Sadhu Mirandal

Sadhu Mirandal (transl. If the meek are angered) is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language crime thriller film directed by the duo Thirumalai–Mahalingam. It was produced by A. Bhimsingh, who also wrote the screenplay based on a real incident about a man being murdered for money by two friends in a moving car. The film stars Nagesh and T. R. Ramachandran. Released on 14 April 1966, it became a critical and commercial success, and was later remade in Hindi as Sadhu Aur Shaitaan (1969).[1][2]

Sadhu Mirandal
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Directed byThirumalai–Mahalingam
Screenplay byA. Bhimsingh
Story byUsilai Somanathan
Produced byA. Bhimsingh
CinematographyG. Vittal Rao
Edited byA. Paul Durai Singham
Music byT. K. Ramamoorthy
Sree Venkateswara Cinetone
Distributed bySun Beam
Release date
  • 14 April 1966 (1966-04-14)




On 13 November 1958 in Madras (now Chennai), Suryanarayana, a bank official, was murdered for money by his friend Narayana Swamy and associates Vijayakumar and Joginder, while travelling via Narayana Swamy's car after taking a large sum of cash from his bank's head office in Parry's Corner to his branch in T. Nagar. Vijayakumar and Narayana Swamy were apprehended, but Joginder escaped.[6] This incident became known as the "Suryanarayana Murder Case", and inspired A. Bhimsingh to write a screenplay.[5] He produced it under the banner Sree Venkateswara Cinetone as the film Sadhu Mirandal, which his assistants Thirumalai–Mahalingam directed.[5][7] The story and dialogues were written by Usilai Somanathan. Art direction was handled by H. Shantaram, editing by A. Paul Durai Singham and cinematography by G. Vittal Rao.[8] A. Veerappan also contributed to the script, but was not credited.[4] It is the feature film debut of Master Prabhakar.[9] The final length of the film was 3,996 metres (13,110 ft).[7]


The soundtrack was composed by T. K. Ramamoorthy,[10][11] while the lyrics were written by Alangudi Somu and Thanjai Vanan.[8] Ramamoorthy earlier composed for films with M. S. Viswanathan (under the name Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy) and this was his first film as a solo composer.[12] One song, "A for Apple... B for Biscuit...", written by Thanjai Vaanan and sung by A. L. Raghavan and L. R. Eswari, attained popularity,[5] as did "Arulvaaye Nee Arulvaaye", sung by M. Balamuralikrishna.[13] This song is set in the Carnatic raga Sindhu Bhairavi.[14]

1."Arulvaaye Nee Arulvaaye"Alangudi SomuM. Balamuralikrishna3:36
2."Pattali Thozhilalarkalai"Alangudi SomuS. C. Krishnan, L. R. Eswari7:54
3."A for Apple... B for Biscuit..."Thanjai VananA. L. Raghavan, L. R. Eswari, S. V. Ponnusamy, Sundar–Surendran, Lalitha4:04
4."Nadakame Intha Ulagam"Thanjai VananA. L. Raghavan6:45

Release and receptionEdit

Sadhu Mirandal was released on 14 April 1966,[7] and was distributed by Sun Beam.[8] The film became a commercial success,[15] and received acclaim from Kalki for its innovative storyline and making.[16]


  1. ^ Gahlot 2015, chpt. 41.
  2. ^ Pillai 2015, p. 253.
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  6. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (8 July 2012). "Rathnamala (1948)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "1966 – சாது மிரண்டால் ஸ்ரீ வெங்கடேஸ்வரா சினிடோன்" [1966 – Sadhu Mirandal Sree Venkateswara Cinetone.]. Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
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  9. ^ "எம்ஜிஆர், சிவாஜிக்கு செல்லப்பிள்ளை… இப்போது ஜெராக்ஸ் கடை ஓனர்". The Indian Express (in Tamil). 16 December 2021. Archived from the original on 8 July 2022. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Sadhu Mirandal". Songs4all. Archived from the original on 28 April 2021. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
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  12. ^ "எம்.எஸ்.வி. உடன் இணைந்து இசையமைத்தவர் பழம்பெரும் இசையமைப்பாளர் டி.கே.ராமமூர்த்தி மரணம்". Dinakaran (in Tamil). 18 April 2013. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  13. ^ "சின்னக்கண்ணனை அழைத்துக்கொண்ட இறைவன்: பாலமுரளி கிருஷ்ணா மறைவு". Dinamalar (in Tamil). 22 November 2016. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  14. ^ "திரைப்படப் பாடல்களும் பாலமுரளி கிருஷ்ணாவும்!". Dinamani (in Tamil). 25 November 2016. Archived from the original on 8 July 2022. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  15. ^ Srinivasan, A. L. (1967). "Tamil Film-makers Forge Ahead". Film World. Vol. 3. pp. 171–172. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  16. ^ "சாது மிரண்டால்". Kalki (in Tamil). 1 May 1966. p. 25. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.


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