Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy

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Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy
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T. K. Krishnasamy

(1913-03-11)11 March 1913
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Died8 November 1987(1987-11-08) (aged 74)
Chennai, Annanagar West
Years active1950s–1970s

Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy (Tamil: சக்தி கிருஷ்ணசாமி) was a Tamil film writer from the 1950s through until the 1970s.[1][2][3] He wrote stories, screenplay and dialogue for films starring M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan.[4][5] He has authored historical, mythological and social Tamil films spanning over 3 decades. He was considered as one of the best film script writers of Tamil Cinema, and was hailed as such by noted screenwriters like C. N. Annadurai and M. Karunanidhi publicly. His most acclaimed works are Veerapandiya Kattabomman and Karnan.[6]


Sakthi TK Krishnasamy with the then Tamilnadu CM C.N. Annadurai and Sivaji Ganesan

Sakthi Krishnasamy began his literary career as a playwright and ran his own drama troupe called Sakthi Nataka Sabha.[4] His first play was staged at the Nagapattinam Baby Theatre and from then on he continued to write a wide variety of plays. Bhayankari was a James-Bond type thriller while Vidhi was a love story. He was one of the earliest to have three different stages set up and when the scene was over in one the action would shift to another stage by the side. One of his most popular plays was Kaviyin Kanavu. Sakthi's plays were so popular that the Railways ran "Sakthi" special trains from Trichy to Nagapattinam and Trichy to Kumbakonam when they were staged.[7] Many artistes from his troupe like Sivaji Ganesan, V. K. Ramasamy, S. V. Subbiah and A. P. Nagarajan went on to become noted actors in the Tamil film industry. The troupe consisted of about 60 members. Every member of the cast had to learn the lines of all characters in the plays as they played different roles every day. M. N. Nambiar, an other member of the troupe also made his breakthrough into films after his performance in one of the plays impressed a producer[8]

Sivaji Ganesan, Kalingar Karunanidhi, Sakthi TK Krishnasamy (100th day film function)

Sakthi Krishnasamy first wrote Veerapandiya Kattabomman as a stage play in 1957. The play was staged all over Tamil Nadu and received critical acclaim and commercial success.[9] It was made into a highly successful film two years later, with Sivaji Ganesan in the lead and Sakthi Krishnasamy handling the script and dialogues. Sakthi Krishnasamy's powerful dialogues played a large part in its success.[10] The film won awards in the Second Afro-Asian Film Festival at Cairo (1960) for best acting, music and a special jury award.[11][12] In Tamil movie industry, his Veerapandiya Kattabomman film dialogues are still used as aspiring actors' auditioning test script. Many of the other films for which Sakthi Krishnasamy wrote the story and screenplay, were box office hits.

Apart from writing screenplays for many popular Tamil films, he was also a lyricist for a number of movies in the 60s.[13] [14][15]

He was a Gandhian, who Patron for more than 30 years for the Mahatma Gandhi Library in Saidapet for the economically weak and helped it grow from 20 books to 20,000 books in his lifetime. He died after a brief illness on 8 November 1987.

Notable Filmography[edit]


  • Kalaimamani Award from Tamil Nadu State Government[31]
  • Best Tamil Dialogues Writer award given by Government of India for the film Karnan

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "filmography p6".
  2. ^ "Digital Music, Carvaan, Yoodlee Films, TV".
  3. ^ "filmography p17".
  4. ^ a b "என்.எஸ்.கே. நாடக சபாவில் நடந்த சிக்கல்!".
  5. ^ "A doyen among actors".
  6. ^ " புராணக் கதைகளைத் திரைப்படமாக்கும் முறையினின்று மாற்றி, சமூகக் கதைகளைக் கொண்டு வந்த பெருமை சக்தி கிருஷ்ணசாமிக்கு உரியது. வீரபாண்டியக் கட்டபொம்மன் திரைப்படத்திற்கு வீரவசனம் எழுதிய பெருமை இவருக்கு உண்டு." translation: The credit for changing the trend of making mythological films to films with social themes belongs to Sakthi Krishnasamy. He is also the one who wrote the blistering dialogues for Veerapandiya Kattabomman. [1]
  7. ^ Raman, Mohan V. (8 April 2013). "The power of the pen" – via
  8. ^ "As Nambiar bids farewell …". 21 November 2008 – via
  9. ^ "Tamil News – Latest Tamil news -Tamil Newspaper- Tamil News Live – Tamil News Online – Today News in Tamil – Maalaimalar News".
  10. ^ "..appeared as a movie in 1959, a film which was a box-office hit. This film is still widely available – as script, video, and cassette – and several Tamilians can quote extracts from its dialogue. In brief, today Kattabomman is a household name."Contributions to Indian sociology, Volume 30; p.1256
  11. ^ Natesan, G. A. (23 August 1960). "The Indian Review". G.A. Natesan & Company – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "India: A Reference Annual". Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. 23 August 1961 – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "Songs Download, MP3 Songs, Songs – – A World Of Music".
  14. ^ "A conscious shift". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 10 October 2008.
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  16. ^ Anandan 2004, pp. 28:105
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  19. ^ "GuruSwara Home |". Muzigle. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  20. ^ ":: ALS Productions ::". 27 May 1960. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  21. ^ Anandan 2004, pp. 28:123
  22. ^ "The land of Songs Music and performing Arts". Thamizhisai. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  23. ^ Anandan 2004, pp. 28:125
  24. ^ Anandan 2004, pp. 28:126
  25. ^ Anandan 2004, pp. 28:129
  26. ^ "The land of Songs Music and performing Arts". Thamizhisai. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
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  31. ^ Anandan 2004, pp. 11:6


  • Anandan, "Film News" (2004). Sadhanaigal padaitha Tamil Thiraipada Varalaaru (A history of record making Tamil films) (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publications.