Viduthalai (1954 film)

Viduthalai (transl. Freedom) is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language crime drama film directed and produced by K. Ramnoth. It was adapted from the play The First and the Last by John Galsworthy. The film stars V. Nagaiah and Manohar. It was released on 12 February 1954 and failed at the box office.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Ramnoth
Screenplay byVelavan (dialogues)
Based onThe First and the Last
by John Galsworthy
Produced byK. Ramnoth
StarringV. Nagaiah
CinematographyBabulnath Walke
Edited byPaul G. Yadav
Music byLakshman Raghunath
New Era Productions
Distributed bySubbu & Co.
Release date
  • 12 February 1954 (1954-02-12)
Running time
170 minutes[1]


Periaswamy, a crooked lawyer, tries to get his brother Chellaiah off a murder charge by framing Murugan, a horse carriage driver. Overcome with guilt, Chellaiah donates the money he wins in a lottery to Murugan and confesses to his crime in a letter before committing suicide. Periaswamy burns the letter, believing it will affect his chances of being promoted to judge, but the police arrest him, thinking he committed double murder.[1][2]



Viduthalai was adapted from the play The First and the Last by John Galsworthy,[2] and was the inaugural production of New Era Productions.[3] Cinematography was handled by Babulnath Walke, and the editing by Paul G. Yadav. K. Ramnoth directed the film, which was produced by G. Ramakrishnan.[1][4]


The music was composed by Lakshman Raghunath, and the lyrics were written by Subbu Arumugam, Velavan and Angamangalam Kuppu.[5]

No Song Singer Lyrics Length
1 Anbodu Inbamagaa P. B. Srinivas Subbu Arumugam 02:58
2 Inithaana Thendral Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi 03:58
3 Iraivaa Iraiva V. Nagaiah
4 Abalai Naan Thayanithiye N. Lalitha Velavan
5 Paathai Veguthooram Bayanthidalamo Aayaloor Krishnan, Sathiyavathi
6 Boologame Pugazhum T. V. Rathnam Angamangalam Kuppu

Release and receptionEdit

Viduthalai was released on 12 February 1954,[4] and was distributed by Subbu & Co.[3] The film failed commercially,[6] jeopardising Ramnoth in the process.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Guy, Randor (9 October 2010). "Viduthalai 1954". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 April 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "Viduthalai". The Indian Express. 12 February 1954. p. 3.
  4. ^ a b Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  5. ^ Neelamegam, G. (December 2014). Thiraikalanjiyam – Part 1 (in Tamil) (1st ed.). Chennai: Manivasagar Publishers. p. 82.
  6. ^ Guy, Randor (31 May 2014). "Kathanayaki (1955)". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  7. ^ Baskaran, S. Theodore (1996). The Eye of the Serpent: An introduction to Tamil cinema. East West Books. p. 197. OCLC 243920437.

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