Motor Sundaram Pillai is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film, directed by S. S. Balan and written by Veppathur Kittoo. The 1959 American film The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, adapted from a play written by Liam O’Brien, which was inspired by a real life incident, was a global success, especially in Madras (now Chennai), the film features Sivaji Ganesan playing the title role leading an ensemble cast consisting of Ravichandran, Sooryakumar, Sivakumar, Major Sundarrajan, Nagesh, Kanchana, Sowcar Janaki, Pandari Bai, Jayalalithaa, Shylashri, Manimala and Rajkokila.
The film is the directorial debut of Balan, whose father Vasan produced the film under Gemini Studios. After Kittoo completed the screenplay, Ganesan was approached to star but declined; Vasan then produced Kittu’s screenplay in Hindi as Grahasti (1963). When Ganesan saw this film, he offered to act if Kittu made a Tamil version, and was cast.
Motor Sundaram Pillai was released on 26 January 1966. The film was commercially successful, running for over 100 days in theatres. It was remade in Telugu as Manchi Kutumbam (1968).
The soundtrack album was composed by M. S. Viswanathan. The lyrics were penned by Kothamangalam Subbu and Vaali. Playback singers are P. B. Srinivas, T. M. Soundararajan, A. L. Raghavan, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, P. Susheela, (Radha) Jayalakshmi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi and L. R. Eswari. Cinematography was handled by P. Ellappa.
Directed by S. S. Balan
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Screenplay by Veppatthur Kittu
Based on The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Starring Sivaji Ganesan, Ravichandran, Sowcar Janaki, Jayalalithaa
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Cinematography P. Ellappa
Edited by M. Umanath
Production Gemini Studios
Release date 26 January 1966
Running time 160 minutes