Meenda Sorgam (Eng: Paradise regained) is a 1960 Tamil-language Indian romantic musical film, written and directed by C. V. Sridhar, produced by T. A. Durai Raj and distributed by Madhuram Pictures. The film’s soundtrack was composed by T. Chalapathi Rao. The film stars Gemini Ganesan, Padmini and Tambaram Lalitha in the lead roles, with K. A. Thangavelu T. R. Ramachandran, Manorama and K. Nadarajan in supporting roles. The film did not do well as expected, as it was thought to be too highbrow and idealistic.
Nirmala (Padmini) is a poor but talented young dancer who falls in love with Sekar (Gemini Ganesan), a rich man’s son. But Sekar is forced into a marriage with Prathiba (Tambaram Lalitha), a rich man’s spoilt daughter. Inconsolable, Nirmala promises her lover that she will never give public performances. Due to various circumstances, Sekar’s finances suffer losses and his house is put up for auction. To rescue him from a dire future, Nirmala breaks her promise and gives a dance performance. With the money thus earned, she saves his house. But Sekar is unaware of this. When he learns the truth, he begins searching for her. In the meantime, Prathiba, who is now reformed, commits suicide. Sekar locates Nirmala, who is on the verge of committing suicide, and they are reunited.
Directed by C. V. Sridhar
Produced by T. A. Durai Raj
Written by C. V. Sridhar
Starring Gemini Ganesan, Padmini, Tambaram Lalitha
Music by T. Chalapathi Rao
Cinematography A. Vincent & P. N. Sundaram
Edited by N. M. Shankar
Production Vijaya — Vahini Studios
Distributed by Madhuram Pictures
Release date 29 July 1960
Running time 180 minutes