Madras to Pondicherry was a 1966 Tamil language film directed by Thirumalai Mahalingam and produce by Vividha Baarathy. Though the dialog and story was written by ‘Usilai’ Somanathan. Music by T. K. Ramamoorthy assets to the movie. Starring Kalpana, Ravichandran was play lead role in protagonist. Nagesh, Manorama, V. K. Ramasamy, C. T. Rajakantham, V. S. Raghavan and O. A. K. Thevar was play key role. The film was a runaway hit at the box office. The movie was eventually remade in Hindi as Bombay to Goa. The role played by Nagesh in Tamil version was reprised by Mehmood in the Hindi version.
A young woman Kalpana leaves home, because of her interest in a movie career which is kindled by a group of crook’s. (Kallapart Natarajan) shoots a member of his gang which is she witness. To, escape them, she jumps on to a running bus going from madras to Pondicherry and then the fun starts. The gangsters engage a man who boards the bus the young women is into eliminate her.
However, a young man also gets in (Ravichandran). He too travels on the bus with her pals and realize that the young women is in trouble. He takes up the task of saving her and in the process falls in love with her. In the end it turns out that he is her prospective bridegroom to avoid whom she leaves home. They are many subplots involving interesting characters who travel on the same bus.
The wisecracking conductor (Nagesh) and the driver (A. Karunanidhi). Nagesh his brand of comedy impresses a lot and so does the sadly underrated comedian (A. Karunanidhi). Nagesh was sight and romance with who travels the young girl passengers was come to her grandmother. A Brahmin couple Veerappan and Manorama with a thumb sucking, fat son crazy about “Pakoda” (Khader). His role attracted so much attention came to known as (‘Pakoda’Khader). He went on to act in quite few films. Veerappan. who plays the brahmin was a popular comedy writer and wrote comedy dialog for many comedians such as Goundamani and Senthil. Manorama as a brahmin women impresses in the inimitable style. Angamuthu also raises laughter.
Directed by Thirumalai Mahalingam
Produced by Vividha Baarathy
Written by ‘Usilai’ Somanathan
Story by ‘Usilai’ Somanathan
Starring Ravichandran, Kalpana, Nagesh, Manorama, Kalla part Natarajan
Music by T. K. Ramamoorthy
Cinematography G. Vittal Rao
Edited by A. Paul Duraisingam
Production Sri Venkateswara Cinetone
Distributed by Sri Venkateswara Cinetone
Release dates 15 January 1966
Running time 121 Minutes