Baghdad Thirudan

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Baghdad Thirudan
பாக்தாத் திருடன்
Baghdad Thirudan.jpg
Directed by T. P. Sundaram
Produced by T. P. Sundaram
Harilal Patoviya
Written by A. S. Muthu
Story by A. S. Muthu
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
M. N. Nambiar
T. S. Balaiah
T. R. Ramachandran
M. N. Rajam
Music by G. Govindarajulu Naidu
Cinematography M. Krishnaswamy
Edited by G. D. Joshi
Southern Movies
Distributed by Southern Movies
Release date
  • 6 May 1960 (1960-05-06)
Running time
170 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Baghdad Thirudan (Tamil: பாக்தாத் திருடன்; English: The Thief of Bagdad) is a 1960 Black-and-white swashbuckler Tamil film produced and directed by T. P. Sundaram. The film starred M. G. Ramachandran and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with M. N. Nambiar, T. S. Balaiah, T. R. Ramachandran, S. A. Ashokan, M. N. Rajam, A. Sandhya and S. N. Lakshmi forms an ensemble cast.[2] The film was a remake of 1924 silent film The Thief of Bagdad and was inspired by 1951 Tony Curtis-starrer, The Prince Who Was A Thief.[3]


Following the betrayal of the Prime Minister, the Maharaja and the Maharani of the kingdom are murdered and their son, MGR, is hidden in a herd of cows. MGR is found by robbers hidden in the forest and eventually grows up to become their leader. The two impostors who sit on the throne have a daughter and a child servant who poses as the son who survived the death of the former royal couple. MGR, a sort of Robin Hood, robs the rich to give to the poor and strives to reconquer his kingdom.



  • Producer: T. P. Sundaram & Harilal Batavia
  • Production Company: Southern Movies
  • Director: T. P. Sundaram
  • Music: G. Govindarajulu Naidu
  • Lyrics: A. Maruthakasi
  • Story: A. S. Muthu
  • Dialogues: A. S. Muthu
  • Art Direction: Raju
  • Editing: G. D. Joshi
  • Choreography: R. Krishnaraj, B. Sohanlal, Jayashankar & V. S. Muthusami Pillai
  • Cinematography: M. Krishnaswamy
  • Stunt: R. N. Nambiar
  • Audiography: C. P. Kanniyappan
  • Songs Recording: T. S. Rangasamy & C. P. Kanniyappan
  • Dialogues Recording: M. S. Nageswaran
  • Dance: Gopi Krishna, Helen, Padmini, Lalitha & Ragini


Baghdad Thirudan was financed by Naidu, the former owner of Golden Studios. A single set in the film cost 30,000 (US$460), and MGR always wanted new sets. By this type of over-expenditure, it was believed that the film would ultimately cost 500,000 (US$7,700). MGR demanded that an additional 200,000 (US$3,100) be spent to complete the film, much to Naidu's horror.[5]

Baghdad Thirudan was also the first film that featured MGR opposite Vyjayanthimala. MGR briefly served as the film's editor. During the filming of Baghdad Thirudan, MGR said, "I was at the editing table, and it was so easy to join the cuts, because the movements just flowed into each other".[6] Actress S. N. Lakshmi, who played an important role in the film, had to fight a leopard in one scene without the use of a "dupe",[7] though she later remarked that she feared cats.[8]


The music composed by G. Govindarajulu Naidu.[9]All lyrics by A. Maruthakasi. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Pendyala Nageswara Rao, Jikki, P. Suseela, & K. Jamuna Rani.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Azhagu Laila Jikki A. Maruthakasi 02:28
2 Enthan Kathai Idhana P. Suseela 02:51
3 Indha Jagame En Kaiyile K. Jamuna Rani 05:24
4 Kanneeril Vellam P.Susheela 03:16
5 Oru Kul Kul Paarvaiyile Jikki 02:12
6 Pothukulunguthey P. Suseela 03:30
7 Siricha Pothum P. Suseela 02:44
8 Sokkudhe Manam P. Susheela 03:33
9 Unmai Anbil T. M. Soundararajan & P. Suseela 02:18
10 Vinnil Yedho Vedhanai Pendyala Nageswara Rao 03:27
11 Yaarukku Dimikki T. M. Soundararajan 02:34



Kalyanamalai Magazine labelled Baghdad Thirudan as one of Vyjayanthimala's "memorable films."[10]

Box office[edit]

The film ran for over 125 days in theatres, officially declared a blockbuster hit and highest grossing film of the year.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Baghdad Thirudan". mgrblog. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  2. ^ Karan Bali. "Vyjayanthimala". Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  3. ^ Randor Guy (2011-02-17). "Superstar of the silent era". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  4. ^ Anusha Parthasarathy (02-03-2011). "'Plays were crowd pullers'". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-10-12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Kannadasan’s Minor Book(let) on MGR: Random Notes
  6. ^ "Screen, stage and beyond". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2007-01-15. 
  7. ^ Raman, Mohan V (2012-02-20). "An actor par excellence". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  8. ^ "Courage goaded her on …". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2010-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Baghdad Thirudan Songs". friendstamilmp3. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  10. ^ Kalyanamalai Magazine - Serial story, Thiraichuvai - Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema, Vyjayanthimalai
  11. ^ 100 Days Theaters in Madurai | Mgrroop's Blog
  12. ^ "Baghdad Thirudan Records". srimgr. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 

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