Sri Valli is a 1945 Tamil mythological Tamil film directed by A. V. Meiyappan and produced by him under the banner Saraswati Cine Film Factory. It was co-directed by A. T. Krishnasamy who also wrote the script for the film. The film features T. R. Mahalingam and Kumari Rukmini in lead roles. Sri Valli is based on folk tale and adaptation of various films including silent film titled Valli Thirumanam in 1921.
The film describes the romance between Lord Muruga and Valli, a tribal girl. Rest of the film shows how Valli wins the heart of Murugan. Sri Valli was the first Tamil film to introduce playback singing for the first time through lip synchronisation and also became the first film in which the dialogues were released in Gramaphone records. T. M. Rajagopal Sharma and R. Sudarsanam respectively composed the film’s music and P. V. Krishna Iyer served as the cinematographer. The film was edited by the duo M. V. Raman, while V. M. Vatturkar and S. Ammaiyappan were the film’s art directors. The film was released on 13 April 1945 with a final reel length of 3,325 metres (10,909 ft). Upon release, Sri Valli received critical acclaim and went on to become a commercially successful venture at box office. It is considered to be a breakthrough film for both T. R. Mahalingam and Kumari Rukmini.
Directed by A. V. Meiyappan & A. T. Krishnasamy
Produced by A. V. Meiyappan
Written by A. T. Krishnasamy
Starring T. R. Mahalingam, Kumari Rukmini, Baby Kamala, T. R. Ramachandran, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Mathuram
Music by T. M. Rajagopal Sharma & R. Sudarsanam
Cinematography P. V. Krishna Iyer
Edited by M. V. Raman
Production Saraswati Cine Film Factory
Release dates 13 April 1945
Running time 114 minutes