Maappillai (1952 film)

Maappillai (transl. Son-in-law) is a 1952 Indian Tamil-language drama film[1] directed by T. R. Raghunath and written by V. N. Sambandam. The film stars T. R. Ramachandran, P. K. Saraswathi and T. K. Ramachandran. It revolves around an office boy who becomes wealthy in a rags to riches manner, and the attempts made by his boss's son to destroy him and usurp his wealth.[2] The film was released on 7 November 1952 and became a success.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byT. R. Raghunath
Written byV. N. Sambandam
StarringT. R. Ramachandran
P. K. Saraswathi
T. K. Ramachandran
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byS. A. Murugesan
Music byT. R. Pappa
N. S. Balakrishnan
National Productions
Release date
  • 7 November 1952 (1952-11-07)




Maappillai was directed by T. R. Raghunath, written by V. N. Sambandam and produced by National Productions. Cinematography was handled by P. S. Selvaraj, and editing by S. A. Murugesan. The film was shot and processed at Newton Studios. Its final length was 17,647 feet (5,379 m).[3]


The soundtrack was composed by T. R. Pappa and N. S. Balakrishnan, while the lyrics were written by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass. The song "Dosu Kodukka Venum", picturised on Radhakrishnan and Rajam, satirises "men, mores and morals", and attained popularity.[2]

No. Song Singer/s Lyrics Duration Music
1 "Kadhalil Vinghanam" A. M. Rajah & P. Leela Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:04 T. R. Pappa
2 "All Right.... Naanoru Ragasiyam" A. G. Rathnamala 02:39
3 "Dosu Kodukka Venum" Thiruchi Loganathan & A. G. Rathnamala 03:21 N. S. Balakrishnan
4 "Kannum Karutha Kudumbam" P. Leela 03:13
5 "Mayangadhe Madhi" A. P. Komala 03:43
6 "Sirandha Ulaginile" P. Leela & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi 06:24
7 "Raja Kudumbatthil" Thiruchi Loganathan & A. G. Rathnamala 02:31
8 "Inbame Siridhum Ariyaadha" P. Leela 01:10
9 "Kanneerthaan.... Pennaaga Pirandhaal" P. Leela 03:03

Release and receptionEdit

Maappillai was released on 7 November 1952,[3] and became a commercial success.[2]


  1. ^ "MAPPILLAI (1952)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 25 January 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Guy, Randor (4 May 2013). "Maappillai (1952)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 18 January 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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