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Thiramala (1953)



Thiramala is a 1953 Indian Tamil-language film It was written by Kalki Krishnamurthy and had music composed by V. Dakshinamoorthy. The film stars Prem Nazir, Miss Kumari, and Sathyan in the lead Thiramala roles, with S. A. Ashokan playing an important supporting role.[6] The movie was released in 1953 but did not do well at the box office as some other films were released around the same time which were not successful in audience acceptance (like Mee Ramaya).

Produced by Chitranjali Studios.

The film was produced by Chitranjali Studios, and it starred Prem Nazir, Miss Kumari, and Sathyan in the lead roles.

The story revolves around a young man Thiramala who discovers that his parents are not his own but actually belong to an estranged couple who want him to marry their daughter Premodha.[4] He refuses to do so but eventually falls in love with her.

The film was directed by Mavdeen with music scored by V. Dakshinamoorthy and lyrics by K. Kuberan.

The film was directed by Mavdeen, with music scored by V. Dakshinamoorthy and lyrics by K. Kuberan.

The film features Jeevarathnam, Nagesh, Anandha, Sowcar Janaki, Muthuraman, and T R Balu as the main lead roles. It was released Thiramala on 1 November 1953 in Tamil Nadu.


Prem Nazir, who played the role of a goon, was a very popular actor at that time. Kumari Debi was a big star who had been doing Thiramala films for over 20 years by then. Sathyan also acted in this movie as well, which made it even more interesting!


You can find a plethora of film references in this movie:

  • In the scene where the camera pans out, we see the faces of all the actors who have played roles on this set before. This includes Sivaji Ganesan, who played Thiramala‘s husband in Muthal Pandian, and Gemini Ganesan (the son of Sivaji Ganesan), who had played a minor role in that film as well.
  • A shot where a character lifts up his shirt to reveal he’s wearing a shirt with an English translation printed across it—“It is said that when you are born again, you will find yourself back home.” This quote comes from The Bhagavad Gita (a sacred Hindu text often attributed as being part of Hinduism).
  • There are also some music references made throughout! For example: “Manasu Malai” by ‘Nattai’ was used during scenes where Thiramala was talking about her past life while living with her husband; while these lyrics were written by ‘Mani’, they were performed by Seerkazhi Govindarajan himself at some point after he finished filming on these sets which included locations like Madras Film City or Studio Green Park which were used for shooting sequences taken place outside India due to its proximity with other countries such as Canada where lots more shooting took place since there weren’t any restrictions placed upon production companies due  to government regulations surrounding filming overseas.”


Thiramala is the most essential film in Malayalam cinema. It is a movie for all ages and is considered one of the best movies in history.

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