Director: K.V. Srinivasan; Writer: TKS Brothers’ play, V.S. Vyas, T.K. Muthuswamy; Cinematographer: Rustom Irani; Cast: M.V. Rajamma, P. Subbaiah Pillai, T.S. Rajalakshmi, M.S. Draupadi, T.K. Shanmugham, T. Seetalakshmi, T.K. Bhavgavathi, Friend Ramaswamy, Shakuntala Natarajan
Summary: A melodrama based on a famous play by TKS Bros, itself derived from Nirupama Devi’s Bengali novel Annapurnika Mandir. Poor but upright Brahmin clerk Ramaswamy Iyer (Pillai), employed by a wealthy zamindar, has two unmarried daughters, Sarasa (Draupadi) and Seeta (Rajamma). Seeta loves the rich Ramu (Shanmugham), a match approved by Ramu’s widowed mother (Seetalakshmi) but opposed by Ramu who arranges for Seeta to marry someone else. She refuses. Because of the ensuing scandal Seeta finds herself obliged to marry an old widower who fortunately dies directly after the wedding. Then the clerk’s evil employer Mani (Bhagavathi) goes after her. He sacks her reluctant father, causing him to die of shock. Ramu later repents and tries to help Seeta’s family but she commits suicide leaving him the responsibility of taking care of her sister. Ramu then tries to marry off the younger sister Sarasa, later marrying her himself. This was regarded as an early attempt at realism in Tamil cinema. Following its success Annadurai novelised a sequel, Gumastavin Penn or Kolaigariyin Kurripugal.