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Directed by M. Krishnan Nair
Produced by R. M. Veerappan
Written by R. K. Shanmugam (dialogues)
Screenplay by R. M. Veerappan
Story by R. M. Veerappan
S. Jagadeesan
Radha Veerannan
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography V. Ramamoorthy
Edited by C. P. Jambulingam
Distributed by Sathya Movies
Release dates
  • 29 May 1971 (1971-05-29)
Country India
Language Tamiil

Rickshawkaran (English: Rickshaw Driver) is a 1971 Tamil-language film starring M. G. Ramachandran.


The movie begins with Selvam (MGR) contesting in a rickshaw race along with fellow rickshaw drivers. Meanwhile elsewhere Manikkum, a man with his child, Soussi is being chased by a thug.

The man is killed and he is burnt.

Selvam finds the kid and goes in search of justice but is failed by the judicial system by a corrupt lawyer (Major Sundarrajan).




In 1968, the Puja was held with the heroine for the film not being finalised at that time and Pandari Bai playing the role of M. G. Ramachandran's sister, Parvathi. After the completion of the first schedule of the principal photography, the film's shooting was delayed due to conflict of views on the selection of the heroine. In 1969, Kasilingam and Pandari Bai were replaced with M. Krishnan Nair and Padmini respectively. Regarding the female lead, Ramachandran wanted Jayalalithaa for the role while R. M. Veerappan, the film's producer, wanted to include a newcomer to break the proximity between Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. The result went in Veerappan's favour and Manjula Vijayakumar was cast as Uma.[2]


The music composed by M. S. Viswanathan.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Kadloram Vaangiya" T. M. Soundararajan Vaali
2 "Ange Sirippavarkal" T. M. Soundararajan Vaali
3 "Kollimalai Kaatukkule" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela Vaali
4 "Ponnazhagu Penmai" P. Susheela, L. R. Eswari Avinasi Mani
5 "Kadalooram Vaangiya" T. M. Soundararajan Vaali


  1. ^ "About MGR – Dr. M. G. Ramachandran". mgrhome.org. MGR Memorial Charitable Trust. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 221.
  3. ^ "Rickshawkaran Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 


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