Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar

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Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar
Paadhai theriyudhu paar.jpg
Directed byNemai Ghosh
Written byR. K. Kannan[1]
StarringK. Vijayan
S. V. Subbaiah
Music byM. B. Sreenivasan
CinematographyNemai Ghosh
Edited byR. Devarajan
Kumari Films
Distributed byKumari Films
Release date
18 November 1960
Running time
168 minutes[2]

Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar (English: Look, the path is visible) is a 1960 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Nemai Ghosh. The film stars K. Vijayan and S. V. Subbaiah in the lead roles. The film had musical score by M. B. Sreenivasan. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil along with Kalathur Kannamma.[3]



Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar was the first Tamil film to be produced directly by communists.[4] Around 45 members of the Indian Communist Party, which included director Nemai Ghosh and the film's music director M. B. Sreenivasan, formed a production company called Kumari Films.[4] Each of them contributed an amount ranging from 500 to 5,000 to start the banner.[4] None of the members contributed more than 5,000 as each of them preferred to have their due credit for their contributions to the film.[4]

The film was launched by the communist leader P. Jeevanandham.[4] The film marked the debut of K. Vijayan, a former employee of the Golden Rock railway station in Golden Rock, Tiruchirappalli who later found success as a director, in Tamil cinema.[5] Filmmaker and scriptwriter Ritwik Ghatak worked as an assistant director in the film.[5]


The music was composed by M. B. Sreenivasan,[6] while the lyrics were written by Jayakanthan,[7] Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram and K. C. S. Arunachalam.[4][8] The playback singers were T. M. Soundararajan, Thiruchi Loganathan, P. B. Sreenivas, A. L. Raghavan, A. S. Mahadevan, S. Janaki and P. Suseela.[9] The song Thennankeetru is based on Valaji raga,[10] and was set to tune with a xylophone.[11]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (mm:ss)
1 Azhutha Kanneerum Paalaagumaa P. Suseela Jeyakanthan
2 Chinna Chinna Mookuthiyaam T. M. Soundararajan K. C. S. Arunachalam 06:11
3 Maasil Veenaiyum S. Janaki & A. S. Mahadevan Thevaram 03:35
4 Raasaa Maga Polirundhe A. L. Raghavan K. C. S. Arunachalam 03:24
5 Thennankeetru Oonjalile P. B. Sreenivas & S. Janaki Jayakanthan 04:14
6 Unmai Orunaal Veliyaagum Thiruchi Loganathan Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram

Release and reception[edit]

Paadhai Theriyudhu Paar was released on 18 November 1960.[1] Despite critical acclaim, the film did not succeed commercially; the distributors complained that L. Vijayalakshmi did not dance, to which the director replied, "[Vijayalakshmi] knows how to dance, but the character she plays in the film does not!"[12] According to film historian Randor Guy, "internal dissensions spoiled the film's release and caused it to flop."[11]


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  2. ^ a b Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 365.
  3. ^ "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dhananjayan 2014, p. 146.
  5. ^ a b Dhananjayan 2014, p. 147.
  6. ^ Vamanan (9 June 2014). "Music from the sidelines, but no less melodious". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, pp. 365-366.
  8. ^ "Pathai Theriyudhu Paar (பாதை தெரியுது பார்)". Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. ^ Neelamegam, G. (December 2014). Thiraikalanjiyam – Part 1 (in Tamil) (1st ed.). Chennai: Manivasagar Publishers. p. 205.
  10. ^ Mani, Charulatha (16 August 2013). "Wake up to Valaji". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  11. ^ a b Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 366.
  12. ^ Krishnamachari, Suganthy (5 February 2015). "From Natya to numbers". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.


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