Iru Malargal (Eng: Two Flowers) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by A. C. Tirulogchander. Iru Malargal stars Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini and K. R. Vijaya, with Nagesh, S. A. Ashokan, V. Nagayya, Manorama and Roja Ramani in supporting roles. Iru Malargal revolves around a man who faces upheavals in his life as he is caught between his lady-love and his devoted wife.
Iru Malargal was released on 1 November 1967, Diwali day. The film became a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres, and won two awards at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards: Best Actress for Vijaya and Best Story Writer for Tirulogchander.
Sundar and Uma are classmates who fight often. Sundar, however, is very much in love with Uma, and when they perform in a dance drama competition at Madurai, and later move on to Kodaikanal, he expresses this love. Uma asks him to climb up a peak so that she will consider him as a suitor. Sundar suffers from acrophobia and almost falls while climbing, at which point Uma accepts his love.
Sundar’s cousin Shanti, who lives with his family and takes care of the entire household, is fond of him and wishes to marry him. Sundar’s father Sivasamy also wants this marriage to take place. When Shanti discovers the love between Sundar and Uma, however, she changes her mind. Sivasamy asks Sundar to marry Shanti, but he refuses, revealing that he is in love with Uma. Furious, Sivasamy begins looking for another bridegroom for Shanti.
Meanwhile, Uma goes to seek permission to marry Sundar from her brother, who is her only living relative. She tells Sundar that she will send him a letter on a particular date (10 October). When Uma’s letter informs him that she has decided to marry another person because she is not willing to go against her brother’s wishes, an emotionally distraught Sundar becomes bedridden. In truth, Uma’s brother and sister-in-law died in an accident. She decided to renounce her love to take care of their children, and lied to Sundar so that he would not come after her.
While taking care of the dejected Sundar, Shanti is confronted by her bridegroom who accuses her of having a relationship with Sundar. When Sundar realises how much his father and his cousin have suffered because of him, he decides to marry Shanti.
Years later, Sundar has become a successful businessman living in Kodaikanal with Shanti and their daughter Geetha; Sivasamy is long dead. Uma joins Geetha’s school and becomes her teacher. When Geetha enthusiastically tells her mother about Uma, Shanti wants Uma to take tuition for Geetha; Uma accepts. She is shocked to learn that Geetha is Sundar’s child when they accidentally meet along the road. Sundar goes to Uma’s home, where they have a conversation about the past. Hearing this, Geetha realises that her father was once in love with her teacher.
Shanti learns of Sundar’s relationship with Uma. Not wanting to cause Sundar and Shanti to separate, Uma gives a letter to the school principal Sundaravathanam, asking him to take care of her brother’s children if something happens to her, and goes to a cliff to meet Sundar. She asks Sundar if will he come with her leaving everything behind if she calls him. Sundar replies that he could leave anything except his wife and child. This is the answer Uma wants, having decided that, if Sundar talked about leaving Shanti and Geetha, she would throw herself from the cliff. At the same time, Shanti concludes that Uma and Sundar should be united, and decides to commit suicide, Uma and Sundar stop her, with Uma telling her everything that happened between her and Sundar was in the past. Uma also tells Sundar and Shanti that she does not want to cause further problems for them and leaves.
Directed by A. C. Tirulogchander
Screenplay by Aaroor Dass
Story by A. C. Tirulogchander
Produced by Thambu
Starring Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, K. R. Vijaya
Edited by B. Kanthasamy
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Production Manijeh Cine Productions
Release date 1 November 1967