Deiva Magan

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Not to be confused with Devar Magan.
Deiva Magan
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Directed by A. C. Tirulokchandar
Produced by Periyanna
Written by Aarur Das (dialogues)
Screenplay by A. C. Tirulokchandar
Story by Dr. Nihar Gupta
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography Thambu
Edited by B. Kandasamy
Distributed by Shanthi Films
Release dates
  • September 5, 1969 (1969-09-05)
Country India
Language Tamil

Deiva Magan (English: Divine Son) is a 1969 Tamil language film starring Sivaji Ganesan in a triple role. Sivaji Ganesan enacted three roles for the second time in his career after Bale Pandiya.[2] He acted as a father and two sons.[3] The film has Pandari Bai and Jayalalitha as the female lead. The film was the first ever Tamil film to be submitted by India in contest for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4][5][6] The film had a song "Deivamae Deivamae" sung by T. M. Soundararajan which became very popular.[7] Sivaji's performance in this film was well acclaimed.[8][9] The film was adapted from Bengali play Ulka by Dr. Nihar Ranjan Gupta.[1]


Sivaji Ganesan portrays three roles: an insecure father, a timid son and an angst-ridden twin brother.[10] Sivaji Ganesan, a lawyer with a scarred face, gets married to Pandari Bai. The couple lead a happy life and Pandari Bai gives birth to twin brothers, a son with a scarred face (Also Ganesan) like his father and a brother (Also Ganesan). Their father unable to tolerate his eldest son's face leaves him under the custody of another person and tells his wife that the first child is dead. As years pass by, the father becomes a justice and his younger son, a happy-go-lucky college-going timid son, falls in love with Jayalalithaa. In the meanwhile, the elder son comes to know about his family and tries to meet his mother and brother but he is asked by his father not to reveal his identity to them. M. N. Nambiar, a man once punished by the father, kidnaps the younger son in order to take revenge on him. In the end, the elder son rescues his brother, killing M. N. Nambiar. He succumbs to his injuries and dies on the lap of his mother (Pandari Bai). This film was the first Tamil film recommended for an Oscar.



Deiva Magan was adapted from Bengali play Ulka by Nihar Ranjan Gupta. G. V. Iyer earlier adapted the play into a film called Thayin Karunai (1965) with Muthuraman which failed at the box office, "Deivamagan" was the second adaptation of the play.[1] Sivaji who was impressed with the plot decided to make the film and made his friend Periyanna to produce the film.[4] The film was initially titled as "Uyiroviyam" before finalising "Deivamagan".[4]

The film involved the characters of father and his two sons which would be tough to be acted by the same person so the director wanted two young actors to play the characters of two sons. However Sivaji accepted the challenge and acted in the role of both sons, bringing a difference in body language and mannerisms to each role.[4]


The film was dubbed in Telugu as Koteeswaralu. The film was remade in Hindi as Bairaag (1976) with Dilip Kumar.[4]

Deiva Thirumagal, a 2011 Tamil film starring Vikram which was earlier titled as Deiva Magan[11] was thought to be the remake of this film, however the director denied it by saying the story of both these films are no way connected with each other and eventually the new film's title was changed as Deiva Thirumagal.[9]


Deiva Magan
Soundtrack album by M. S. Viswanathan
Released 1969 (1969)
Language Tamil

All lyrics written by Kannadasan, all music composed by M. S. Viswanathan.

No. Title Singers Length
1. "Deivame Deivame Nandri Solven"   T. M. Soundararajan  
2. "Kadal Malar Kootam"   T. M. Soundararajan  
3. "Anbulla Nanbare"   T. M. Soundararajan  
4. "Kaathalikka Katrukollungal"   T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela  
5. "Kangal Pesuthamma"   P. Susheela  
6. "Kettadhum Koduppavane Krishna"   T.M. Soundararajan 3.56


Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan said in its review, "A film with multiple roles of same actor without any confusion which itself a milestone, Makers have tried to built a hall with just one pillar and that was Sivaji Ganesan!.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Dhananjayan 2014, p. 212.
  2. ^ "A doyen among actors". Chennai, India: 1928-10-01. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Incredible charisma on screen". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2002-07-19. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dhananjayan 2014, p. 213.
  5. ^ R.L, Hardgrave (1979). Essays in the political sociology of South India. Usha. p. 120. 
  6. ^ "India’s Oscar drill". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Entertainment / Interview : Encomiums to an evergreen talent". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2004-12-24. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Romancing the Romance - I - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Vikram to play Krishna!". The Times of India. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Incredible charisma on screen". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2002-07-19. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  11. ^ "Voila! And ‘Deiva Thiru Magan’ it is - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

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