Missiamma is a 1955 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by L. V. Prasad. Produced by B. Nagi Reddy and Aluri Chakrapani’s Vijaya Vauhini Studios, the film’s script was adapted by Chakrapani from two Indian Bengali-language novels: Rabindranath Maitra’s Manmoyee Girls School and Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s Detective. Missiamma also focused on social issues such as unemployment, corruption, and freedom of worship.
The Zamindar runs a school in the village Aandipettai. He wants to replace the existing teacher with someone with higher qualification. He decides to appoint a husband and wife couple as head master and wife. When he advertised in the papers, a Hindu young man who is looking for a job wants to apply for it. But he is not married. By circumstances he meets an unmarried young girl who is looking for a way to earn some money to set off a loan taken by her father. But she is a Christian. However, the young man and young woman come to an understanding and present themselves as husband and wife to the Zamindar. He appoints them as headmaster and teacher. The young woman also teaches music to the Zamindar’s daughter.
Zamindar and his wife lost their elder daughter 15 years ago in a temple festival. In fact, he named the school after the lost child, Mahalakshmi. Now the young woman teacher reminds them of their elder daughter and they shower love on her.
A nephew of the Zamindar who is a self-styled detective, takes it upon himself to search and find the missing child.
After some confusion and much banter, it comes to light that the young woman teacher is actually the lost child of the Zamindar. The family re-unites. The young man and the young woman who came pretending as husband and wife marries each other and become real couple at the end.
Directed by L. V. Prasad
Produced by B. Nagi Reddy & Aluri Chakrapani
Screenplay by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass
Story by Aluri Chakrapani
Based on Manmoyee Girls School by Rabindranath Maitra & Detective by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay
Starring Gemini Ganesan, K A Thangavelu, S V Ranga Rao, K Sarangapani, M N Nambiar, V M Ezhumalai, A Karunanidhi, Savithri, Jamuna
Music by S. Rajeswara Rao
Cinematography Marcus Bartley
Edited by C. P. Jambulingam & G. Kalyanasundaram
Production Vijaya Productions
Release date 14 January 1955
Running time 179 minutes