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Haridas is a 1944 Tamil language film directed by Sundar Rao Nadkarni and starring M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, T. R. Rajakumari and N. C. Vasanthakokilam. It holds the record of being the first film to run continuously for 110 weeks at a single theatre.[1][2][3][4][5][6] IBN Live included Haridas in its list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.[7] This film had a colour sequence which was manually colored by studio technicians. The film was entirely recoloured and released in year 1946.[8] The poster in this page mentions that in has released with a full colour copy (below the title). The movie was produced by Madurai Royal Talkies and Central Studios in Coimbatore.

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Promotional poster of the film with a picture of M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar displayed prominently, highlighting the film's successful three-year run at Broadway theater (1944, 1945 and 1946) in Madras.
Directed bySundar Rao Nadkarni
Produced byRoyal Talkies
Written byIlangovan
StarringM. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
T. R. Rajakumari
N. C. Vasanthakokilam
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Madhuram
Pandari Bai
S. R. Krishna Iyengar
Music byPapanasam Sivan
G. Ramanathan
CinematographyAdi Irani
T. Muthuswamy
Edited bySundar Rao Nadkarni
Release date
16 October 1944
Running time
117 minutes
Box office40 lakh (US$58,000)



Haridas (Thyagaraja Bhagavathar) is a vain individual who spends his life in luxury and lust ignoring his wife (Vasanthakokilam). But when his wealth is appropriated by a courtesan (T. R. Rajakumari), he realizes life's realities, reforms and spends the rest of his days serving his parents and God.



Haridas was directed by Sundar Rao Nadkarni, a Marathi film director, and produced by Royal Talkies. The film was adapted from the book Sri Krishna Vijayam by Elangovan.[1] It was based on the story of the life of a poet-saint called Haridas.[1][6] The role of Haridas was played by M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, who was the highest-paid actor in the Tamil film industry at the time.[9] It was very short (10,994 Feet[10]) compared to other films from the same period.[11] Featuring a number of melodious songs sung by Bhagavathar, the film was released on Diwali (16 October) 1944.[12] Classical musician N. C. Vasanthakokilam, who was often compared to M. S. Subbulakshmi as a singer, played the role of Haridas' wife.[12][11] The film also marked the debut of renowned Tamil actress Pandari Bai.[11][13] The comedic duo of N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram were cast in this film.[2] Th film was shot at Central Studios, Coimbatore.[14][15]


All songs in this film became hits. The song "Manmadha leelayai vendrar undo" celebrating erotic love has become an enduring hit and the phrase has entered every day Tamil usage. Papanasam Sivan was the composer and G. Ramanathan was in charge of the orchestration. A partial list of songs from Haridas:

  • Manmadha Leelayai Vendrar Undo
  • "Krishnaa mukunda muraree"
  • "Annaiyum thandhaiyum"
  • "Vaazhvil oru thirunaal"
  • "Nijamma idhu nijamma"
  • "Kadhiravan vudhayam kanden"
  • "Ullam kavarum en paavaai"
  • "Natanam innum aadanam"
  • "Ennalum Indha"
  • "Thottadharkellam"
  • "Enadhuyir nadhar"
  • "Ennudal thanil"
  • "Kanna vaa manivanna vaa"


Haridas hit the theatres on Deepavali (16 October) 1944. It was a huge success and ran for 110 consecutive weeks till Deepavali (22 November) 1946 at the Sun Theatres in Broadway, Madras.[11][6] Across theatres it had an uninterrupted theatrical run of 133 weeks.[3] With the profits earned from the film, the producers established a knitting company in Madurai.[6] Bhagavathar became the Tamil cinema industry's highest paid star and was offered a salary of 1 lakh per film.[11][6] Following the success of Haridas, Bhagavathar was immediately booked for as many as twelve films.[6] However, he was not able to enjoy his success as he was arrested in November 1944 as a suspect in the Lakshmikanthan Murder Case.[11][2] IBN Live included the film in its list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Dhananjayan 2014, p. 56.
  2. ^ a b c Blast From the Past - Haridas 1944, The Hindu 11 July 2008
  3. ^ a b Thoraval 2011, p. 38.
  4. ^ Baskaran 1996, p. 46.
  5. ^ Anandan 2004, p. 33.2.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Filmography of M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar Page 1". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  7. ^ a b "100 Years of Indian Cinema: The 100 greatest Indian films of all time". IBN Live. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
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  9. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1994). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. p. 57. ISBN 0-85170-455-7. ISBN 978-0-85170-455-5.
  10. ^ Anandan 2004, p. 28.35.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Dhananjayan 2014, p. 57.
  12. ^ a b Randor Guy. "From Silents to Sivaji Ganesan - A Lookback". Archived from the original on 23 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  13. ^ Guy, Randor (14 February 2003). "Actress who glowed with inner beauty". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
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