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Vanagamudi (lit. The Independent) is a Tamil film starring Sivaji Ganesan and Savithri in the lead role. The film directed by P. Pullaiah, had musical score by G. Ramanathan and was released on 12 April 1957.[1] The film was super hit at the box office.

Directed byP. Pullaiah
Produced byM. Somasundaram
Screenplay byP. Pullaiah
Story byA. K. Velan
StarringSivaji Ganesan
M. K. Radha
Chittor V. Nagaiah
P. Kannamba
M. N. Nambiar
K. A. Thangavelu
M. Saroja
Music byG. Ramanathan
CinematographyP. Ramasamy
Edited byK. Govindasamy
Saravanabhava & Unity Pictures
Distributed bySaravanabhava & Unity Pictures
Release date
  • 12 April 1957 (1957-04-12)
Running time
170 minutes



The film revolves around a king (M. K. Radha) and a talented sculptor (Sivaji Ganesan). Chitrashilpi, the sculptor, could make stones sing and dance with his artistic touch. Son of the king's bodyguard (Nagaiah), whose kind-hearted wife is played by Kannamba, he meets the princess (Savitri) in a forest and falls in love with her. However, each is not aware of the other's identity.

Enter the villain (Nambiar), who has an eye on the throne and the princess. He has a mistress — a court dancer with a heart of gold (Rajasulochana). He employees all the tricks in his bag to get his desire fulfilled. He throws the sculptor in prison and introduces a princess-look-alike, a tribal girl (Savitri, again) and pulls the wool over the eyes of the king, who marries the fake princess!

After many events, somewhat predictable, the hero exposes the villain and happiness is restored in the royal family.




The film had melodious music composed by G. Ramanathan,[2][3] with lyrics by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass.

The song "Ennai Pol Penn" is set in Todi raga.[4] The song "Vaa Vaa Valarmathiye" is set in Suddhadhanyasi raga.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Rajayogame" P. Suseela Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 02:51
2 "Malaiye Un Nilaiye" Seerkazhi Govindarajan 03:00
3 "Paattum Baradhamum" T. M. Soundararajan 02:48
4 "Ennai Pol Pennallavo" P. Suseela 03:06
5 "Siramathil Thigazhvadhu.... Vaa Vaa Vaa Valarmadhiye Vaa" M. L. Vasanthakumari 04:23
6 "Kattazhagu Mama" P. Leela 04:06
7 "Mogana Punnagai" T. M. Soundararajan & P. Suseela 03:20
8 "Aatchiyin" Seerkazhi Govindarajan 03:14
9 "Kuthu Kummangu Koyyaa" Jikki 03:18
10 "Vaazhvinile Vaazhvinile" A. M. Rajah & P. Suseela 03:04
11 "Eeraindhu Maadhame" T. M. Soundararajan 02:03
12 S. C. Krishnan & T. V. Rathinam


The film was released on 12 April 1957.[6] During the time of its release, Mohan Arts handcrafted an 80 feet (24 m) cutout which was kept at the Chennai-based Chitra theatre. According to Mohan Arts founder K. Mohan's son Harinath, it was the tallest standee made in the whole of Asia at that time.[7]

The Indian Express positively reviewed the film, particularly Ganesan's performance.[8] Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote "Remembered for the excellent performances by Sivaji Ganesan, Savithri and Nambiar and the melodious music.".[4]


  1. ^ "Vanagamudi". nadigarthilagam. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Vanagamudi Songs". inbaminge. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Vanagamudi Songs". raaga. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Guy, Randor (6 August 2011). "Vanangamudi 1957". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ Mani, Charulatha (9 December 2011). "A Raga's Journey — Soulful Suddhadhanyasi". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Vanangamudi". The Indian Express. 12 April 1957. p. 3.
  7. ^ Menon, Nitya (10 September 2014). "Chennai, once a city of hoardings". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Vanangamudi". The Indian Express. 19 April 1957. p. 3.

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