Nalla Thanka

Nalla Thanka
Directed by P. V. Krishna Iyer
Produced by Kunchacko
K. V. Koshy
Written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai
Starring Augustine Joseph
Vaikom Mani
Miss Kumari
Miss Omana
S. P. Pillai
Music by V. Dakshinamoorthy
Cinematography A. Shanmugham
P. K. Madhavan Nair
Edited by S. Williams
K & K Combines
Udaya Studios
Release dates
  • 1950 (1950)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Nalla Thanka is a landmark Malayalam film directed by P. V. Krishna Iyer, and produced by Kunchacko and K. V. Koshy. It was the second film produced at the Udaya Studios, the first being Vellinakshatram (1949). The film marked the debut of several artistes, including actors Augustine Joseph, Vaikom Mani, Miss Kumari, Miss Omana and S. P. Pillai, music director V. Dakshinamoorthy, and cinematographer P. K. Madhavan Nair. It was one of the first commercially successful Malayalam films.

Based on the legend of Nalla Thanka (Nalla Thankal in Tamil), the film had screenplay and dialogues written by Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai. Miss Kumari played the title role, while singer-stage actors Augustine Joseph and Vaikom Mani played the lead male roles.


Nallannan is the King of Madhurapuri. His sister Nalla Thanka is married to Somanathan, the King of neighbouring country Ratnapuri. Alankari, the wicked queen of Madhurapuri becomes envious of the happy married life of Nalla Thanka. Years pass and one day, drought strikes Ratnapuri. Nalla Thanka and her seven children seeks refuge in Nallannan's palace. Nallannan promises all help while Alankari tortures Nalla Thanka. But Nalla Thanka hides the misdeeds of Alankari from her brother as she does not want their family life to be disturbed.

Nalla Thanka is forced to leave her brother's palace. She decides to kill her children and commit suicide. She throws her children one by one into a well. Before killing herself, she prays to Lord Shiva to forgive her for the decision. Shiva descends and saves her life, and brings back all the children. Nallannan comes to know about his wife's misdeeds and he banishes her from the country. Meanwhile, Ratnapuri regains its glory and Nalla Thanka returns to her country to lead a happy life.The film is actually a remake of the Tamil film Nalla Thangal, which was released in 1935.



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