Naanal (film)

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Naanal film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Balachandar
Produced byG. V. Saravanan
Written byK. Balachandar
Story byK. Balachandar
StarringR. Muthuraman
K. R. Vijaya
Major Sundararajan
Sowcar Janaki
Music byV. Kumar
CinematographyP. N. Sundaram
Edited byN. R. Kittu
S. Muthu
Arunachalam Studios
Distributed bySaravana Pictures
Release date
24 December 1965
Running time
135 mins

Naanal (transl.Reed) is a 1965 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film, directed by K. Balachandar and produced by G. N. Saravanan. It is based on his play of the same name. The film stars R. Muthuraman, Major Sundararajan, Sreekanth, Sowcar Janaki, K. R. Vijaya and Nagesh. It was a super hit.


The story is about four jailbirds escaping from prison to take revenge on the judge who sentenced them. They take over his house, and the movie builds around the judge and his family escaping from them.



Naanal was a play written by K. Balachander and inspired by the film Desperate Hours.[1] It was later adapted by him into a film with the same name.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Naanal was released on 24 December 1965.[3] T. M. Ramachandran of Sport and Pastime positively review the film.[4]


Music was composed by V. Kumar and lyrics were written by Alangudi Somu and Suratha. The playback singers were T. M. Soundararajan, P. Suseela and Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi.[5][6][7]

No. Songs Singers Length(m:ss) Lyricists
1 "Ennathaan Paaduvathu" P. Suseela 03:59 Alangudi Somu
2 "Kuyil Koovi Thuyil Ezhuppa" Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi 02:52
3 "Kuyil Koovi Thuyil Ezhuppa" – Sad P. Suseela 03:26
4 "Vinnukku Melaadai" T. M. Soundararajan P. Suseela 05:39 Suratha


The story line of Crazy Mohan's play Crazy Thieves in Palavakkam was inspired by Naanal.[8]


  1. ^ Gopalie, S. (1969). "Tamil | (In)significant" (PDF). Enact. No. 25. pp. 13–15.
  2. ^ Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Naanal". The Indian Express. 24 December 1965. p. 10.
  4. ^ Ramachandran, T. M. (12 February 1966). "Naanal". Sport and Pastime. Vol. 20. p. 42.
  5. ^ "Naanal". JioSaavn. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Naanal songs". Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ Neelamegam, G. (November 2016). Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 2 (in Tamil) (1st ed.). Chennai: Manivasagar Publishers. pp. 205–206.
  8. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa H. (1 September 2016). "'Crazy Thieves' all set to return". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 December 2017.

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