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Dheepam poster.jpg
Directed byK. Vijayan
Written byA. L. Narayanan (dialogues)
Story byThoppil Bhasi
Produced byK. Balaji
StarringSivaji Ganesan
CinematographyG. Or. Nathan
Edited byB. Kanthasamy
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Suresh Arts
Release date
  • 26 January 1977 (1977-01-26)

Dheepam (transl. Lamp) is a 1977 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by K. Vijayan and produced by K. Balaji. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha, Vijayakumar and Sangeetha.[1] It is a remake of the Malayalam film Theekkanal. The film was released on 26 January 1977,[2] and ran for over 100 days in theatres.[3]


Somu and Kannan are brothers. During a small fight, Somu injures Kannan and believing him to be dead runs away. He joins Raja, the elder as his adopted son and becomes a smuggler. Before dying, the father hands over everything he has to Somu, now Raja, including his daughter Latha for him to take care. However, due to their shady business, he is unable to find a groom for her.

Radha is Latha's friend and Raja is in love with her. She however shuns him for the same reason as others. They both meet Kannan and take a liking to him. Soon, Raja realizes Kannan is his brother and showers love and riches on him. When he finds out Radha and Kannan are in love, he solemnizes their marriage too. However, soon, Radha and Kannan start to suspect Raja's true intentions driving Kannan to drinking. Unable to declare the true relationship between Kannan and him as it would ruin the life of his sister who absolutely believes that he is everything in addition to him giving his word that he will never reveal that he is not her brother to their father, he takes on all the abuse. In the end, he kills himself to solve all problems asking Kannan to arrange for Latha's marriage.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Pulamaipithan.[4][5] The song "Anthapurathil Oru" is set in Mayamalavagowla raga,[6][7] and "Poovizhi Vaasalil" is set in Yamunakalyani.[8]

Song Singers Length
"Poovizhi Vaasalil" K. J. Yesudas, Janaki 04.32
"Anthapuratthil Oru" T. M. Soundararajan, Janaki 04.13
"Pesaathe" T. M. Soundararajan 04.03
"Raaja Yuva Raaja" T. M. Soundararajan 04.27


Kanthan of Kalki praised the performances of Ganesan and other actors and Vijayan's direction but felt the comedy sequences of Manorama were unnecessary.[9]


  1. ^ "181-190". nadigarthilagam.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (2 June 2020). "'இசை - இளையராஜா, உதவி - அமர்சிங்'; ரஜினிக்கு முந்திக்கொண்ட ராஜாவின் இசை; 'அந்தப்புரத்தில் ஒரு மகராணி'தான் சிவாஜிக்கு முதல் ஸ்பெஷல்!". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. ^ "சிவாஜp - பாலாஜp கூட்டணியில் உருவான காவியங்கள்". Thinakaran (in Tamil). 4 December 2011. Archived from the original on 12 June 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Dheepam". JioSaavn. January 1977. Archived from the original on 28 September 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Dheepam Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 7 March 2023. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  6. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 124.
  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (11 November 2011). "A Raga's Journey — The magic of Mayamalavagowla". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 155.
  9. ^ காந்தன் (27 February 1977). "தீபம்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 23. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2023.


Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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