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Directed by P. Neelakantan
Produced by V. Arunachalam
Written by Kannadasan
Ma. Lakshmanan
Screenplay by Kannadasan
Story by Kannadasan
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
K. A. Thangavelu
M. N. Rajam
Music by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Cinematography V. Ramamoorthy
Edited by R. Devarajan
A. L. S. Productions
Distributed by A. L. S. Productions
Release dates
  • 23 March 1961 (1961-03-23)[1]
Running time
173 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Thirudadhe is a Tamil language drama film directed by P. Neelakantan. The film features M. G. Ramachandran, B. Saroja Devi and M. N. Nambiar in lead roles. The film, produced by V. Arunachalam, had musical score by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu and was released on 23 March 1961.[2] Thirudathe became top-grossing film of the year and ran more than 150 days in major cities and maximum run was 166 days. [3]The film was remade in Kannada as Manassakshi with Rajkumar.


Balu is a small-time thief once he happens to steal money from Sarojadevi’s brother who is the breadwinner of the family. After his death the family has to be taken care by Balu, his stealing attitude changes when his mother came to know that his son was a thief and sacrifices her life. How the family is saved is the rest of the story.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran Balu
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
K. A. Thangavelu
Chittor V. Nagaiah
M. N. Rajam
M. Saroja
S. Rama Rao
A. Karunanidhi
M. K. Mustafa
G. Sakunthala



The music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu. Lyrics by Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram, Kannadasan, Ku. Sa. Krishnamoorthi, Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, M. K. Athmanathan, Muthukoothan & Ra. Pazhanisami. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, P. B. Sreenivas, S. C. Krishnan, A. L. Raghavan, P. Suseela, Jikki, K. Jamuna Rani & A. G. Rathnamala.

The philosophical song Thirudaathae Paappaa Thirudaathae is the top most in the film, the lyric is by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram depicting about the evil of stealing, look at the last stanza he gives the solution how to eliminate the robbery from the World.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Acha Baguthacha S. C. Krishnan & A. G. Rathnamala 02:10
2 Aasey Machchan.... Azhagaan Chinna Ponnu Seerkazhi Govindarajan & Jikki 02:49
3 Anthisayum Nerathiley A. L. Raghavan & A. G. Rathnamala
4 En Aruge Nee Irundhaal P. B. Sreenivas & P. Suseela 02:55
5 Kannum Kannum Sernthathu P. B. Sreenivas & K. Jamuna Rani 04:01
6 Mama Mama Makku Mama P. Suseela & M. S. Rajeswari 02:24
7 O Mister Baalu Jikki 02:47
8 Thirudaadhe Paapa Thirudaadhe T. M. Soundararajan Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 03:21
9 Anbale Seerkazhi Govindarajan


MGR first successful Social movie in which MGR used modern dress in Thirudathe.

After the stupendous success of Nadodi Mannan and his stage accident in Sirghazli 0n 16.6.1959 MGR movie releases subsequently were not equivalent to the collection did by Nadodi Mannan this kind of drawback gave an impression that MGR’s career is centered on historical or period films and he cannot fare in Social oriented movies.

The myth finally vanished with the release of Thirudathe on 23 March 1961. The movie become the highest grosser of the year and ran more than 150 days in major cities and maximum run was up to 168 days. This movie gave MGR the needed uplift to another stage in his golden career and social movie become the center stage and historical or period movie in back seat.[5]

In action scenes MGR is always the best, fight inside the house of M.N.Rajam using the household materials for defense this natural fight is still used in Jackie Chan movies. The climax fight is worth mentioning the fight takes place in the light of rolling table lamp we will be in our edge of the seat before the fight finishes.[6]


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