Music directorS. V. Venkatraman Duration LanguageTamil
Release date14 January 1960 GenresTamil cinema, Drama, World cinema CastSivaji Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala, Pandari Bai, S V Ranga Rao, B. Saroja Devi, K. A. Thangavelu Similar moviesVyjayanthimala and K A Thangavelu appear in Irumbu Thirai and Vanjikottai Valiban
irumbu thirai a classic love scene
Irumbu Thirai (English: Iron Curtain) is a 1960 Indian Tamil-language mondo film produced and directed by S. S. Vasan. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala, and B. Saroja Devi in the lead with K. A. Thangavelu, S. V. Ranga Rao, Pandari Bai and Vasundhara Devi as the ensemble cast of the film. This film is a remake of Hindi film Paigham released a year earlier. The film's soundtrack was composed by S. V. Venkatraman and the lyrics were penned by Kothamangalam Subbu, Papanasam Sivan and Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram. The editing was done by M. Umanath while the camera was handled by P. Elappa and N. C. Bala Krishna. The story revolves around the two brothers Manikam and Kondamuthu and their mill owner.
In 1959, S. S. Vasan was making a Tamil film which would be a bilingual to Hindi film Paigham starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala with theme built around capital-labour relations. The untitled film was referred as "Gemini Production .. ..", after some unsuccessful over the suggestion of the title, Vasan invited his employees to suggest a title for the under-production film where almost 2, 500 entries was submitted to him. After examining one by one, he finally satisfied with the title Irumbu Thirai, which means Iron Curtain, which symbolised the ideology of Marxist film theory. He also hosted a reception to honour the boy who suggested the title and rewarded him with some price money. For the mother of the lead actress, Vasundhara Devi the real-life mother of Vyjayanthimala was fixed where she also reprises her role in the Hindi version of the film, along with her all the female cast including Vyjayanthimala, B. Saroja Devi, Pandari Bai also reprises their roles as well.
The soundtrack was composed by S. V. Venkatraman who earlier had many hit number through Bhookailas, Meera, Valmiki and Panakkaari. The hit album had Kothamangalam Subbu, Papanasam Sivan and Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram as the lyricists. The singers consist of T. M. Soundararajan, Tiruchi Loganathan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, P. Leela, Jikki, Radha Jayalakshmi & L. R. Eswari.
The song Nenjil Kudiyirukkum was well received by the audience especially the line "nilamai ennavendru theriyuma," which was made in Shanmukhapriya raga was also appreciated by critics alike.