Nalla Theerpu

Nalla Theerpu (transl. Excellent Judgement) is a 1959 Indian Tamil-language legal drama film directed by T. Prakash Rao.[2] The film stars Gemini Ganesan and Jamuna.[3]

Nalla Theerpu
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byT. Prakash Rao
Produced bySundar Lal Nahatha
Screenplay byMurasoli Maran
StarringGemini Ganesan
T. S. Durairaj
M. G. Chakrapani
Chittor V. Nagaiah
Music byS. M. Subbaiah Naidu
CinematographyKamal Ghosh
Edited byN. M. Shankar
Sri Productions
Release date
  • 9 April 1959 (1959-04-09) (India)
Running time
2 hrs. 50 mins. (15386 ft.)


A man (Nagaiah) who works in a bank is imprisoned on a charge of murder that he did not commit. He asks his wife (Kannamba) to tell the world her husband is dead and asks her to dress like a widow. He requests her to make their son (Ganesan) a lawyer so that he can win the case and get him released. The son turns into an efficient lawyer and wins the case against his father.


Cast according to the opening credits of the film



The producer Sundar Lal Nahatha came from Vijayawada to Chennai and set up his own film production company. He produced many films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi under different banners. This film is one of them produced under the banner Sri Productions.


Music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, while the lyrics were penned by Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram and Suratha. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, P. Leela, Jikki and P. Susheela.[4] Ragini dances to the song "Azhagaana Maaran Yaaradi" set in the raga 'Bhairavi'.

No. Song Singer/s Lyricist Duration (m:ss)
1 Azhagaana Maaran Yaaradi P. Leela Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 03:18
2 Vandu Vandhu Paadaamal Jikki 03:41
3 Velli Odam Pole P. Susheela
4 Munnariyum Deivamada T. M. Soundararajan Udumalai Narayana Kavi 02:24
5 Dheivathaal Aagaadhu Eninum 01:18
6 Thaayin Mozhi Vazhiye 01:08
7 Adhu Irundhaa Idhu Ille Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 03:53
8 Nithiraiyil Chithira Kanavu P. Susheela Suratha 03:24


The film fared well at the box office. Film historian Randor Guy wrote in 2013 that the film is "Remembered for the impressive performances of the cast, meaningful dialogues, captivating camera work, and deft direction."[3]


  1. ^ 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 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha & Paul Willemen. Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998. p. 621.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Guy, Randor (17 August 2013). "Nalla Theerpu (1959)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  4. ^ G. Neelamegam. Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 1 (in Tamil). Manivasagar Publishers, Chennai 108 (Ph:044 25361039). First edition December 2014. p. 173.

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