Nichaya Thamboolam

Nichaya Thamboolam (transl. The Betrothal) is a 1962 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film, directed and produced by B. S. Ranga. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan and Jamuna. It was released on 9 February 1962. The film was released in Telugu as Pelli Thambulam.[2]

Nichaya Thamboolam
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. S. Ranga
Written by'Virudai' Ramasamy
Produced byB. S. Ranga
StarringSivaji Ganesan
CinematographyB. S. Ranga
Edited byP. G. Mohan
M. Devendranath
Music byViswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Vikram Productions
Release date
  • 9 February 1962 (1962-02-09)[1]
Running time
130 minutes


A senior police officer, Ranganathan, has a spoilt son, Raghuraman. Ranganathan's wife (Raghu's mother) Kamakshi is a kind-hearted lady. Raghu falls in love with Seetha, is the daughter of a poor teacher, Ramanna. Ranganathan's family and Ramanna's family are related to each other. When Seetha born, both parents agreed that she should be married to Raghu and exchanged the Nichaya Thamboolam. However, due to their status, the families had been estranged from each other. Raghu marries Seetha and begets a child. But Raghu suspects Seetha's fidelity and walks out. To complicate matters further, Raghu is charged with the murder of his friend Pattusamy. Seetha takes the blame on herself in order to save Raghu. After more twists and turns it is revealed that Pattusamy is alive. The families come together and all live happily.



For the song "Padaithane Padaithane", Ranga initially built an elaborate set; however he had it torn down and "instead painted the floor wet black and used lamp posts".[3]


The music composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy and the lyrics were penned by Kannadasan.[4] "Padaithane Padaithane" is set in Bilaskhani Todi, a Hindustani raga.[5]

Song Singers Length
"Aandavan Padaichan" T. M. Soundararajan 05:13
"Padaithaane, Padaithaane Manithanai" 04:43
"Paavadai Dhavaniyil" 04:26
"Alangaram Alangaram" S. C. Krishnan, L. R. Eswari 02:50
"Ithu Ver Ulagam" T. M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari 04:00
"Maalai Soodum Mana Naal" P. Susheela 03:07
"Nethiyile Oru Kunguma Pottu" 03:43
"Nee Nadanthaal Enna" 02:43


The film was a box-office success, though it did not hit the 100-day mark.[6]


  1. ^ "71-80". Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1998) [1994]. Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema. British Film Institute and Oxford University Press. p. 191. ISBN 0-19-563579-5.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Akundi, Sweta (30 April 2018). "Shadows on the wall". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 July 2022. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ Neelamegam, G. (November 2016). Thiraikalanjiyam – Part 2 (in Tamil) (1st ed.). Chennai: Manivasagar Publishers 044 25361039. pp. 70–71.
  5. ^ Guy, Randor (17 July 2015). "His love for Bilaskhan-i Todi". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 July 2022. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  6. ^ Guy, Randor (2 May 2015). "Blast from the past: Nichaya Thamboolam 1962". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2018.

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