Ulagam Sutrum Valiban

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Ulagam Sutrum Valiban
Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by M. G. Ramachandran
Produced by M. G. Ramachandran
R. M. Veerappan
Written by Sornam
Story by R. M. Veerappan
S. K. T. Sami
Ve. Lakshmanan
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
Metta Roongrat (Thai actress)
S. A. Ashokan
R. S. Manohar
M. N. Nambiar
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography V. Ramamoorthy
Edited by M. Umanath
Distributed by Emgeeyaar Pictures Ltd
Release date
11 May 1973
Running time
178 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (English: Globetrotting Youngster) is a 1973 Indian Tamil-language science fiction film[1] directed by M. G. Ramachandran and produced by R. M. Veerappan.[2] The film stars him in the lead role, along with M. N. Nambiar, Manjula, Latha Sethupathi, Chandrakala, Thai actress Metta Roongrat, R.S. Manohar, S.A. Ashokan in lead roles while Nagesh plays a supporting role. It was one of Ramachandran's all-time blockbusters movie and completed a 217-day run at the box office. It celebrated Silver Jubilee in Devi Paradise, Agasthia in Chennai, Madurai – Meenakshi (217), Trichy – Palace (203) Kovai – Raja (199) & Sri Lanka - Capital and Kottayam - 200 days. It crossed 100 days in 33 threatres. Booking reservations within three hours of opening 100 shows were full. There was no advertisement, posters and publicity of releasing the film. It was displayed in a black board. It was the first indian movie to break the record collection of English Movie "Meckenna's Gold" in a single theatre Devi Paradise. [3][4][5][6][7][8] The film score and soundtrack were composed by M. S. Viswanathan.


Murugan (MGR) is an Indian scientist who has recently discovered how to store a part of the energy unleashed from lightning.He reports this in the Hong Kong scientists' conference. He subsequently announces that he wouldn't reveal his discovery since the world is at the brink of World War III and his research may be used for destructive purposes.

Scientist Bairavan (S.A. Asokan) claims Murugan is falsely claiming that his research is successful. Muruga thus conducts a demonstration and destroys the vital research notes which upsetting other scientists. Bairavan offers $100 million to persuade him to sell the research to a foreign country which Murugan refuses.

Murugan then departs with his girlfriend, Vimala (Manjula) for a world tour. He discloses to Vimala that he pretended like destroying the research notes and he has kept them in some safe place. He indeed had plans of using them further so that his research is used for productive purposes. Bairavan who has been following them overhears this. Bairavan plans to steal the research notes. While in Singapore, Bairavan shoots Murugan with a special gun (not killing him). Vimala faints on watching this.

Murugan who seemingly suffers a mental disorder is subsequently taken into Bairavan's custody.

Shortly, Vimala too is abducted by Bairavan, expecting the former to cure Murugan, so that he could get information on the whereabouts of the research documents.

Raju (MGR) a CBCID officer and Murugan's younger brother arrives in Singapore in search of his brother. How he finds his brother and what happens to others form the rest of the story.


  • M. G. Ramachandran as Murugan, a scientist and Raju (alias Djaïraj), a CBCID officer and Murugan's younger brother
  • M. G. Chakrapani as The narrator in the credits of opening, his name appears in the title as Production consultant.
  • M. N. Nambiar (Guest-star) as The karateka, one of the Bairavan's henchman
  • S. A. Asokan as Bairavan, a scientist and the villain of this movie
  • R. S. Manohar as Lilly's brother
  • Nagesh as Markandeyan, Sea View hotel bearer who later becomes Raju's friend
  • V. Gopalakrishnan as The doctor and the gunsmith of Bairavan
  • Thengai Srinivasan as The driver and one of the Bairavan's henchman
  • Som Saï (Guest-star) as Som Saï, Metta's father
  • Shiyam Soundher as One of the Bairavan's henchman
  • Chandrakala as Rathna, Raju's lover and after his wife
  • Manjula as Vimala, Murugan's lover
  • Latha as Lily, Bairavan's secretary who later becomes Raju's girl friend and more...
  • [Metta Roongrat (เมตตา รุ่งรัตน์)[9] ](Guest-star) as Metta, Som Saï's daughter

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned


Best movie (Sirandha Thiraipadam)

Best director (MGR) (Sirandha Iyakkunar)

Best producer (MGR), under his Emgiyaar Pictures Limited (Sirandha Thayaripalar)

Filmfare Special Award for Excellent Production Values - M. G. Ramachandran[10]


It is the voice of M.G.Chakarapani, the elder brother of MGR that we hear at the beginning of the movie, when the scholar (MGR) finds the formula.

The director Pa. Neelakandhan brought a precious help on the shooting. Moreover, MGR thanks him in the opening title.

The score and soundtrack are composed by M. S. Viswanathan.

2 songs, of which "Aval Oru Navarasa..." and "Nilavu Oru..." results from an unfinished movie of MGR entitled INAINTHA KAIKAL.

