Petralthan Pillaiya

Petralthan Pillaiya
Directed by Krishnan-Panju
Produced by Vasu
Written by Arour Dass
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
Sowkar Janaki
M. R. Radha
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography P. N. Sundaram
Edited by S. Panjabi
Sri Muthukumaran Pictures
Distributed by Sri Muthukumaran Pictures
Release dates
  • 9 December 1966 (1966-12-09)
Running time
168 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Petralthan Pillaiya is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Krishnan-Panju. The film features M. G. Ramachandran and B. Saroja Devi in lead roles. It is a remake of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 American comedy-drama film, The Kid. It was produced by Vasu, under Sri Muthukumaran Pictures. The film was the last time that T. S. Balaiah and M. R. Radha played beside Ramachandran. This is the 25th and final collaboration between Ramachandran and M. R. Radha, as a few days after the film was completed, Radha shot Ramachandran, wounding him.[1]


Jeeva (Sowkar Janaki) is a mother unable to afford the cost of raising a young boy. She abandons him in a temple where a tramp, Anandhan (M. G. Ramachandran), discovers him. Anandhan tries to get rid of the boy, but he eventually becomes attached to him. Anandhan names the boy Kannan (Baby Shaguila) and educates him, despite his poor financial condition. After five years, Kannan's biological mother, Jeeva, her husband Sekhar (S. A. Ashokan) and social services try to find her son.



The film ran in theaters for 100 days.[2]


M. S. Viswanathan wrote the film's musical score.[3][4]

The key song in the movie, "Nalla Nalla Pillaigalai...", had to be modified for political reasons. In the first version, the text of the poet Vaalee contained the words "Arignar Annappol" (English: Anna, the scholar), a reference to Indian politician C. N. Annadurai. The lyrics were changed after filming to "Thiru Vi Kappol", a reference to Indian scholar and activist Thiru. V. Kalyanasundaram.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Chakkara Katti T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela Vaali 03:27
2 Chellakkiliye (Men) T. M. Soundararajan 03:16
3 Chellakkiliye (Pathos) P. Susheela 02:37
4 Kannan Piranthaan T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 03:18
5 Nalla Nalla Pillaigali T. M. Soundararajan 03:28


Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote "The melodious music of M.S. Viswanathan, fine acting of MGR, Sowcar Janaki and Baby Shakila; good camerawork by P.N. Sundaram and deft direction by Krishnan-Panju."[5]


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