Yaar Paiyyan

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Yaar Paiyyan (transl. Whose Son?) is a 1957 Tamil-language Indian comedy film directed by T. R. Raghunath. A remake of the Bengali film Chheley Kaar (1954), it stars Gemini Ganesan, K. Savitri, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Mathuram and Daisy Irani. The film revolves around the efforts of a destitute boy to find his parents. Yaar Paiyyan was released on 26 July 1957, and emerged a success. The film was remade in Malayalam as Bhagyamudra (1968).[1]

Yaar Paiyyan
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Theatrical poster
Directed byT. R. Raghunath
Produced byN. S. Thiraviam
T. A. Dorairajan
Screenplay byC. V. Sridhar
Based onChheley Kaar
by Sriyuktha Jyothirmaye Roy
StarringGemini Ganesan
K. Savitri
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
Daisy Irani
Music bySusarla Dakshinamurthi
CinematographyA. Vincent
Edited byS. A. Murugesh
Vijaya Films
Release date
  • 26 July 1957 (1957-07-26)


Poori, a young boy, does not know who his parents are, and has been looking relentlessly for them. While sitting in a park bench, Poori asks the man seated beside him his name. When the man introduces himself as Sundararajan, Poori declares that he is his father. This affects Sundararajan's life, even derailing his plans of marrying Latha, his lover. The president of a mental hospital with a mentally-imbalanced daughter creates more trouble for Sundararajan. Ultimately, the truth about Poori's parentage is revealed: he is the illegitimate son of Kumar, a soldier, and the abandoned mother committed suicide, leaving Poori destitute. Attracted to Poori, Sundararajan and Latha decide to adopt him as their own son.



Yaar Paiyyan, a remake of the Bengali film Chheley Kaar (1954) written by Sriyuktha Jyothirmaye Roy, was directed by T. R. Raghunath and produced by N. S. Thiraviam and T. A. Dorairajan under Vijaya Films.[3] The screenplay was written by C. V. Sridhar, cinematography was handled by A. Vincent, editing by S. A. Murugesh,[4] and art direction was handled by Ganga.[2] The final length of the film was 15,600 feet (4,800 m).[3]


The music was composed by S. Dakshinamurthi and the lyrics were written by A. Maruthakasi.[5] Dakshinamurthi composed all songs except "Thandhai Yaaro", which was composed by T. Chalapathi Rao.[6] Playback singers are A. M. Rajah, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, Ghantasala, S. C. Krishnan, Jikki, P. Susheela, R. Balasaraswathi Devi, T. V. Rathnam, G. Kasthoori, C. Gomathi, Thangappan and Ponnammal.[5]

No. Song Singers Length
1 "Vaasamigum Malar Cholaiyile" A. M. Rajah, Jikki
2 "Thandhai Yaaro Thaayum Yaaro" P. Susheela
3 "Palapalapala Jilujilujilu" S. C. Krishnan, C. Gomathi, Thangappan, Guruvayur Ponnammal
4 "Kannaamoochi Aattam" R. Balasaraswathi Devi
5 "Kanirasame En Kanirasame Adhirasame" Sirkazhi Govindarajan, Jikki
6 "Amma Ponne Ramakka, Un Athaan Varaan Paatthuko" Baby Kasthoori
7 "Suyanalam Peridhaa Podhunalam Peridhaa" Ghantasala
8 "Etthanaiyo Irukkudhu Ingge" T. V. Rathnam

Release and receptionEdit

Yaar Paiyyan was released on 26 July 1957,[3] and emerged a success.[2] Sekar and Sundar jointly reviewed the film for Ananda Vikatan, praising Irani's performance.[7]


  1. ^ Menon, Ajay (3 December 2010). "Old is Gold: Tamil Movies made in Malayalam". Old is Gold. Archived from the original on 8 February 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Guy, Randor (24 November 2012). "Yaar Paiyyan 1955". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ Yaar Paiyyan [Whose Son?] (motion picture) (in Tamil). Vijaya Films. 1957. Opening credits, from 0:00 to 3:33.
  5. ^ a b Neelamegam, Govindasamy (2014). Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 1 (in Tamil) (1st ed.). Chennai: Manivasagar Publishers. p. 134.
  6. ^ "Thanthai Yaaro | தந்தை யாரோ". Gaana.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  7. ^ சேகர்; சந்தர் (4 August 1957). "யார் பையன்?". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 24 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.

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