|Directed by||T. P. Sundaram|
|Produced by||T. P. Sundaram
|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|
|Edited by||G. D. Joshi|
|Distributed by||Southern Movies|
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. 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.
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.
- M. G. Ramachandran as Ali
- Vyjayanthimala as Zarina
- M. N. Nambiar
- T. S. Balaiah
- T. R. Ramachandran
- S. A. Ashokan
- M. N. Rajam
- A. Sandhya
- S. N. Lakshmi
- M. S. S. Pakiyam
- K. S. Angamuthu
- T. A. Madhuram
- 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.
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". 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", though she later remarked that she feared cats.
|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|
|5||Oru Kul Kul Paarvaiyile||Jikki||02:12|
|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|
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