Vallavan Oruvan

Vallavan Oruvan (transl. The talented man) is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language spy thriller film, directed by R. Sundaram and written by A. L. Narayanan. Produced by Modern Theatres, with music composed by Vedha, the film stars Jaishankar and L. Vijayalakshmi. Based on the 1964 French film Shadow of Evil,[2] it was released on 11 November 1966.[3]

Vallavan Oruvan
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Sundaram
Written byA. L. Narayanan
Produced byT. R. Sundaram
L. Vijayalakshmi
CinematographyC. A. S. Mani
Edited byL. Balu
Music byVedha
Release date
  • 11 November 1966 (1966-11-11)
Running time
147 minutes[1]


A dangerous gang manufactures firearms and explosives, uses them for looting, derailing trains and disrupting law and order. They make bombs using sulphur from a match factory in Madras. A C.I.D. officer who is deputed to investigate these cases at Madras, finds several clues, reaches the factory and gets killed there. To investigate the case and to find who killed him, another CID officer Shankar is deputed by the DIG of Bombay. Shankar reaches Madras and from the time of landing, is followed by his enemies. Kumar at the Madras office assists him in the investigations.

Shankar faces several challenges and dangers and several attempts are made to kill him. He falls in love with Tara, sister of Sargunam, a doctor. Shankar's Madras office head unearths crucial information on the sulphur allotted for a match factory getting diverted to another place for making the explosives and firearms. But before he is able to report the complete information, he is murdered. Shankar's personal assistants Susi and Rajini are part of the gang and are instrumental in passing information about the investigations to the gang. They separately try to seduce Shankar, but fail.

Sargunam advises Tara to send Shankar out of Madras so that his life is not in danger. She drugs him to take him out of the city, then realises brother's intention is not to save Shankar, but to make him confess details of his investigations. However, Shankar, who was pretending to be drugged, wakes up and beats the people who try to get his confession; instead he makes them confess about their illegal activities. He learns that the gang leader Black Cat employs anti-socials and ex-convicts to make explosives and firearms, which he sells at phenomenal profit to anti-national and terrorist organisations.

With the help of Tara, Kumar and Kumar's girlfriend Ammukutty, Shankar reaches the match factory and follows the lorry which takes the sulphur to the factory where the bombs are made. He also finds Black Cat, revealed to be Sargunam. In the ensuing fight, Sargunam is killed and his factory torched, but Shankar, Tara, Kumar and Ammukutty escape unharmed.


Male cast
Female cast


Music was composed by Vedha and lyrics were written by Kannadasan.[4][5] The song "Palinginal Oru Maligai" is based on Artie Shaw's version of "Frenesi".[6][7][8]

1."Ammamma Kannathil"L. R. Eswari2:52
2."Palinginal Oru Maligai"L. R. Eswari3:28
3."Thottu Thottu Padava"T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela3:45
4."Innum Parthukondirunthal"T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela3:58
5."Muthu Ponnu Vamma"T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela4:05
Total length:18:08


Ananda Vikatan said, "The film gives a feeling of watching a Hollywood film... One should watch this film for a good time pass".[9] Kalki praised the performances of Jaishankar and Manohar, but criticised that of Vijayalakshmi. The critic also appreciated the comedy of Srinivasan and Pushpamala, the audiography, cinematography and outdoor photography.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dhananjayan 2011, p. 236.
  2. ^ a b c d "வல்லவன் ஒருவன்". Kalki (in Tamil). 27 November 1966. p. 36. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Vallavan Oruvan". The Indian Express. 11 November 1966. p. 14. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Vallavan Oruvan ,Vallavanukku Vallavan Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Veda". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 8 July 2022. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Vallavan Oruvan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 22 August 2022. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  6. ^ Karthik (31 March 2019). "Milliblog Weeklies – MAR31.2019". Milliblog. Archived from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  7. ^ Ramnarine 2017, p. 202.
  8. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (30 September 2016). "Inspired stuff". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  9. ^ Dhananjayan 2011, p. 237.


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