Ratnakumar is a 1949 Indian Tamil-language film starring P. U. Chinnappa and P. Bhanumathi. M. G. Ramachandran did a supporting role. The film was released on 15 December 1949.[1]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKrishnan–Panju
Screenplay byP. P. Velayutham
Story byB. S. Ramiah
StarringP. U. Chinnappa
P. Bhanumathi
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byS. Panju
Music byG. Ramanathan
C. R. Subbaraman
Murugan Talkies
Release date
  • 15 December 1949 (1949-December-15)
Running time
145 minutes


Despite his poverty, the protagonist Rathnakumar woos and wins the hand of Bhanumati. At the bidding of the hero, a skeleton hurls a giant rock on the ground, and diamonds, rubies and emeralds pop out. Falling into evil company, he becomes addicted to vices that make him ill-treat his wife and then desert her without any qualms. He proceeds to fall for a beautiful princess and impresses her under false pretences. However, he eventually receives his comeuppance as his dubious past is revealed and he is imprisoned. Thereupon his conscience awakes and he is filled with remorse at the thought of his patient wife. Rathnakumar is an ordinary man of shifting loyalties, greed, lust, deceit and ultimately penitence.



The music was composed by G. Ramanathan and C. R. Subbaraman. The lyrics were written by Papanasam Sivan and Surabhi. C. R. Subburaman made K. Malathi to sing a solo and a duet with PUC in this film. Although she is a talented singer, this is the only film in which she sang.

Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
"Aahaa Adhisayam Idhaame Iraivane Unadhu Leelaiyin" P. U. Chinnappa
"Nin Paaadham Varave Thaaye Nee Dhayai Purivaaiye" P. Bhanumathi
"Ganavaangale Vaango" P. U. Chinnappa & P. Bhanumathi
"Unnarulaal Indha Udal Valarum" N. S. Krishnan
"Mahaaraajargale Maharaasigale" P. U. Chinnappa
"Nam Vaazhvenum Solaiyil" P. U. Chinnappa & P. A. Periyanayagi 04:38
"Varattum Vandhaal Vazhi Solven" P. Bhanumathi
"Keli MigacheivaaL Kettadhellaam Thaan Tharuvaal" P. U. Chinnappa
"Thevaikku Mel Serppavan" N. S. Krishnan
"Vizhudhu Vittu Thazhaithongi" P. Bhanumathi
"Andhi Nerame Inbame" P. U. Chinnappa & P. Bhanumathi
"Aaha Enadi Kiliye" K. Malathi
"Sollarum Aanandham Enadhu Vaazhvil Indre Dhuraiye" P. U. Chinnappa & P. Bhanumathi
"Muzhuthunnai Nambinen" P. Bhanumathi
"Andru Thalaiyil Avan"
"Aanandha Velaam" P. U. Chinnappa & P. Bhanumathi
"Aadavar Kaadhal Idhudhaano" P. Bhanumathi


The film did poorly at the box office.[2]


  1. ^ Sri Kantha, Sachi (11 August 2013). "MGR Remembered – Part 10 | Budding hero between 1947 and 1949". Ilankai Tamil Sangam. Archived from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ Guy, Randor (25 February 2010). "Blast from the Past — Ratnakumar 1949". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017.

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