Nadu Iravil

Nadu Iravil
Directed by Sundaram Balachandar
Produced by Sundaram Balachandar
Written by Ve. Laxmanan
Based on And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
Starring Sundaram Balachandar
Major Sundararajan
Pandari Bai
Sowcar Janaki
Music by Sundaram Balachandar
Cinematography K. V. S. Reddy
Edited by K. Govindasamy
Vahini Studios
Distributed by S. B. Creations
Release dates
Running time
148 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Nadu Iravil (English: In the middle of the night) is a 1970 Indian Tamil-language crime thriller film directed and produced by Sundaram Balachander. The film story was written by Ve. Laxmanan and dialogue written by Balachander, who also composed the music.[1] It is based on Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None.[2][3][4]


Dhayanandam is a rich man who takes care of his wife Ponni, they have no children. Dr.Saravanan was the close friend of Dhayanandam and tells about his blood cancer and he died in 20 days. Dhayanandam's all assets are going in vein. Dr.Saravanan give an idea, to call all his relations and they have come. Unfortunately, they are murdered one by one in the midnight. All are terrified. Who was the murderer is the remaining story?


Production and release

After the success of Bommai (1964), Sundaram Balachander made Nadu Iravil the same year. It was based on the 1939 novel And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little Niggers) by the British writer Agatha Christie. Though he completed the film in 1964-1965, no distributor was willing to buy it, forcing Balachander to finance and distribute the film himself; Nadu Iravil was eventually released in 1970 and became a major success, prompting several distributors who earlier rejected the film, to return and beg Balachander for distributing it.[5]


Nadu Iravil
Soundtrack album by Sundaram Balachandar
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Sareegama
Length 21:01
Language Tamil
Producer Sundaram Balachandar

Music composed by Sundaram Balachander and lyrics written by Ve. Laxmanan.

No Song Singer Lyrics Length(m:ss)
1 Kann Kattum Jadaiyile P. Suseela Ve. Laxmanan 06:11
2 Kann Kattum Jadiyile (pathos) 07:00
3 Naalu Pakkam Yeri L. R. Eswari 04:27
4 Naalu Pakkam Yeri-2 03:23


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  4. "Nadu Iravil". spicyonion. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. Sampath, Vikram (2012). Voice of the Veena, S. Balachander: A Biography. Rupa & Co. ISBN 978-81-291-1936-0.
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