Ammaiyappan (film)

Ammaiyappan is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language film written by M. Karunanidhi and directed by A. Bhimsingh in his directorial debut. The film stars S. S. Rajendran, G. Sakunthala and S. Varalakshmi. It was released on 24 September 1954 and became a major breakthrough in the career of Bhimsingh.

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Directed byA. Bhimsingh
Produced byDinshaw K. Tehrani
Jithan Banerjee
Written byM. Karunanidhi
StarringS. S. Rajendran
S. Varalakshmi
G. Sakunthala
Music byT. R. Pappa
CinematographyG. Vittal Rao
Edited byA. Bhimsingh
National Pictures
Release date
  • 24 September 1954 (1954-09-24)



Cast according to the song book[1]


Ammaiyappan marked the directorial debut of A. Bhimsingh.[2] It was produced by National Pictures,[1] written by M. Karunanidhi,[3] and featured S. S. Rajendran as the male lead, with G. Sakunthala as his love interest. Shooting took place at the studios Newtone and Citadel in Chennai (then known as Madras).[2] Cinematography was handled by G. Vittal Rao.[1]


The music of the film was composed by T. R. Pappa, with lyrics by Karunanidhi, Suratha, M. K. Atmanathan and N. M. Muthukuttan. The playback singers were M. L. Vasanthakumari, Thiruchi Loganathan, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, and Nagoor Hanifa.[2]


Ammaiyappan was released on 24 September 1954.[4] The film became a major breakthrough in the career of Bhimsingh. Writing for The Hindu, film historian Randor Guy praised the "alliterative Tamil dialogue" by Karunanidhi, and the performance of Rajendran.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ammaiyappan (songbook) (in Tamil). National Pictures. 1954.
  2. ^ a b c d Guy, Randor (17 January 2015). "Ammaiyappan (1954)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. ^ Karunanidhi, M. (2 October 2013). "Cinema for a cause". Frontline. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  4. ^ Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 11 April 2017.

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