There are in ULAGAM SUTRUM VALIBAN several big instrumental pieces and very different themes in the orchestration.

The first choice of MGR for the soundtrack was Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, the Indian classical music violinist.

Although the big singer K. J. Yesudas lends for the first time his voice for MGR, it is not its first movie of MGR for him.

Indeed, he was already on the soundtrack of another movie of MGR, in 1966, PARAKKUM PAAVAI with the title " Sugam Yethilae... " accompanied by the famous duet, T. M. Soundararajan-L. R. Eswari. He lent his voice to the actor J.P. Chandrababu.

The film celebrated silver jubilee in 5 screens (Devi Paradise - 182 days, Agasthiya - 176 days in Chennai, Madurai- Meenakshi 217 days, Trichy - Palace 203 days, Kovai - Raja 150 days and in Sri Lanka - Capital - 203 days -kottayam-200 days

This movie is the kick-off, in a way, for running in the nomination for the post of chief-minister of Tamil Nadu, India, for MGR, under its own political persuasions, Anna D.M.K..

Jayalalithaa, in an interview with the media, said that Ramachandran owed his popularity to her; irked by this, Ramachandran fired her from Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, and replaced her with Manjula.[11] The climax scene was shot at Expo 70.[12]


The music composed by M. S. Viswanathan.[13]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss) Position in the movie
1 Aval Oru Navarasa S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Kannadasan 03:32 8th, MGR-Latha in the tank-fish
2 Bansaayee (ten thousand years) T. M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari Vaali 04:44 7th, MGR-Chandrakala in Japan
3 Lilly Malarukku T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela Kannadasan 05:20 2nd, MGR-Manjula in the train
4 Nilavu Oru T. M. Soundararajan Vaali 04:22 4th, MGR-Manjula and S.A. Asokan
5 Oh My Darling (In the album) T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela Vaali 04:03 (Not in the movie, not held)
6 Pachchaikili T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:37 6th, MGR-Metta Roongrat in a park
7 Sirithu Vaazhavendum T. M. Soundararajan, chorus Pulamaipithan 04:29 3rd, MGR-Latha, Nagesh and the children in the Tiger Balm Garden
8 Thangath Thoniyile K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela Vaali 03:24 5th, MGR-Chandrakala in a boat near The Kai Tak Airport
9 Ulagam Ulagam T. M. Soundararajan, S. Janaki Kannadasan 03:39 9th, MGR-Chandrakala in The Expo '70, Suita
10 Vetriyai Naalai Seerkazhi Govindarajan Pulavar Vedha 02:57 1st, The credits of opening of the movie with red flowers
11 Ninaikkum Pothu (In the album) P. Susheela Vaali 03:34 (Not in the movie, not held)
12 Chimasa² (Japanese song) Female singer and male singer Unknown 00:57 Ginza street by night
13 Sayonara² (Japanese song) Male singer Unknown 02:58 In search of professor Murugan, during The Expo '70
14 Instrumental piece Chorus No lyrics 04:46 On the first meeting of the beautiful dancer Rathna (Chandrakala)
15 Instrumental piece Chorus No lyrics 02:29 The track race of the long-tailed boats (Ruea Hang Yao), MGR-Chandrakala-Nagesh vs S. A. Asokan
16 Instrumental piece Chorus No lyrics For the last fight, with the roller-skateboard against the men in sabres


Ramachandran intended to make a sequel to this film titled Kizhakku Africavil Raju, but the project never came to fruition when he was alive. An animated sequel with the same title but a different script is being directed by M. Arulmoorthy.[14]


  1. ^ "TAMIL SCIENCE FICTION CINEMA AND THE CULTURAL UNCONSCIOUS: A 'VISIONARY' JUNGIAN READING OF 7AUM ARIVU (2011) AND 24 (2016)". Journal of Advanced Research in Dynamical and Control Systems. 2017. Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Elements of science fiction are, by no means, new to Tamil cinema, with films as early as Kaadu (1952), Kalai Arasi (1958) and Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973) utilizing science fiction tropes and premises. 
  2. ^ Guy, Randor (30 April 2016). "Blast from the Past: Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban (1973)". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  3. ^ USV industrial record
  4. ^ USV poster
  5. ^ USV first week record
  6. ^ USV second week record
  7. ^ USV twenty-fifth week record
  8. ^ USV sixtieth week record
  9. ^ http://www.thaiworldview.com/tv/act.php?myChoice=Metta%20Roongrat&mySearch=2
  10. ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett, Coleman & Company. 1974. p. 155. 
  11. ^ https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/chennaitalkies/jayalalithaa-her-hero-s-rival/
  12. ^ Bould, Mark (2014). Solaris. Macmillan International Higher Education. p. 91. 
  13. ^ "Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Songs". raaga. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Akshara Gowda in MGR animation film". The Times of India. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018. 

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