Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi

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Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi
Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi poster.jpg
மருதநாட்டு இளவரசி
Directed by A. Kasilingam
Produced by G. Govindan
Written by M. Karunanidhi
Screenplay by A. Kasilingam
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
V. N. Janaki
P. S. Veerappa
M. G. Chakrapani
Music by M. S. Gnanamani
Cinematography G. Dorai
Edited by A. Kasilingam
G. Govindan & Company
Distributed by G. Govindan & Company
Release date
2 April 1950
Running time
136 minuts
Country India
Language Tamil

Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi (lit. Princess of the Marudha Kingdom) is a Tamil language film starring M. G. Ramachandran and V. N. Janaki in the lead roles and story and dialogues by M. Karunanidhi. The film was released in 1950.[1]


Maruthanaatu Ilavarasi is a well-woven story about a king (Veerappa) with two wives (one played by Saraswathi and the other does not appear in the movie!) and an evil-minded Minister (Chakrapani) whose sister is the younger queen. The two become pregnant and the evil genius persuades the king to believe that the senior queen had poisoned the junior queen out of sheer jealousy which the king tends to believe, but does not take any action. The frustrated Minister tries to eliminate the pregnant queen but she is saved by a courtier whom the Minister kills. The pregnant queen escapes many trials and gives birth to a son (MGR). He grows up and meets a young woman (Janaki) and her friend (Nagaratnam) and falls in love unaware that she is a princess. Their love grows and when he comes to know that she is a princess, he begins to distance himself from her. After many trials, the two come together and live happily.

The love sequences featuring MGR and Janaki were well-conceived and shot. These included bathing in a pond and the hero teaching her how to fence. Both look impressive.


Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran Kandeeban
V. N. Janaki Princess Rani
P. S. Veerappa King
M. G. Chakrapani Minister Dhurjeyan
Pulimoottai Ramaswami
C. K. Nagaratnam
C. K. Saraswathi Queen Chithra
Kottapuli Jayaraman
N. S. Narayana Pillai
M. S. Thirupathisami
Vishnu Ramaswami
Battling Mani
C. S. D. Singh
T. M. Ramasami Pillai
K. Meenakshi


  • Producer: G. Govindan
  • Production Company: Navajyothi Studios
  • Director: A. Kasilingam
  • Music: M. S. Gnanamani
  • Lyrics: C. A. Lakshmana Das & K. P. Kamatchi Sundaram
  • Story: M. Karunanidhi
  • Screenplay: A. Kasilingam
  • Dialogues: M. Karunanidhi
  • Art Direction: O. R. Ekambaraiah
  • Editing: A. Kasilingam
  • Choreography: Kamini Kumar Sinha
  • Cinematography: G. Dorai
  • Stunt: None
  • Dance: Lalitha & Padmini
  • Dance Master: Krishna Moorthi


The music composed by M. S. Gnanamani, while lyrics written by C. A. Lakshmana Das & K. P. Kamatchi Sundaram.[2] The singers were M. M. Mariappa, K. V. Janaki and P. Leela.

1. Endruindha Nilai
2. Indha Inbame Thandha Paingili
3. Kallam Illa Ullam
4. Malarathiye Malarum
5. Nadhiye
6. Rajabayavum Pochudhe
7. Thaaye Dayadhari
8. Veerathaayai Pannivom
9. Virindhvaarayo


Maruthanaattu Ilavarasi fared well at the box office and established MGR and Janaki as a star pair sure to go places. This is the first film for MGR as solo hero. Janaki found her place in the sun, playing the female lead in the historic milestone movie, Velaikari, Devaki and others.

Remembered for the interesting storyline and impressive performances of the lead pair, MGR and Janaki.[3]


  1. ^ "One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century: M.G.Ramachandran - MGR". Retrieved 30 November 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi Songs". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi". hindu. Retrieved 9 June 2014.

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