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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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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Charming murder mystery with distinct character
10 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Andha Naal" (1954) is a murder mystery done with a great deal of charm and freshness. It has a distinct character. It's currently on YouTube. The IMDb cast list doesn't include all the main characters. Using the names of the actors, we have the victim, an engineer played by Shivaji Ganesan. He will be seen to be quite a character, as several persons have motives to slay him. His wife is Pandhari Bai. He has a mistress who is pregnant; she is played by Suryakala. Ganesan has a younger brother, T.K. Balachandran whose wife is Menaka. Then there is a man and neighbor who was courting Pandhari before Ganesan came along, and that's P.D. Sambandam. The chief C.I.D. detective in plain clothes is Jawar N. Sitaraman. He works with a regular police officer, name unknown.

The movie's plot is along the lines of the British "The Woman in Question" (1950) aka "Five Angles on Murder", by giving distinctly different versions of how a murder may have occurred. Four suspects of the five tell a story naming a different person as murderer with a different motive, and we see much of it as flashbacks, picking up lots of personal history as we proceed.

The movie blends a light tone with seriousness quite effortlessly. The male-female relationships depicted are marvelously presented. The character development is excellent. Its capacity to engage us is first rate. The film grows darker as it goes along, especially in the flashbacks.

The movie with its comic side is less noir than one might think, given its common designation as a film noir. Its fame rests in part on its place in Tamil cinema, but this is certainly an excellent movie.


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