After an engineer is shot dead, several people around him relate different versions and the related incidents that may have led to the murder.


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Credited cast:
C.I.D. Officer Sivanandam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
T.K. Balachandran ...
Rajan's Younger Brother
P.D. Sambandam ...
Chinniah Pillai


The night after the Japanese bombing of Madras, Rajan (Sivaji Ganesan) a radio engineer, is murdered while preparing to leave town with a bag full of cash. A police detective Sivanandan (Jaavar Seetharaman) investigates the case and finds each of his suspects coming up with a different retelling of the events of the night of the murder. A brisk, atmospheric film, brilliant for its time and given that it was made in the constraints of the Madras studio system that experimented with little outside of mythological epics and social dramas. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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13 April 1954 (India)  »

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During the scene between the engineer and the dancer, the tune of the song Yeh Zindagi usiki hai' from the Hindi movie Anarkali (1953) can be heard in the background. See more »

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Great movie
4 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie defines the greatness of Tamil cinema and is a must for any and all mature movie watchers. The movie has a novel narrative style that is said to be borrowed from the Japanese classic Rashomon. However the style is where it begins and ends. Every character effortlessly blends in the movie. This makes the acting near non-dramatic and appears real. Sivaji in a negative role is the person himself. Pandari Bai as his wife is amazingly apt for the women of that time. It is noteworthy that Sivaji Ganesan raises his voice but never shouts or laughs crazily. Pandari Bai panics but is never shrill. These elements have effectively blended to contribute to the noir theme. "Javert" Seetharaman as detective also amazes us with his unobtrusive role. His role reminds us of the wise sages "searching for the truth". One of the striking elements of the movie is how easily and simply it accepts promiscuity as part of social life. The movie is also a worthy work of direction. Songs are absent but not missed. The narration is taut and perfect. No loose ends here. The narration is so fascinating that the absence of special shots and camera angles do not matter. The B&W contributes to the effectiveness of the forlorn state of the house for most of the movie.

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