Thirumbi Paar

Thirumbi Paar
திரும்பிப் பார்
Directed by T. R. Sundaram
Produced by T. R. Sundaram
Written by M. Karunanidhi (story and dialog)
Music by G. Ramanathan
Distributed by Modern Theatres
Release dates
10 July 1953
Running time
15616 ft
Language Tamil

Thirumbi Paar (Tamil: திரும்பிப் பார்; English: Look Back!) is a 1953 Tamil language film starring Sivaji Ganesan, P. V. Narasimha Bharathi, Pandari Bai, Krishna Kumari and Girija in the lead roles. Produced and directed by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, the film was written by M. Karunanidhi who would later become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Thirumbi Paar was one of the earliest Tamil films whose dialogues were known to be a political satire on the Indian National Congress, the ruling party then. Sivaji Ganesan played a negative role in the film and received wide acclaim.


Inspired from the story of Ahalya, the film had Sivaji Ganesan playing a womaniser. T. P. Muthulakshmi played the role of a "dumb wife" married to a much older husband (K. A. Thangavelu). Sivaji Ganesan seduces her in the absence of her husband and continues this act with other women. Pandari Bai played the role of Sivaji Ganesan's sister.


Actor Role
Sivaji Ganesan Parandhaman
P. V. Narasimha Bharathi Pandian
Pandari Bai Poomalai, Parandhaman's sister
Krishna Kumari Bama, Parandhaman's Ex-lover
Girija Kumudhha, Pandian's Wife/Kumudha's niece
T. S. Durairaj Karudan, Parandhaman Patner
K. A. Thangavelu Punniyakodi, Pandian's father
T. P. Muthulakshmi Radha, She is dumb women and Punniyakodi's second wife
A. Karunanidhi Kundumani, Poomalai's house servant
Thirupathisamy Sivasakthi, Usha's father
Dhanalakshmi Doctor Usha
K. K. Soundar Sub - Inspector


Background and theme

Thirumbi Paar was produced and directed by T. R. Sundaram.[1] M. Karunanidhi, the story and dialog writer,[2] was then a prominent member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).[1]

The story of the film was inspired from the story of Ahalya.[1] Music for the film was composed by G. Ramanathan. Karunanidhi's witty dialogues were mainly targeted at Indian National Congress, the ruling party. Ganesan who made his debut through Parasakthi played "anti-hero" roles in most of the films during this period.[3][4] He continued to act in such roles in films such as Rangoon Radha and Andha Naal, both in 1954.[1][4] Thirumbi Paar was one of the earliest films written by M. Karunanidhi who belonged to the DMK. Apparently, the film's dialogues were known to be a political satire on Indian National Congress, the ruling party then.[5]


The film was a moderate success at the box-office.[6] It was lauded mainly for its witty dialogues and political satire. It had a 100-day run in theatres.[3] Sivaji Ganesan's character in—negative role—the film was well received.[1][3] Years later, in an interview he mentioned Thirumbi Paar was one of the best films that he had acted in his career.[1] S. Viswanathan in his Industrial Economist described the film as "one of the powerful movies M Karunanidhi [MK] scripted".[7]


The music was composed by G. Ramanathan. Playback singers are A. M. Rajah, Thiruchi Loganathan, S. C. Krishnan, P. Leela, Jikki, T. S. Bagavathi & Swarnalatha.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aavanna Doonaa Aadu Jikki 02:13
2 Kanniyargal Vellai Manam Pol A. M. Rajah & Swarnalatha
3 Kalappadam Kalappadam S. C. Krishnan 01:28
4 Kaadhalar Vaazhndha Ullaasa Vaazhvil Jikki 02:48
5 Kannaale Panpaadum Thiruchi Loganathan & P. Leela 02:55
6 Nallavaraam Oru Aanodu Pennum T. S. Bagavathi 02:50
7 Kannalla Thoongamma P. Leela 02:57



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