Thilakam (1960 film)

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Thilakam 1960 tamil film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Krishnan–Panju
Produced by M. Saravanan
Based on Thilakam
by K. M. Narayanswami
Starring Prem Nazir
M. N. Rajam
Sriranjani Jr.
R. Rajakumari
D. Balasubramaniam
Tambaram Lalitha
and others
Music by R. Sudarsanam
Cinematography S. Maruthi Rao
Edited by Panjabi
Release date
  • 10 November 1960 (1960-11-10) (India)
Country India
Language Tamil

Thilakam is a Tamil language drama film released in 1960 with Prem Nazir and M. N. Rajam in the lead roles. It was directed by Krishnan–Panju, and produced by AVM Productions.[1]


Saraswathi is a woman separated from her husband. She and her daughter Thilakam take refuge in her sister's family in Tiruchi. Saraswathi wants her daughter Thilakam to be married to her brother Sekhar. But her uncle Sambasivam wants to marry Thilakam to a rich but old man in Bombay. Sambasivam's son Gunasekharan is against this plan and wants Thilakam to be married to Sekhar. Whether he succeeds in this, forms the plot of the story.[2]

Cast and Crew

The details are adapted from The Hindu review article.[2]


Prem Nazir
M. N. Rajam
Sriranjani Jr.
R. Rajakumari
D. Balasubramaniam
Tambaram Lalitha
‘Kuladeivam’ V. R. Rajagopal
S. Rama Rao
C. S. Pandian
S. L. Narayanan
‘Appa’ K. Duraiswami
‘Thilakam’ K. M. Narayanasami
Ramamani Bai


Producer: M. Saravanan
Director: Krishnan–Panju
Cinematography: S. Maruthi Rao
Editing: Panjabi
Audiography: Mukul Bose and S. P. Ramanathan
Choreography: K. N. Dandayudhapani Pillai
Studio: AVM


Thilakam was a popular stage play written by K. M. Narayanasami. A. V. Meiyappan, the founder and then-owner of AVM Productions, bought the film rights to the play and produced the film. His son Saravanan started his film production career with this film working as a "production executive".[2]


Music was composed by R. Sudharsanam and the lyrics were penned by Kothamangalam Subbu, M. K. Athmanathan, A. Maruthakasi, Kavi S. Rajagopal and V. Seetharaman. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Seergazhi Govindarajan, S. C. Krishnan, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. Suseela, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, T. S. Bagavathi and L. R. Eswari.

The song "B-o-y Boy, Boyinna Paiyan, G - i - r - l girl, girl-nna ponnu" (based on the song "Cat Maane Billi" from the Hindi film Dilli Ka Thug) sung by S. C. Krishnan and Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi was a hit.[2]

Partial List of Songs

No Song Singer/s Lyricist Duration
1 B-o-y Boy, Boyinna Paiyan S. C. Krishnan & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi 03:52
2 Manasukkulle Maraichu Vaikka Mudiyale Seergazhi Govindarajan & M. L. Vasanthakumari M. K. Athmanathan 03:43
3 Aadi Varum Poonkodi Azhginile P. Suseela A. Maruthakasi 03:47
4 Ezhaikkum Vaazhvukkum Vegudhooramaa Seerkazhi Govindarajan, M. L. Vasanthakumari
T. S. Bagavathi
Kavi Rajagopal 04:38
5 Kaaveri Karadhanile Kaaval Iruppavale T. M. Soundararajan Kothamangalam Subbu 01:25
6 Aayi Mahamaayi Perai Cholli S. C. Krishnan, L. R. Eswari & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kothamangalam Subbu 01:02
7 Karagam Karagam Karagam S. C. Krishnan & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kothamangalam Subbu 01:34
8 Maari Mutthu Maari T. M. Soundararajan & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kothamangalam Subbu 01:17
9 Inneram Ennai Seidhe S. C. Krishnan & L. R. Eswari Kothamangalam Subbu 01:38
10 Bayaaskoppu Paatthiyaa Dappaskoppu Paatthiyaa T. M. Soundararajan & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kothamangalam Subbu 01:46
11 Thanjavoor Karagamadi Oh Mariammaa S. C. Krishnan, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi,
L. R. Eswari & T. M. Soundararajan
Kothamangalam Subbu 01:22
12 Kaathirundha Kannukku Oli Vandhadhu M. L. Vasanthakumari Kavi S. Rajagopal 04:22
13 Sandhegam Enum Oru Sarakku S. C. Krishnan & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi 03:26


Thilakam was a commercial failure, but film historian Randor Guy said it would be remembered for "Krishnan-Panju’s direction and the melodious songs".[2]


  1. ^ a b "AVM Movies". Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Guy, Randor (1 November 2014). "Thilakam 1959". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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