Thiyagi (transl. Martyr) is a 1947 Indian, Tamil-language film directed by Ramjibhai Arya and S. R. Krishna Ayyangar[2] and featured V. N. Janaki and N. Krishnamurthi in the lead roles.[3]

Directed byRamjibhai Arya
S. R. Krishna Ayyangar
Written byS. R. Krishna Ayyangar
Story byS. R. Krishna Ayyangar
StarringV. N. Janaki
N. Krishnamurthi
V.S. Mani
Stunt Somu
K. Devanarayanan
Music byS. V. Venkatraman
T. R. Ramanathan
Moorthi Productions
Release date
  • 22 August 1947 (1947-08-22) (India)
Running time
2 hrs. 20 mins. (12700 ft.)


The story is of a dalit girl. The son of a wealthy Zamindar who was educated abroad, falls in love with the dalit girl. The girl is prevented from entering a temple by the priest. She undergoes various difficulties in life owing to the lowly status of her caste. The film exposed the difficulties faced by oppressed people including proscription from entering temples.[3]


The following list is adapted from The Hindu article[3] and from the database of Film News Anandan.[1]

  • V. N. Janaki
  • N. Krishnamurthi
  • V. S. Mani
  • Stunt Somu
  • K. Devanarayanan
  • K. S. Angamuthu
  • Thodi Kannan
  • Kolathu Mani
  • T. V. Sethuraman
  • C. K. Nagaratnam
  • V. Saroja


Music was composed by S. V. Venkatraman and T. R. Ramanathan while the lyrics were penned by Papanasam Rajagopala Iyer. The songs had a patriotic theme with social values and were acclaimed by the people.[3]


The film fared well at the box office and is remembered for the splendid performance of V. N. Janaki and for the songs with social themed lyrics and pleasing music.[3]


  1. ^ a b Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha & Paul Willemen. Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998. p. 649.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Guy, Randor (30 July 2016). "Thyagi (1947)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.