|Written by||Arour Dass|
M. G. Ramachandran|
B. Saroja Devi
M. R. Radha
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|Cinematography||P. N. Sundaram|
|Edited by||S. Panjabi|
Sri Muthukumaran Pictures
|Distributed by||Sri Muthukumaran Pictures|
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.
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.
- M. G. Ramachandran as Anandhan, the good tramp
- B. Saroja Devi as Mohini, Anandhan's lover and a fortune-teller
- Baby Shaguila as Kannan, Anandhan's child
- Sowkar Janaki as Jeeva
- M. R. Radha as Kabali, a fairground entertainer
- S. A. Ashokan as Sekhar, a rich man
- K. A. Thangavelu as Pandjavarnam, a seller of itinerant toy
- M. N. Nambiar as Mani
- T. S. Balaiah as The old policeman
- Indira Devi
M. S. Viswanathan wrote the film's musical score.
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.
|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|
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