Directed by T. P. Sundaram
Story by A. S. Muthu
Initial release 6 May 1960
Music director G. Govindarajulu Naidu
Written by A. S. Muthu
Music by G. Govindarajulu Naidu
Director T. R. Sundaram
|Produced by T. P. SundaramHarilal Patoviya|
Starring M. G. RamachandranVyjayanthimalaM. N. NambiarT. S. BalaiahT. R. RamachandranM. N. Rajam
Cast M G Ramachandran, Vyjayanthimala, M N Nambiar, Helen, T S Balaiah
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Baghdad Thirudan (Tamil: பாக்தாத் திருடன்; English: The Thief of Bagdad) is a 1960 Black-and-white swashbuckler Tamil film produced and directed by T. P. Sundaram. The film starred M. G. Ramachandran and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with M. N. Nambiar, T. S. Balaiah, T. R. Ramachandran, S. A. Ashokan, M. N. Rajam, A. Sandhya and S. N. Lakshmi forms an ensemble cast. The film was a remake of 1924 silent film The Thief of Bagdad and was inspired by 1951 Tony Curtis-starrer, The Prince Who Was A Thief.
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Following the betrayal of the Prime Minister, the Maharaja and the Maharani of the kingdom are murdered and their son, MGR, is hidden in a herd of cows. MGR is found by robbers hidden in the forest and eventually grows up to become their leader. The two impostors who sit on the throne have a daughter and a child servant who poses as the son who survived the death of the former royal couple. MGR, a sort of Robin Hood, robs the rich to give to the poor and strives to reconquer his kingdom.
Baghdad Thirudan was financed by Naidu, the former owner of Golden Studios. A single set in the film cost ₹30,000 (US$450), and MGR always wanted new sets. By this type of over-expenditure, it was believed that the film would ultimately cost ₹500,000 (US$7,400). MGR demanded that an additional ₹200,000 (US$3,000) be spent to complete the film, much to Naidu's horror.
Baghdad Thirudan was also the first film that featured MGR opposite Vyjayanthimala. MGR briefly served as the film's editor. During the filming of Baghdad Thirudan, MGR said, "I was at the editing table, and it was so easy to join the cuts, because the movements just flowed into each other". Actress S. N. Lakshmi, who played an important role in the film, had to fight a leopard in one scene without the use of a "dupe", though she later remarked that she feared cats.
Kalyanamalai Magazine labelled Baghdad Thirudan as one of Vyjayanthimala's "memorable films."
The film ran for over 125 days in theatres, officially declared a blockbuster hit and highest grossing film of the year.
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