Kalam Vellum

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Kalam Vellum
Kalam Vellum.jpg
Directed byM. Karnan
Written byA. Gurusamy
Story byMathangan
Produced byM. Karnan
Vijaya Lalitha
CinematographyM. Karnan
Edited byG. Kalyanasundaram
Music byShankar–Ganesh
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[1] produced, filmed and directed by M. Karnan. The film stars Jaishankar, Vijayakumari and Vijaya Lalitha. It revolves around a farmer who, in his quest to avenge his sister's death, becomes a dacoit bent on revenge. The film was released on 11 September 1970.


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 the 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 the 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.[6]


The soundtrack was composed by Shankar–Ganesh, with lyrics by Kannadasan.[7]

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

Release and reception[edit]

Kalam Vellum was released on 11 September 1970.[6] The Indian Express called it a "hotchpotch of all the adventure films that have come in Tamil and English movies that have been imported".[8]


  1. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (11 April 2020). "Sivaji Ganesan's 'Vietnam Veedu' Turns 50: A Rewind To The Film, Its Time, And Its Leading Man". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 27 April 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Pillai 2015, p. 168.
  3. ^ a b Pillai 2015, p. 171.
  4. ^ Pillai 2015, p. 169.
  5. ^ Pillai 2015, p. 176.
  6. ^ a b Pillai 2015, p. 166.
  7. ^ "Kaalam Vellum". Tamil Songs Lyrics. Archived from the original on 26 April 2022. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Cinema". The Indian Express. 26 September 1970. p. 8. Retrieved 2 May 2019.


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