Vettaikaaran (1964 film)

For the 2009 film, see Vettaikaaran (2009 film).
Tamil வேட்டைக்காரன்
Directed by M. A. Thirumugam
Produced by Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar
Written by Aarur Dass
Story by Aarur Dass
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
M. R. Radha
M. N. Nambiar
S. A. Ashokan
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography N. S. Varma
Edited by M. A. Thirumugam
M. G. Balu Rao
M. A. Mariappan
Distributed by Devar Films
Release dates
  • 14 January 1964 (1964-01-14)[1]
Running time
157 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Vettaikaaran (English: Hunter) is a 1964 Tamil-language action-drama film directed by M. A. Thirumugam. The film features M. G. Ramachandran and Savitri in lead roles. The film, produced by Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar, had musical score by K. V. Mahadevan and was released on 14 January 1964.[2] The film was a blockuster at the box office and was well received by the people.


M.G.R. is a hunter and gets married to Savithri. Savithiri does not like the life that M.G.R. lives. She pleads him to stop hunting animals however, MGR does not hear to her pleas. Eventually this causes a rift in the family. The rest of the story revolves around the problems that M.G.R. faces as a hunter.




Vettaikaaran was produced by Devar Films. Filming was completed in 2 months time.[3]


Music is composed by K. V. Mahadevan, with lyrics by Kannadasan.[4][5]

No. TitleLyricsSinger(s) Length
1. "Methuva Methuva"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 3.33
2. "Unnai Arinthaal"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan 3.30
3. "Seettu Kattu Raja"  KannadasanL. R. Eswari, A. L. Raghavan 3.11
4. "Manchal Mugame"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela  
5. "En Kannanukkethani"  KannadasanP. Susheela  
6. "Katha Naayagan"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela  
7. "Velli Nila"  KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan  

Release and reception

To promote Vettaikaaran, the Chennai-based Chitra theatre had a jungle set to welcome audiences. After much deliberation, they also managed to get a caged tiger inside the theatre premises.[6] The film ran for 25 weeks in theatres and became a box office success. Film historian Randor Guy praised the "interesting storyline, romantic sequences between M.G.R. and Savithri, and super hit songs."[7]


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  3. "M G R: MGR Devar Combination". Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  4. "Vettaikaaran Songs". raaga. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. "Vettaikkaran (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  6. "DID YOU KNOW?". The Times of India. 22 August 2012. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  7. Guy, Randor (20 February 2016). "Vettaikaaran (1964)". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
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