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Mappillai (1952 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed byT. R. Raghunath
Written byV. N. Sambandam
StarringT. R. Ramachandran
P. K. Saraswathi
T. K. Ramachandran
Music byT. R. Pappa
N. S. Balakrishnan
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byS. A. Murugesan
National Productions
Release date
  • 7 November 1952 (1952-11-07)

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) is a 1952 Indian Tamil-language drama film[1] directed by T. R. Raghunath and written by V. N. Sambandam. The film stars T. R. Ramachandran, P. K. Saraswathi and T. K. Ramachandran. It revolves around an office boy who becomes wealthy in a rags to riches manner, and the attempts made by his boss's son to destroy him and usurp his wealth. The film was released on 7 November 1952 and became a success.


There is a Madras-based businessman (R. Balasubramaniam) in whose printing press is an office boy (T. R. Ramachandran). After the office boy becomes wealthy in a rags to riches manner, he becomes hated by his boss's son (T. K. Ramachandran) who pledges to destroy him and usurp his wealth. Kumar (Narasimha Bharathi) is a doctor in the same city. The printing-press head's daughter Nalini (P. K. Saraswathi) is attracted to Kumar, but she ends up marrying the former office boy. The printing-press head's son plans to kill him and frame Kumar. What transpires next forms the crux of the plot.


  • T. R. Ramachandran as the office boy[2]
  • P. K. Saraswathi as Nalini[2]
  • T. K. Ramachandran as the printing-press head's son[2]
  • P. V. Narasimha Bharathi as Kumar[2]
  • Kaka Radhakrishnan as the doctor[2]
  • M. N. Rajam as the nurse[2]
  • R. Balasubramaniam as the printing-press head[2]


Maappillai was directed by T. R. Raghunath, written by V. N. Sambandam and produced by National Pictures. Cinematography was handled by P. S. Selvaraj, and editing by S. A. Murugesan. The film was shot and processed at Newton Studios. Its final length was 17,647 feet (5,379 m).[3]


The soundtrack was composed by T. R. Pappa and N. S. Balakrishnan, while the lyrics were written by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass. The song "Dosu Kodukka Venum", picturised on Radhakrishnan and Rajam, satirises "men, mores and morals", and attained popularity.[2]

No. Song Singer/s Lyrics Duration Music
1 "Kadhalil Vinghanam" A. M. Rajah, P. Leela Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:04 T. R. Pappa
2 "Naanoru Ragasiyam" A. G. Rathnamala
3 "Dosu Kodukka Venum" Thiruchi Loganathan, A. G. Rathnamala N. S. Balakrishnan
4 "Kannum Karutha Kudumbam" P. Leela

Release and reception[edit]

Maappillai was released on 7 November 1952,[3] and became a commercial success.[2]


  1. "MAPPILLAI (1952)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 25 January 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Guy, Randor (4 May 2013). "Maappillai (1952)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 18 January 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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