Marumagal (1953 film)

Marumagal (transl. Daughter-in-law) is a 1953 Indian Tamil-language drama film, produced by Lena Chettiar on Krishna Pictures banner and directed by D. Yoganand. The film stars N. T. Rama Rao, Padmini and Lalitha, with music composed by C. R. Subburaman. It was simultaneously shot in Telugu-language as Ammalakkalu (transl. Mothers and Sisters).[1]

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Directed byD. Yoganand
Screenplay byA. S. A. Sami
Vempati Sadasivabrahmam
Story byVempati Sadasivabrahmam
Produced byLena rChettiar
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
CinematographyBomman Irani
Edited byV. B. Nataraja Modaliyar
Music byC. R. Subburaman
G. Ramanathan
Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy (Background Music)
Krishna Pictures
Release date
  • 14 April 1953 (1953-04-14)


This is the plot of the Telugu version.

Ramaiah (B. R. Panthulu) & Kistaiah (D. Balasubramanyam) are close friends and farmers. Ramaiah's family consists of his wife Sugunamma (Rushyendramani) and two sons Sundar (Amarnath), Kumar (N. T. Rama Rao) and a daughter Rupa (Surabhi Balasaraswathi), who are struggling for their daily needs. On the guidance of Kishtaiah, Ramaiah starts a small contract business in the town for which Kistaiah organizes the amount by mortgaging his wife's jewelry. Right now, Ramaiah settles in the town, returns the debt and also promises to couple up Kishtaiah's daughter Usha (Padmini) with Kumar. Meanwhile, Ramaiah's sons move to town for education when this Ammalakkalu heckles at Usha which makes Kistaiah offended, so, he too joins Usha in the same school. Years roll by, Kumar & Usha grow up together and love each other. At present, Ramaiah arranges his elder son Sundar's marriage with a shrew woman Shanta (Lalitha). During the time of the wedding, Ammalakkalu provokes Sugunamma and she insults Kistaiah's wife when a rift arises between families. Here Kistaiah becomes furious leaves the venue and even breaks up the match of Usha & Kumar. So, they perform register marriage when soft-hearted Ramaiah welcomes the couple into the home. But Sugunamma & Shanta are very cold towards Usha. During that plight, Kumar leaves abroad for higher studies and Usha faces a lot of difficulties in her in-law's house. The rest of the story how she gets rid of these problems and reunited the family.


Tamil version
Telugu version


The music was composed by C. R. Subburaman with background music to be completed later by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy and Party after the untimely death of C. R. Subburaman.T. K. Ramamoorthy acted as his assistant in several films and was asked by the producer to complete the music for the film. Tunes for both languagres are the same.

Tamil soundtrack

However, there was one song in the film "Aanukkoru Penn Pillai" that was composed by G. Ramanathan. Lyrics by Udumalai Narayana Kavi & K. D. Santhanam. Singer is T. R. Ramachandran. Playback singers are A. M. Rajah, C. R. Subburaman, P. A. Periyanayaki, M. L. Vasanthakumari, Jikki, A. P. Komala & A. G. Rathnamala.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kanavilum Nanavilum Inai Piriyaadha" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki Udumalai Narayana Kavi 03:31
2 "Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti" Jikki & A. P. Komala 03:50
3 "Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 03:18
4 "Nianikkira Maaadhiri Ellaam" T. R. Ramachandran & M. L. Vasanthakumari 03:51
5 "Oo Neethaan En Sondham" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 03:01
6 "Aanukkoru Penn Pillai" P. A. Periyanayaki, A. P. Komala
& A. G. Rathnamala
7 "Pesaadha Maounam Aamo" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 04:23
8 "Romaani Maambazham Roobamthaan" T. R. Ramachandran & A. P. Komala 02:15
9 "Laali Suba Laali" C. R. Subburaman & P. A. Periyanayaki 03:05
10 "Jal Jal Jal Kingkini Aada" A. P. Komala K. D. Santhanam
Telugu soundtrack

Playback singers are A. M. Rajah, Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, P. A. Periyanayaki, M. L. Vasanthakumari, Jikki, A. P. Komala & R. Balasaraswathi Devi.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Penugonu Manasula" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 03:27
2 "Kannemaavi Thotalona" Jikki & A. P. Komala 02:45
3 "Kannemaavi Thotalona" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 03:56
4 "Nee Kosam" Pithapuram Nageswara Rao & M. L. Vasanthakumari 03:51
5 "Oo Neeve Naa Prema" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 02:27
6 "Undaloi Undaloi" P. A. Periyanayaki & A. P. Komala 11:10
7 "Maaradavela Maaramu" A. M. Rajah & P. A. Periyanayaki 03:48
8 "Rupaa Rupante" Pithapuram Nageswara Rao & A. P. Komala 02:18
9 "Lallaa Lallaa" Pithapuram Nageswara Rao & R. Balasaraswathi Devi 03:01
10 "Jhan Jhan Jhan" A. P. Komala 00:26

Box officeEdit

The film fared well at box office in both languages, but the Telugu version was more successful.[2] In Ammalakkalu, the duet song sung by Relangi became popular in Telugu districts.[2]


  1. ^ "Patriot and an idealist". The Hindu. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Guy, Randor (22 December 2012). "Marumagal 1953". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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