Kathiruntha Kangal (Eng: The Eyes that Waited) is a 1962 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Tatineni Prakash Rao. The film starred Gemini Ganesan and Savitri in the lead roles. It was adapted from the Bengali play Smrithi Tukku Thak written by Malabika Roy, with the dialogues written by M.S. Solamalai and ‘Ma.Ra’. The film was remade in Telugu as Devata (1965).
The film tells the story of twin sisters who get separated at birth due to poverty. One is brought up by a wealthy person, and the other by the mother (Lakshmi). A doctor (Gemini Ganesan) comes to treat the ailing mother, and the mother’s daughter falls in love with him, of which the doctor is unaware. On her deathbed, the mother reveals to her daughter the existence of the twin. The young woman goes in search of her sister and by sheer chance, both travel in the same train. The train has an accident and the wealthy sister loses her memory and is presumed dead.
Complications arise with the doctor marrying the other twin assuming she’s the wealthy one. A child is born and the wealthy twin turns up. The film then addresses the problems that arise.
Directed by Tatineni Prakash Rao
Produced by T. K. Ramasamy
Written by M. S. Solamalai & Maa. Raa.
Story by Malabika Roy
Starring Gemini Ganesan, Savitri, M. R. Radha, S. V. Ranga Rao, Pandari Bai
Music by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Cinematography Kamal Ghosh
Edited by N. M. Shankar
Production Vasumathi Pictures
Distributed by Vasumathi Pictures
Release date 25 August 1962
Running time 148 mins