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Directed byK. Vijayan
Produced bySanthi Narayansamy,
T. Manohar
Written byA. L. Narayanan (dialogues)
Story byM. D. Sundar
Based onShankar Guru (1978)
by V. Somashekhar
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyK. S. Prasad
T. S. Vinayagam
Edited byB. Kandhasamy
Release date
  • 27 January 1979 (1979-01-27)
Box office3.5 crore (Tamil Nadu)

Thirisoolam (English: Trident) is a 1979 Tamil film directed by K. Vijayan. It had Sivaji Ganesan playing triple roles and was promoted as his 200th film in a lead role. The movie was Sivaji's last all-time blockbuster selling 1 crore tickets and completed a 200-day run at the box office.

The film is a remake of the Kannada film Shankar Guru (1978), that starred Rajkumar, who also appeared in the triple role.[1][2][3]


Rajasekaran (Sivaji Ganesan) is an upright businessman whose associates are involved in shady deals. During an argument over such a deal, a scuffle ensues and Rajasekharan accidentally shoots one of his associates dead. Fleeing from the police, he loses contact with his pregnant wife Sumathi (K. R. Vijaya).

Many years later, Sumathi is now living with her son Shankar (also Sivaji Ganesan) in Delhi, while Rajasekaran is a rich estate owner in Kashmir. Rajasekaran's niece encounters Shankar in Delhi and recommends him to manage her uncle's estate in Kashmir. Also arriving in Kashmir for a romantic quest with a rich girl Sripriya is Guru (Sivaji Ganesan's third role), a look-alike of Shankar, who is later also found to be his twin brother. Through Shankar, Rajasekaran finally manages to establish contact with his long-lost wife Sumathi and is overwhelmed with joy.

However, before he can meet Sumathi, trouble arrives in the form of Rajasekaran's erstwhile crooked partners headed by M. N. Nambiar, who are after a valuable necklace stolen from a temple in Delhi, which they believe is now in Rajasekaran's possession. The partners kidnap Sumathi and imprison and torture Rajasekaran, and it is up to Shankar and Guru to rescue and re-unite their father and mother.



The music was composed by M. S. Viswanathan.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Malar Kodutthen" T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 04:10
2 "Kadhal Rani Katti Kidakae" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Kannadasan 05:02
3 "En Raajathi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Kannadasan 04:27
4 "Irandu Kaigal" K. J. Yesudas, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Kannadasan 04:07
5 "Thirumaalin Thirumaarbil" K. J. Yesudas, Vani Jayaram Kannadasan 05:10


  1. ^ "Top ten Kannada films to have been remade". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Thirisoolam". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Thirisoolam". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Thirisoolam Songs". Retrieved 22 August 2014.

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