Release dateJanuary 26, 1966 Based onThe Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker SongsKathiruntha Kangale CastSivaji Ganesan (Sundaram Pillai), Sowcar Janaki (First Wife), Manimala (Second Wife), Pandari Bai, Chittor V. Nagaiah, Jayalalithaa J
Motor Sundaram Pillai is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film, directed by Balu and produced by S. S. Vasan under the banner of Gemini Studios. The film features Sivaji Ganesan playing the title role with an ensemble cast of Ravichandran, Suryakumar, Sivakumar, Major Sundarrajan, Nagesh, Kanchana, Sowcar Janaki, Pandari Bai, Jayalalithaa, Shylashri, and Rajkokila in supporting roles. It is a remake of the Hindi film Grahasti, itself based on the 1959 American film The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, adapted from a play written by Liam O'Brien. The film was remade in Telugu as Manchi Kutumbam with Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Motor Sundaram Pillai is a remake of S. S. Vasan's Hindi production Grahasti, itself based on the 1959 American film The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, adapted from a play written by Liam O'Brien, which was inspired by a real life incident.
The soundtrack album was composed by M. S. Viswanathan. The lyrics were penned by Kothamangalam Subbu and Vaali.
Film historian and critic Randor Guy noted that the film will be "remembered for the gripping storyline, first class performance by Sivaji Ganesan who was well supported by Sowcar Janaki and tuneful music of M. S. Viswanathan".