Apoorva Sagodharargal (1949 film)

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This article is about the 1949 film. For the 1989 film, see Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989 film).
Apoorva Sagodharargal
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Directed by Acharya
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Written by Kothamangalam Subbu
Starring M. K. Radha
P. Bhanumathi
Stunt Somu
R. Nagendra Rao
Music by S. Rajeswara Rao
Distributed by Gemini Studios
Release date(s) 21 October 1949
Language Tamil

Apoorva Sagodharargal (Tamil: அபூர்வ சகோதரர்கள்) is a Tamil film that released on 21 October 1949 starring M. K. Radha and P. Bhanumathi, directed by Acharya. It is simultaneously produced in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages by Gemini Studios. The film was made in Telugu as Apoorva Sahodarulu, directed by C. Pullaiah and Hindi as Nishaan, directed by S. S. Vasan.


The Corsican Brothers was made into a silent movie in 1920, and adapted for radio by Eric Scott. In 1941, Gregory Ratoff re made the movie. Douglas Fairbanks Jr played the dual role of the conjoined twins Lucien and Mario Franchi who are surgically separated and then brought up away from each other, one in Paris and the other in Corsica. Distance and time do not diminish their uncanny abilities to feel each other’s emotions. They unite to avenge the death of their parents.

The movie was a grand success. S. S. Vasan had seen it when it ran to houseful shows in Madras and attempt a Tamil remake. Vasan had Kothamangalam Subbu, Ki.Ra., Sangu Subramaniam and Acharya to watch the English original and rework the story with a conceivable native backdrop.


Mahendra Bhoopathi and Marthandan are rival kings. When Bhoopathi’s wife gives birth to conjoined twins, Dr. Nanjappa separates them skillfully. In a surprise attack, Marthandan and his men set fire to Bhoopathi’s fort thinking that the entire Bhoopathi clan perishes. But the good doctor has taken the babies to the safety of his house. And thereafter the elder twin Vijayan grows up in the city, while the younger twin Vikraman is brought up in the forest by the loyal Marudhu. When they are 25 years old, the doctor sends for them and introduces them to each other and makes them aware of their history. The twins swear to avenge the dastardly killing of their father, and restore the glory of their kingdom. Meanwhile Vijayan saves the beautiful Kanchana from the aging yet lust-filled Marthandan and his men. Vijayan and Kanchana fall in love in due course. Problems crop up between the brothers in the forest, as Vikraman too falls for Kanchana. And being the younger of the conjoined twins, Vikraman aches with frustrating feelings of physical desire whenever Vijayan and Kanchana are together. Not wanting to be the cause for the brothers turning against each other and in order to enable them to reach their avowed objective without further distraction, Kanchana leaves Vijayan in the forest, only to fall straight into the clutches of Marthandan. The rescue of Kanchana, and Marthandan getting his retribution form rest of the exciting tale.


Actor Role
M. K. Radha Vijayan & Vikraman
P. Bhanumathi Kanchana
Stunt Somu Marudhu
R. Nagendra Rao Marthandan
L. Narayana Rao
G. Patttu Iyer


  • Producer: S. S. Vasan
  • Production Company:Gemini Studios
  • Director: Acharya
  • Music: S. Rajeswara Rao, M. D. Parthasarathi & R.Vaithyanathan.
  • Lyrics: Kothamangalam Subbu, Sangu Subramanian & V. Seetharaman
  • Screenplay: Acharya
  • Dialogues: Kothamangalam Subbu
  • Art Direction: M .S Janakiram
  • Editing: V. B. Natarajan
  • Choreography: Chopra, Jaishankar & Nataraj
  • Cinematography: Kamal Ghosh and Ellappa
  • Stunt: Stunt Somu & Shyamsundar
  • Dance:


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