctor, but the villain gets her married to the hero. The villain plans to kill the hero and shift the blame to the doctor. What happens to his evil designs and how justice triumphs form the rest of the story.



Film historian Randor Guy praised the film for "the performances of T.R. Ramachandran, Narasimha Bharathi and P.K. Saraswathi, and the satirical duet."[1]


  1. Randor Guy (4 May 2013). "BLAST FROM THE PAST — Maappillai (1952)". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 September 2013.

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