Padikkadha Medhai

Padikkadha Medhai (transl. The uneducated genius) is a 1960 Tamil-language drama film starring Sivaji Ganesan and Sowcar Janaki. The film, directed by A. Bhimsingh, had musical score by K. V. Mahadevan and was released on 25 June 1960. It is a remake of 1953 Bengali film Jog Biyog [2] based on the novel of same name by Ashapoorna Devi.[3] The film was remade in Telugu in 1962 as Aathmabandhuvu, in Kannada in 1971 as Baala Bandana , [4] and in Hindi in 1967 as Meherbaan. This movie was also an inspiration for 1987 Tamil movie Per Sollum Pillai [5] and the 1990 Hindi movie Swarg.

Padikkadha Medhai
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Directed byA. Bhimsingh
Screenplay byA. Bhimsingh
Story byAshapoorna Devi
StarringSivaji Ganesan
Sowcar Janaki
S. V. Ranga Rao
P. Kannamba
S. A. Ashokan
R. Muthuraman
E. V. Saroja
T. R. Ramachandran
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyG. Vittal Rao
Edited byA. Bhimsingh
Bala Movies
Release date
25 June 1960[1]
Running time
164 mins


Chandrasekaran, an industrialist, is very successful in his business and has a loving family. His three sons and two daughters live happily as one family. He brings up an orphan, Rangan (Sivaji Ganesan), who is utterly devoted to the family. Calamity strikes the family in the form of loss in business. The last daughter's marriage gets cancelled. The brothers and their wives ill-treat their parents and Rangan and his wife. Seeing this, Chandrasekaran has no choice to ask Rangan and his wife leave their house. In the aftermath, Chandrasekaran dies a broken-hearted man leaving his wife and youngest daughter at their children's mercy. Rangan, with his simplicity and pure-hardheartedness, takes it upon himself to look after the mother and sister. In the end, he proves that love and affection is the greatest wealth.



  • Producer: N. Krishnaswamy
  • Production Company: Bala Movies
  • Director: A. Bhimsingh
  • Music: K. V. Mahadevan
  • Lyrics: Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Kannadasan & A. Maruthakasi
  • Story: Asha Poorna Devi
  • Screenplay: A. Bhimsingh
  • Dialogues: K. S. Gopalakrishnan
  • Art Direction: R. B. S. Mani
  • Editing: A. Bhimsingh
  • Choreography: K. N. Dhandayuthapani Pillai
  • Cinematography: G. Vittal Rao
  • Audiography: T. S. Rangasamy


The music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan, while lyrics were written by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Kannadasan and A. Maruthakasi.[6]Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, A. L. Raghavan, P. Leela, P. Suseela, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, M. S. Rajeswari, K. Jamuna Rani & L. R. Eswari

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Aadi Pizhaithaalum Paadi Pizhaithaalum" P. Leela A. Maruthakasi 04:20
2 "Engiruntho Vanthan" Seerkazhi Govindarajan Mahakavi Bharathiyar 03:16
3 "Inba Malargal Poothu" P. Suseela, L. R. Eswari A. Maruthakasi 03:25
4 "Ore Oru Oorile" T. M. Soundararajan, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kannadasan 04:09
5 "Padithathanal Arivu" M. S. Rajeswari 02:52
6 "Seevi Mudichu Singarichu" T. M. Soundararajan A. Maruthakasi 03:58
7 "Pakkathile Kanni Pen" A. L. Raghavan, K. Jamuna Rani 03:00
8 "Ulladhai Solven" T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 03:09
9 "Vindhaiyinum Periya Vindhaiyadi" P. Leela A. Maruthakasi 03:20
10 "Ore Oru Oorile" T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 01:23


The Indian Express positively reviewed the film, particularly for Ganesan's performance.[7]


  1. ^ "Padikkadha Medhai". Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ Vamanan (23 April 2018). "Tamil cinema's bong connection". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ ரவிக்குமார், வா (5 August 2016). "திறந்த வெளி திரையரங்கத்தின் முன்னோடி!". The Hindu Tamil. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (21 July 2016). "Athmabandhuvu (1962)". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (24 July 1987). "In tune with the times". The Indian Express. p. 5.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Padikkaatha Methai". The Indian Express. 1 July 1960. p. 3.

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