Deiva Thai (transl. Divine Mother) is a 1964 Indian Tamil-language film, produced and co-written by R. M. Veerappan, directed by P. Madhavan and starring M. G. Ramachandran. It was released on 18 July 1964 and became one of the most successful Tamil films of the year.

Deiva Thai
Deiva Thai.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byP. Madhavan
Screenplay byR. M. Veerappan
T. N. Balu
K. Balachander (dialogues)
Story byNanabhai Bhatt
Produced byR. M. Veerappan
Music byViswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Sathya Movies
Distributed byEmgeeyaar Pictures
Release date
  • 18 July 1964 (1964-07-18)
Running time
175 minutes


Sivagami, a widow, brings up her only son Maran, in the worship of Karunagaran, as his father had died in tragic circumstances. She hides from him for a long time, the real version of the facts. Indeed, Karunagaran, inveterate player of poker, killed a player accidentally during a game in which the player beats him by cheating, shocked to realise that he is the reason for his death, Karunagaran escapes from that quickly. Maran becomes a C.I.D. officer and settles in the new mission to dismantle the traffickers' network. It turns out that the man who heads this terrorist organisation is none other than his father, Karunagaran. Maran and the one who is called up now, Baba (alias Karunagaran), ignore each other, their family ties, except Sivagami, are in the centre of a cornelian dilemma. To choose between her husband or his son? To assure his role of faithful wife or that of an affectionate mother?



K. Balachander, while working in the Accountant General's office, was offered to write the dialogues for the film by its lead actor M. G. Ramachandran.[1] Balachander was initially reluctant, as he was more theatre-oriented, but on the insistence of his friends he decided to work on the film. The producer R. M. Veerappan convinced Balachander to write the dialogues and launched him in the silver screen business.[2][3]


The music was composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy.[4][5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Kathalikkathe" P. Susheela Vaali 04:02
2 "Paruvam Ponapaathaiyele" P. Susheela 04:32
3 "Moondrezhuthil En" T. M. Soundararajan 03:08
4 "Indha Punnagai" T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 05:14
5 "Vannakkili" T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela 03:40
6 "Oru Pennai Parthu" T. M. Soundararajan 04:37
7 "Unmaikku Veliyithu" Seerkazhi Govindarajan Alangudi Somu 04:37

Release and receptionEdit

Deiva Thai was released on 18 July 1964,[6] and distributed by Emgeeyaar Pictures.[7] The Sunday Standard wrote "Indeed, it is all a twice-told tale. And yet, the picture enthrals a section of the audience for which it is intended, thanks to the fast tempo of surroundings and director Madhavan's success in wringing the best out of the few emotional sequences despite a weak and loose script".[8] T. M. Ramachandran wrote in Sport and Pastime, "The story may be ordinary but it is imaginatively treated".[9] Kanthan of Kalki praised the dialogues by Balachander.[10] It was one of the most successful Tamil films of the year.[11]


  1. ^ ""பால்கே" விருது பெற்ற பாலச்சந்தருக்கு நடிகர்கள் வாழ்த்து". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 30 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ "திரை உலகுக்கு வாருங்கள்: பாலசந்தருக்கு எம்.ஜி.ஆர். அழைப்பு" [MGR invited Balachander to enter film industry]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 24 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  3. ^ Magan, Tamil (29 June 2003). "Balachander – the maverick and the master". Chennai Online. translated by Hari Krishnan. Archived from the original on 29 June 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Deiva Thai (1964)". Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Deiva Thai ( EP , 45 RPM )". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Deiva Thai". The Indian Express. 18 July 1964. p. 10. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Deiva Thai". The Sunday Standard. 12 July 1964. p. 3. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Deiva Thai". The Sunday Standard. 25 July 1964. p. 3. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  9. ^ Ramachandran, T. M. (8 August 1964). "New Concern Hits Headlines". Sport and Pastime. Vol. 18. p. 50. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  10. ^ காந்தன் (16 August 1964). "தெய்வ தாய்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 25. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  11. ^ Guy, Randor (2 April 2016). "Dheiva Thaai (1964)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 June 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2016.

External linksEdit

Deiva Thai at IMDb