Pillaiyo Pillai

Pillaiyo Pillai (transl. Son, oh son!) is 1972 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Krishnan–Panju, produced by Murasoli Maran and written by M. Karunanidhi. The film stars M. K. Muthu (in dual role) in his debut film appearance alongside Vijayakumari and Lakshmi, while Manohar, M. R. R. Vasu and G. Sakunthala play supporting roles. It was released on 23 June 1972 and emerged a commercial success.

Pillaiyo Pillai
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Theatrical poster
Directed byKrishnan–Panju
Written byM. Karunanidhi
Produced byMurasoli Maran
StarringM. K. Muthu
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
Anjugam Pictures
Release date
  • 23 June 1972 (1972-06-23)
Running time
125 minutes


Gangatharan, a criminal and womaniser, poses as a noble man in public. He indulges in stealing temple sculptures. Gangatharan murders his first wife and frames the crime his servant Murugan, who is arrested. Murugan escapes from prison and kidnaps Gangatharan's son and raises him as his own. Gangatharan gets remarried to Kanchana, whom Murugan kidnaps. But he releases her, when Kanchana confesses that she is bearing a child. When Gangatharan learns of his wife's pregnancy, he drives her away, she gives birth to a son.

Years later, the boy raised by Murugan, Kumar, is a doctor. Kanchana's son Kannan grows up to become a straightforward and hardworking person. Confusion ensues as the public prosecutor's daughter falls in love with one of the sons, often mistaking Kannan for Kumar. As part of his plans to wreak vengeance, Gangatharan accuses Kumar of stealing a ring and beats him up. How the problems are solved forms the rest of the story.



Pillaiyo Pillai is the debut film for M. K. Muthu as an actor.[1] Principal photography began on 21 October 1971.[2]


Music was by M. S. Viswanathan and lyrics were written by Kannadasan and Vaali.[3] The song "Moondru Thamizh Thondriyathum" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Charukesi.[4]

Songs Singers Lyrics Length
"Ezhaiyin Sirippil Iraivan" T. M. Soundararajan Vaali 04:19
"Moondru Thamizh Thondriyathum" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:14
"Vellai Malaril Oru Vandu" P. Susheela Kannadasan 03:17
"Gundooru Hamumanthappa Enga" T. M. Soundararajan, A. L. Raghavan, L. R. Eswari Vaali 04:21
"Meenattam Kann Konda Meenakshi" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 05:01


Pillaiyo Pillai was released on 23 June 1972,[2] and emerged a commercial success.[5]


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  2. ^ a b Sri Kantha, Sachi (27 August 2020). "MGR Remembered – Part 57 | Expulsion from DMK". Ilankai Tamil Sangam. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Pillaiyo Pillai". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "எம்.ஜி.ஆருடன் வாலியின் அனுபவங்கள்". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 7 February 2019. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Meet the Karunanidhi clan: The vast family tree of TN's departed leader". The News Minute. 10 August 2018. Archived from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2021.

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