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KALVANIN KADHALI (1955) Story

Kalvanin Kadhali  directed by V. S. Raghavan, who launched it under his Revathi Productions banner in 1955, with Sivaji Ganesan playing the ‘kalvan’ (thief) and Bhanumathi, his ‘kadhali’ (lover).

D. Balasubramaniam as the heorine’s father was his usual talented self, underplaying the role with much impact. Sarangapani and Chellam as the Brahmin police inspector and his wife sustained audience interest.

The movie narrated the story of Muthaian, a good natured man who turns thief under social pressure, and his love for a young woman who is forced to marry a man old enough to be her father. The fatherly husband releases her from the bonds of matrimony on his deathbed, leaving all his wealth to her. The lovers meet under strange circumstances and their love is rekindled. However, they reunite only in death like Laila Majnu, with the cops on his heels shooting him down and his heartthrob shooting herself. His sister (Kusalakumari) goes through difficult times before getting happily married, thanks to her brother’s love for her.