Penn Manam (transl. Female Mentality) is a 1952 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed and produced by S. Soundararajan. The film features T. K. Shanmugam and M. V. Rajamma in the lead roles.[1]

Penn Manam
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Film Poster
பெண் மனம்
Directed byS. Soundararajan
Written byThanjai N. Ramaiah Dass
Screenplay byS. Soundararajan
Story byThanjai N. Ramaiah Dass
Produced byS. Soundararajan
StarringT. K. Shanmugam
V. K. Ramasami
M. V. Rajamma
M. N. Rajam
S. A. Natarajan
C. T. Rajakantham
CinematographyM. R. Purushotham
Music byKunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer
Tamil Nadu Talkies
Distributed byTamil Nadu Talkies
Release date
  • 5 December 1952 (1952-12-05) (India)
Running time
15,959 ft.


Paramasivam, a farmer who lives with his wife Meenakshi and three children in Thanjavur, finds life difficult. Unable to face the difficulties, he goes to Colombo without informing his wife, and joins a drama troupe there. One of his children dies and Meenakshi is harassed by people. She tries to kill the other two children along with herself by jumping into a river with the children. However, they are saved by a sadhu (ascetic). In Colombo, Paramasivam saves a child from being run over by a car. The car owner gives Paramasivam money in gratitude, and the latter returns to his village in India. Whether he succeeds in finding his family and whether all are able to live together forms the rest of the story.[1]


T. K. Shanmugam as Paramasivam
V. K. Ramasami
S. A. Natarajan
M. V. Rajamma as Meenakshi
M. N. Rajam
C. T. Rajakantham
K. S. Angamuthu
Pulimoottai Ramasami
Kottapuli Jayaraman


Production, Screenplay and Direction: S. Soundararajan
Story, Dialogues and Lyrics: Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass
Cinematography: M. R. Purushotham
Studio: Shyamala Studios


Shooting took place at the now non-existent Shyamala Studios.[1]


The music of the film was composed by Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer assisted by T. A. Kalyanam. Lyrics were written by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass. The singers are M. L. Vasanthakumari, A. V. Saraswathi, A. P. Komala, T. A. Mothi, Madhavapeddi Satyam and Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer.[1]

No. Song Singer/s Lyrics Duration (m:ss)
1 "Vetri Vetri Vetri" T. A. Mothi, A. P. Komala & Madhavapeddi Satyam Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 03:06
2 "Aram Seiya Virumbu" T. A. Mothi & A. P. Komala 03:04
3 "Nijame Nee Solvaai" T. A. Mothi & A. V. Saraswathi 02:22
4 "Kanavilum Maraven" M. L. Vasanthakumari 02:56
5 "Vandi Odumaa" Thiruchi Loganathan 03:00
6 "Vaanatthil.... Sugamedhu Vaazhvile" Madhavapeddi Satyam & M. L. Vasanthakumari
7 "Vaazhvile Vaazhvile Aanandham" Madhavapeddi Satyam & M. L. Vasanthakumari 02:43
8 "Paambin Vaai Therai Pol" T. A. Mothi
9 "Vidhikku Manithan Ulagile" T. A. Mothi
10 "Idhar Chinabazar Mele" T. A. Mothi
11 "Pattikaadu Suttha Pattikaadu" T. A. Mothi & A. V. Saraswathi


  1. ^ a b c d Guy, Randor (11 July 2015). "Penn Manam (1952)". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2016.