Periya Idathu Penn

Periya Idathu Penn
பெரிய இடத்துப் பெண்

Theatrical film poster
Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Produced by T. R. Ramanna
Written by Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy
Screenplay by Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy
Story by Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
M. R. Radha
T. R. Rajakumari
S. A. Ashokan
Music by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Cinematography M. A. Rehman
Edited by M. S. Mani
Distributed by R. R. Pictures
Release dates
  • 10 May 1963 (1963-05-10)[1]
Running time
156 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Periya Idathu Penn (Tamil: பெரிய இடத்துப் பெண்) is a 1963 Tamil language drama film directed by T. R. Ramanna. The film features M. G. Ramachandran, B. Saroja Devi, M. R. Radha and T. R. Rajakumari in lead roles. The film, produced by, had musical score by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy and was released on 10 May 1963.[2] The film was blockbuster, highest-grossing film of the year and ran more than 100 days.[3] This movie was remade in Telugu as Sabhash Suri starring NTR and then in Hindi as Jawab starring Jeetendra.


Murugappan (MGR) is a small-time farm labourer who lives with his widowed elder sister Gangamma (T. R. Rajakumari) in a village.

Kaïlasam Pillaival (M. R. Radha) is the zamindar of the village, Sabapathy (S. A. Asokan) and Punitha (Saroja Devi) are his children.

Punitha is studying in college in a nearby town, while Sabapathy is not educated. Like the father, the children are both arrogant about their wealth and try to rule the villagers.

Murugappa tries to question their authority and this leads to frequent clashes with the zamindar's family.

Pitamdhi (Nagesh) is a wealthy college mate of Punitha who is crazy about her.

Sabapathy falls in love with Thillaiammal (Manimala) who has been informally enagaged to Murugappa for a long time.

Both Pillaival and Gangamma propose for her on the same day.

To avoid a direct clash with the zamindar, her father says that he took a vow that his daughter would marry the winner of a silambam competition.

Punitha promises to marry Pitamdhi if he dopes a drink which Murugappa drinks during the fight. Sabapathy wins the fight and marries Thillaiammal.

Punitha goes back on her word and an angry Pitamdhi confesses his duplicity to Murugappa, who confronts Punitha, the two get into an argument during which Murugappa wows to mary Punitha.

The two families get into another clash regarding the villager s' right to worship at the temple at the same time as Pillaival. In retaliation he sends his henchmen to beat up Murugappa and burn down their house.

When Gangamma confronts him, he rapes her and she disappears after writing a suicide note to her brother urging him to leave the village and make a life elsewhere.

Pillaival is haunted by the fear that Gangamma would return from the grave to take revenge.

Murugappan goes to the city where he meets Pitamdhi again.

Pitamdhi does a Pygmalion on him and Murugappa emerges from the tutelage as Azhagappa competent in English, and even knows to play the piano. He meets Punitha at a club and the two begin dating. She fails to connect the suave Azhagappa with the village bumpkin Murugappa and falls for him.

Pillaival gets an anonymous letter informing him that his daughter is in love with someone in the city and he sends for her immediately and confronts her. She admits to being in love with Azgagappa and her family decides to get them married. Azhagappa and Pitamdhi as Arulappan, his secretary meet Pillaival and the marriage takes place.

He meets Thillaiammal's father (Sethupadhi) and reveals his identity to him.

He discovers that Pillaival is in responsible for his sister's death and the whole family comes to know. Sabapathy tries to support his father and Punitha opposes him.

Azhagappa reveals his real identity, Murugappa and walks out of the marriage. He finds it impossible to live with Punitha after knowing what her father did to his sister.

Punitha discovers that she is pregnant and with the help of her sister-in-law Thillaiammal, meets Murugappan and tells him the truth. Murugappan is caught between his desires to live with his wife and avenge his sister's death. Sabapathy discovers her there and gets into a fight with Murugappan.

Confronted by a deadlock situation, Punitha initially contemplates suicide but decides to live and have the baby.

Pitamdhi meanwhile falls in love with Thillaiammal's young sister Valli (Jothilakshmi) and learns silambam from their father in order to wed her.

Murugappan and Punitha have a baby boy and are still unable to be together.

Murugappan longs to see his baby and goes to her house secretly in the nights.

He finds that Pillai val has been stabbed.

Punitha and Sabapathy think that their father was killed by Murugappan, who tries to follow the killer and finds out that it is his sister. She says that she was in hiding waiting for a chance to avenge herself and advices him to return to his wife and son.

Meanwhile, he is confronted by Sabapathy and the police pursue Gangamma who jumps off a bridge and kills herself.

All they find is a note from her confessing to Pillaival's murder and urging Murugappan to return to his wife, Punitha. Pitamdhi marries Valli and the family unites.



Around the film

Panju Arunachalam was inspired by Periya Idathu Penn 's story written by Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy to draft his for Sakalakala Vallavan with Kamal Hassan in the title role, in 1982.


Periya Idathu Penn
Soundtrack album by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Released 1963
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Westrex
Producer Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy

The music composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy.[7]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 Andru Vandhadhum (Happy) T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela Kannadasan 03:09
2 Andru Vandhadhum (Pathos) T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 03:00
3 Avanukkena Thoongi T. M. Soundararajan 02:43
4 Kannenna Kannenna T. M. Soundararajan 03:14
5 Kattodu Kuzhalaada P. Susheela, T. M. Soundararajan , L. R. Eswari 04:58
6 Paarappa Pazhaniappa T. M. Soundararajan 03:01
7 Thulli Odum Kaalgal T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 03:29


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