Release date11 August 1967 (1967-08-11) Based onNenje Nee Vaazhga by Pilahari S. Raman
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Aalayam (English: Temple) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by the duo Thirumalai and Mahalingam. It was produced by Sunbeam and the screenplay was written by A. Bhimsingh. The film, based on the play Nenje Nee Vaazhga, stars Major Sundarrajan in lead role with Nagesh, Sreekanth and V. K. Ramasamy playing supporting roles.
The film happens in one day largely in office set up revolves around the theme of human values of honesty and integrity. The soundtrack was composed by T. K. Ramamoorthy. The film's cinematography was handled by Vittalrao while A. Pauldurai Singam handled the editing. The film was released on 11 August 1967. It was critically acclaimed, and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.
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Ramalingam is an honest, principled man, working as a clerk in a company. He values integrity and discipline as the doctrines of daily life. But his honesty is put to test when his son-in-law Raghu comes to him with a big problem. Raghu has misplaced some money in the bank in which he works, and he requests Ramalingam to give him money so that he could make good the loss. Ramalingam expresses his inability to raise such an amount at short notice. At that instant, a businessman approaches Ramalingam with a bribe of Rs. 5000 to get his work done. Ramalingam sends him away in a rage. His daughter Kamala and wife keep pressurizing him to help Raghu. The inner conflicts that torture Ramalingam in that single day and the final decision that he takes form rest of the movie.
Major Sundarrajan as Ramalingam
Nagesh as Simon
V. K. Ramasamy as Paramanandam
P. K. Saraswathi
Sreekanth as Raja [Guest Appearance]
Cho [Guest Appearance]
Aalayam was an adaptation of the stage play Nenje Nee Vaazhga written by S. Raman who wrote under the pseudonym Pilahari. Major Sundarrajan and Vasantha who were part of the play reprised their roles. Gopu who did the character of typist in the play repeated his character in the film and went on to be known as Typist Gopu. Nagesh, V. K. Ramasamy, A. Karunanidhi and Manorama were selected to play supporting roles. The film's editing was by A. Paulduraisingam, cinematography by G.Vittal Rao and H.Shantaram handled art department. The final length of the film was 3,880 metres (12,730 ft).
The soundtrack was composed by T. K. Ramamoorthy.
Aalayam was released on 11 August 1967. G. Dhananjayan wrote: "The film is a realistic and authentic representation of what happens in an office when employees operate without any commitment to work".
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film - Second Prize