Thirudathe (transl. Do Not Steal) is a 1961 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by P. Neelakantan. A remake of the Hindi film Pocket Maar (1956), it stars M. G. Ramachandran, B. Saroja Devi and M. N. Nambiar. The film, produced by V. Arunachalam, had musical score by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu and was released on 23 March 1961. Thirudathe ran 100 days in theatres. The film was remade in Kannada as Manassakshi (1968).

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byP. Neelakantan
Screenplay byKannadasan
Ma. Lakshmanan
Story byChinna Annamalai
Produced byV. Arunachalam
StarringM. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
CinematographyV. Ramamoorthy
Edited byR. Devarajan
Music byS. M. Subbaiah Naidu
A. L. S. Productions
Release date
  • 23 March 1961 (1961-03-23)
Running time
173 minutes


Balu is a small-time thief. Once he happens to steal money from a woman named Savithri's brother who is the breadwinner of the family. After his death the family has to be taken care by Balu, his stealing attitude changes when his mother came to know that his son was a thief and sacrifices her life. How the family is saved forms the rest of the story.



The film, a remake of the Hindi film Pocket Maar (1956), was directed by P. Neelakandan and V. Arunachalam under A. L. S. Productions, with story written by Chinna Annamalai and dialogues written by Kannadasan and Ma. Lakshmanan.[1][2] Lakshmanan came up with two titles for the film: Thirudathe (Do not steal) and Nalladhukku Kaalamillai (Goodness stands no chance), recommending the latter. M. G. Ramachandran objected, believing that audiences would think the title would represent his own opinion, and that the film actually exhorts people not to do wrong. Hence, the former title was finalised.[3] B. Saroja Devi was cast as the lead actress at Ramachandran's insistence.[4]


The music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu. Lyrics by Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram, Kannadasan, Ku. Sa. Krishnamurthy, Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, M. K. Athmanathan, Muthukoothan and Ra. Pazhanisami.[5] The song "Ennaruge Nee Irundhal" was composed by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy. It was recorded for an earlier film produced by A. L. S. Productions, but was not used due to that film's length. With the permission of S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, producer A. L. Srinivasan used that song in this film. However, credit was not given to Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy in the title.[6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Acha Baguthacha" S. C. Krishnan & A. G. Rathnamala Ra. Pazhanisami 02:10
2 "Aasey Machchan.... Azhagaan Chinna Ponnu" Seerkazhi Govindarajan & Jikki Ku. Sa. Krishnamurthy 02:49
3 "Anthisayum Nerathiley" A. L. Raghavan & A. G. Rathnamala
4 "En Aruge Nee Irundhaal"
P. B. Sreenivas & P. Susheela Kannadasan 02:55
5 "Kannum Kannum Sernthathu" P. B. Sreenivas & K. Jamuna Rani 04:01
6 "Mama Mama Makku Mama" P. Susheela & Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 02:24
7 "O Mister Baalu" Jikki 02:47
8 "Thirudaadhe Paapa Thirudaadhe" T. M. Soundararajan Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram 03:21
9 "Anbale Thannuyirai" Seerkazhi Govindarajan M. K. Athmanathan 01:11


Thirudathe was released on 23 March 1961.[7] The film was a commercial success, running for 100 days in theatre. [8] According to Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen in the book Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, for Ramachandran this marked a beginning of transition to roles that had "a contemporary setting", as opposed to period settings.[9] Historian M. S. S. Pandian considers the film "inaugurated the MGR persona of a subaltern in the service of society", a trend that continued through the 1970s.[10]

In popular cultureEdit

In Andha 7 Naatkal (1981), Gopi (Master Haja Sheriff) sells stolen goods on the street; when police seize the goods, the poster on which the items were kept is revealed to be that of Thirudathe.[11]


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  2. ^ Kannan 2017, p. 115.
  3. ^ Kannan 2017, p. 90.
  4. ^ ஜெயந்தன், ஆர்.சி. (6 August 2021). "திருடாதே 60 ஆண்டுகள்: வாளை வீசிவிட்டு வாருங்கள் எம்.ஜி.ஆர்.!" [60 years of Thirudathe: Throw the sword away and come MGR!]. Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 6 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Thirudathe (1961)". Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. ^ மணியன், பி.ஜி.எஸ். ""சங்கீத அய்யா" எஸ்.எம். சுப்பையா நாயுடு – 10" ["Master of music" S. M. Subbaiah Naidu – 10]. (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 7 March 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Thirudathe". The Indian Express. 23 March 1961. p. 10. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  8. ^ Kannan 2017, p. 116.
  9. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 188.
  10. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 165.
  11. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (28 October 2020). "மறக்க முடியாத 'பாலக்காட்டு மாதவன், வசந்தி, டாக்டர், கோபி'... 39 ஆண்டுகளாக நினைவில் நிற்கும் 'அந்த 7 நாட்கள்'!" [Unforgettable ‘Palakkad Madhavan, Vasanthi, Doctor, Gopi’ ... ‘Andha 7 Naatkal’ that has been remembered for 39 years!]. Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2021.


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