Pasavalai (transl. Net of Love) is a 1956 Indian Tamil-language historical fantasy film, directed by A. S. Nagarajan produced by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatres, and written by Pa. Kannan. Music was composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy. It stars M. K. Radha, V. Gopalakrishnan, G. Varalakshmi, M. N. Rajam and Kumari Rajamani, with T. P. Muthulakshmi and A. Karunanidhi providing comic relief.[1][2] The film was a moderate success at the box office.[1]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. S. Nagarajan
Written byPa. Kannan (dialogues)
Screenplay byA. S. Nagarajan
Produced byT. R. Sundaram
StarringM. K. Radha
V. Gopalakrishnan
G. Varalakshmi
M. N. Rajam
CinematographyW. R. Subbha Rao
Edited byL. Balu
Music byViswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Release date
  • 1 November 1956 (1956-11-01)
Running time
146 minutes


A king is accused by his people of shielding his younger brother, who is after women. Touched to the quick, the king abandons his throne and walks out with his Queen and children. He wanders in the woods, looking for peace. The family gets separated. The king becomes mentally deranged, while his wife loses the children and works as a maid in a house. The children are rescued by some people including a leader of a gang of thieves. The brother meets the king in the woods, apologises for what happened and promises to cure him of his mental illness. He meets a young woman, who has a magic cave with herbs that can cure his brother. He goes in search of it, but the woman, unable to seduce the repentant brother, converts him into a dog. However, he succeeds in curing the king and dies in his arms. The blind king is saved by a princess who falls in love with him. She soon realises that he is still thinking of his first queen. After interesting twists, the king and the queen are united with the children and the princess dies accidentally.



Music by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy and lyrics were written by Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram and A. Maruthakasi.[3][4] Many songs become popular, such as "Anbinaal... Paasavalai", sung by C. S. Jayaraman and "Lol Lol Machchaan Unna Parthu", sung by Jikki.[1]

Songs Singer Lyrics Length
"Machchan Unna Parthu" (Lol Lol Lol) Jikki Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 04:48
"Anbinale Undaagum Inbanilai" 1 C. S. Jayaraman 03:15
"Idhuthaan Ulagamadaa Manidhaa" C. S. Jayaraman 03:24
"Intha Aattukkum Namma Naatukkum" C. S. Jayaraman 03:44
"Anbinale Undaagum Inbanilai" 2 C. S. Jayaraman 04:32
"Aiyaiya Neenga Ambalaiyaanga" Thiruchi Loganathan & K. Rani A. Maruthakasi 03:22
"Chinna Ponnu Singaari Naan" P. Suseela 03:17
"Mathippu Ketta Maamaa Nee Vaalai Aatalaamaa" P. Suseela 02:43
"Yaarukku Theengu Seithen.... Kannil Illaiyo Manam Illaiyo" C. S. Jayaraman 03:53
"Kutti Aadu Thappivandhaal....Unakedhu Sondham" C. S. Jayaraman Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram 03:33
"Malarodu Vishanaagam.... Needhi Idhuthaanaa" P. B. Srinivas 02:45


  1. ^ a b c Guy, Randor (23 June 2012). "Paasavalai 1956". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Pasavalai". The Indian Express. 1 November 1956. p. 1. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Paasa Valai". Gaana. Archived from the original on 26 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Paasa Valai". Saregama. Archived from the original on 29 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.

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