Thedi Vandha Mappillai

Thedi Vandha Mappillai
Directed by B.R.Pandhulu
Produced by B. R. Panthulu
Written by R. K. Shanmugam
Screenplay by Padmini Pictures Story Department
Story by Rajashri
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography A. Shanmugam
Edited by R. Devarajan
Distributed by Padmini Pictures
Release dates
29 August 1970
Running time
151 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Thedi Vandha Mappillai (In English: I Came Looking for the Groom [Bridegroom Looks for the Bride]) is a Tamil spy thriller film directed by B.R.Pandhulu released in 1970.


Madras city in 70s...

Pasupathy (Major Sundarrajan)’s boss (B.R.Pandhulu) is shot by an unknown man, but the blame falls on Pasupathy. The surviving boss sends away his wife Parvati Ammal (M. V. Rajamma) and son Shankar (MGR) in to hiding fearing his family's fate. But before breathing his last, the boss learns the truth and entrusts in Pasupathy the task of finding Parvati and Shankar and hand them their rightful family assets.

Several years later Shankar (MGR) now a grown up youth, learns of the injustice committed to his father (B.R.Pandhulu), and heads out to Chennai in search of his father’s murderer. Shankar meets Pasupathy’s daughter, Uma (Jayalalitha) and falls in love with her, without knowing her background.

Pasupathy finally manages to find Parvati, and soon Suresh (S. A. Ashokan), a notorious smuggler imprisons Shankar, and impersonates him, for his wealth. Parvati is forced to play along, as Suresh threatens to kill Shankar.

The rest of story unveils who won in the end, Shankar or the evil forces.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Shankar, (Music professor Edward, "Thotu Katava...")
S. A. Ashokan as Suresh
Major Sundarrajan as Pasupathy Rabhagavadhor (alias Solaimalai)
Cho Ramaswamy as Karpadhan
Jayalalithaa as Uma Mageshswari
M. V. Rajamma as Parvati Ammal, Shankar 's mother
Jothilakshmi as Djéa (alias Mangai Thirumangai)
Vijayasree as The seducer of the trap ("Sorgathai Theduvom...")
Gandhimadhi as Chélam, Pasupathy 's wife
Kokila (Rajkokila[1]) as Radha, Uma Mageshswari 's friend
Yénethai Kannaiya as The jeweler
Justin[2] as Samoundhi
B.R.Pandhulu (Not mentioned) as Thanigatcham, Shankar 's father (in photo)

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned

Around the movie

Thedi Vandha Mappillai is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man, like the plot of Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

This is the 4th and last collaboration between MGR and B. R. Panthulu (the boss of Padmini Pictures)

B.R.Panthulu gives his face to play the role of MGR's father died.

We see him in his portrait on the award held by MGR in the first song, "Vetri Meethu Vetri Vanthu".

The actress M. V. Rajamma who plays the wife of the character of the father died of MGR, in the movie, was her really in life.


Track list[3]
No. TitleLyricsSinger(s) Length
1. "Vetri Meethu Vetri Vanthu"  VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 3.05
2. "Adatha Ullagal"  KannadasanL. R. Eswari 3.44
3. "Sorgathai Theduvom"  VaaliT. M. Soundararajan 3.56
4. "Idamo Sugamanathu (Naalu Pakkam Suvaru)"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 3.44
5. "Thotu Katava"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan 3.42
6. "Ada Arumugam"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 3.42
7. "Maanikkka Theril Maragatha"  VaaliT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 3.22
Total length:


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