Kalam Vellum

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Kalam Vellum
Kalam Vellum.jpg
VCD cover
Directed byM. Karnan
Produced byM. Karnan
Written byA. Gurusamy
Story byMathangan
C. R. Vijayakumari
Vijaya Lalitha
O. A. K. Devar
M. R. R. Vasu
Music bySankar Ganesh
CinematographyM. Karnan
Edited byG. Kalyanasundaram
Indirani Films
Release date
  • 11 September 1970 (1970-09-11)
Running time
127 minutes

Kalam Vellum (transl. Time Will Win) is a 1970 Indian Tamil-language western film produced, filmed and directed by M. Karnan. The film stars Jaishankar in the lead role.


Velu, a poor farmer, loses his sister Dhanam due to the atrocities and exploitation of landlord Periyaraja. To avenge his sister's death, Velu kills Periyaraja's brother Chinnaraja. He then escapes from there. He joins a gang of dacoits, headed by Narasingam. The gang is initially perturbed by Velu's presence, but his courage and good nature wins him their love and respect. Velu succeeds Narasingam as gang leader. His aim is to rob the rich and save the poor. He is constantly looking for an opportunity to take revenge against Periyasamy. Velu forgets that his wife is waiting for his return to his village. Finally, Velu takes revenge on Periyaraja and surrenders to police.



In January 1970, several months after the release of his first film as a producer (Pennai Vazha Vidungal, August 1969), M. Karnan began pre-production on his directorial debut, Kalam Vellum.[5]


1."Ellorum Thirudargale"KannadasanP. Susheela 
2."Ennanga Sambandhi Eppo Namma Sambandham"KannadasanP. Susheela, T. M. Soundararajan, P. Madhuri 
3."Maalaiyittom Pongalittom"KannadasanSirkazhi Govindarajan, L. R. Eswari, Chorus 
4."Penn Oru Kannadi"KannadasanL. R. Eswari 

Release and reception[edit]

Kalam Vellum was released on 11 September 1970.[5] The Indian Express called it a "hotchpotch of all the adventure films that have come in Tamil and English movies that have been imported".[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Pillai 2015, p. 168.
  2. ^ a b Pillai 2015, p. 171.
  3. ^ Pillai 2015, p. 169.
  4. ^ Pillai 2015, p. 176.
  5. ^ a b Pillai 2015, p. 166.
  6. ^ "Kalam Vellum songs". Inbaminge. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Cinema". The Indian Express. 26 September 1970. p. 8.


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