Music directorG. Ramanathan Story byKarunanidhi LanguageTamil
DirectorT. R. Sundaram ScreenplayKarunanidhi Duration
Release date10 July 1953 CastSivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, K. A. Thangavelu, Sowcar Janaki, T. P. Muthulakshmi, T. S. Dorairaj Similar moviesSivaji Ganesan appears in Thirumbi Paar and Rangoon Radha
Tamil old nallavaraam oru aanodu pennum vmv thirumbi paar
Thirumbi Paar (Tamil: திரும்பிப் பார்; English: Look Back!) is a 1953 Tamil language film starring Sivaji Ganesan, P. V. Narasimha Bharathi, Pandari Bai, Krishna Kumari and Girija in the lead roles. Produced and directed by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, the film was written by M. Karunanidhi who would later become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Thirumbi Paar was one of the earliest Tamil films whose dialogues were known to be a political satire on the Indian National Congress, the ruling party then. Sivaji Ganesan played a negative role in the film and received wide acclaim.
Inspired from the story of Ahalya, the film had Sivaji Ganesan playing a womaniser. T. P. Muthulakshmi played the role of a "dumb wife" married to a much older husband (K. A. Thangavelu). Sivaji Ganesan seduces her in the absence of her husband and continues this act with other women. Pandari Bai played the role of Sivaji Ganesan's sister.
Producer: T. R. Sundaram
Production Company: Modern Theatres
Director: T. R. Sundaram
Music: G. Ramanathan
Story: M. Karunanidhi
Dialogues: M. Karunanidhi
Screenplay: M. Karunanidhi
Editing: L. Balu
Cinematography: W. R. Subba Rao
Background and theme
Thirumbi Paar was produced and directed by T. R. Sundaram. M. Karunanidhi, the story and dialog writer, was then a prominent member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
The story of the film was inspired from the story of Ahalya. Music for the film was composed by G. Ramanathan. Karunanidhi's witty dialogues were mainly targeted at Indian National Congress, the ruling party. Ganesan who made his debut through Parasakthi played "anti-hero" roles in most of the films during this period. He continued to act in such roles in films such as Rangoon Radha and Andha Naal, both in 1954. Thirumbi Paar was one of the earliest films written by M. Karunanidhi who belonged to the DMK. Apparently, the film's dialogues were known to be a political satire on Indian National Congress, the ruling party then.
The film was a moderate success at the box-office. It was lauded mainly for its witty dialogues and political satire. It had a 100-day run in theatres. Sivaji Ganesan's character in—negative role—the film was well received. Years later, in an interview he mentioned Thirumbi Paar was one of the best films that he had acted in his career. S. Viswanathan in his Industrial Economist described the film as "one of the powerful movies M Karunanidhi [MK] scripted".
The music was composed by G. Ramanathan. Lyrics by Bharathidasan & Kannadasan. Playback singers are A. M. Rajah, Thiruchi Loganathan, S. C. Krishnan, D. B. Ramachandra, P. Leela, Jikki, T. S. Bagavathi, K. Rani, Gajalakshmi & Swarnalatha.