Engal Selvi

Engal Selvi (transl. Our Daughter) is a 1960 Indian Tamil-language drama film, produced by T. E. Vasudevan under the Associate Producers banner and directed by D. Yoganand. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Anjali Devi , with music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The film was a remake of Hindi film Lajwanti.[2] The film was dubbed into Telugu as Kanna Kuthuru (1960).[1][3]

Engal Selvi
Engal selvi tamil film 1960 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byD. Yoganand
Produced byT. E. Vasudevan
Written byMaran
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Anjali Devi
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyAdhi M. Irani
Edited byM. S. Mani
Associate Producers
Release date
  • 8 July 1960 (1960-07-08) (India)
Running time
160 minutes




Music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Music released on Audio Company.[4]

1."Sollathaan Ninaikiren"KannadasanP. Suseela03:23
2."Vaarayo Vaarayo"A. MaruthakasiP. Suseela01:34
3."Enna Peru Vaikkalaam"KannadasanK. Jamuna Rani, P. Leela, L. R. Eswari04:38
4."Sila Sila Aandugal Munnam"KuyilanP. Leela & group03:32
5."Ambuli Maamaa Varuvaayaa"KuyilanA. L. Raghavan, M. S. Rajeswari & group03:57
6."Unnai Nambi Aval Irundhaal"KuyilanP. B. Srinivas03:11
7."Jaya Jaya"Kavi RajagopalV. N. Sundharam 
8."Sollathan Ninaikiren (another song)"KannadasanP. Suseela, K. Jamuna Rani & group 


The film had a wrestling match between Dara Singh and King Kong. The producer said while the shooting of the match was in progress, he noticed blood oozing from King Kong's mouth. He was concerned and shouted, "cut, cut". But the wrestler King Kong wanted the blood to be seen in the film. King Kong almost hit the producer, but Dara Singh intervened and told him that he is the producer of the film, the producer reminisced in an interview later.

The producer said he had to burn copies of the film due to lack of storage facilities.[3] However, it appears some copies have survived.


The Indian Express wrote, "Anjali Devi, Nageswara Rao and Baby Uma give a convincing display of a devoted wife, a distraught husband a love-lorn child".[5]


  1. ^ a b 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 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ Sriram, V. (14 August 2018). "From Lajwanthi to Engal Selvi". Madras Heritage and Carnatic Music. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The time when KING KONG almost hit him". The Hindu. 15 July 2012. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ G. Neelamegam. Thiraikalanjiyam – Part 1 (in Tamil). Manivasagar Publishers, Chennai 108 (Ph:044 25361039). First edition December 2014. p. 192.
  5. ^ "Engal Selvi". The Indian Express. 8 July 1960. p. 3.

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