Engal Thanga Raja
Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. B. Rajendra Prasad
Screenplay byBalamurugan
Story byP. Chinnappa Reddy
Produced byV. B. Rajendra Prasad
StarringSivaji Ganesan
CinematographyS. Venkata Rathnam
Edited byA. Sanjeevi
P.S. Prakash Rao
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Jagapathy Art Pictures
Distributed bySivaji Films
Release date
  • 14 July 1973 (1973-07-14)

Engal Thanga Raja (transl. Our precious king) is a 1973 Indian Tamil-language film, directed and produced by V. B. Rajendra Prasad.[1] The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Manjula and Sowcar Janaki.[2] It is a remake of the 1972 Telugu film Manavudu Danavudu,[3] and loosely adapts the 1886 novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.[4]


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The music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan, with lyrics by Kannadasan.[5] The song "Iravukkum Pagalukkum" became hugely popular.[6]

Song Singers Length
"Samy Ilum Samy Ithu" P. Susheela 04:04
"Kalayana Aasaivantha" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:05
"Muthangal Nooru" T. M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari 03:13
"Karpa Maanama" T. M. Soundararajan 03:57
"Iravukkum Pagalukkum" T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 03:50
"Iraiva Iraiva Kodiyil Oruvan" P. Susheela 04:01


Kanthan of Kalki said the story was being driven by Janaki.[3] The film ran for over 100 days in theatres.[6]


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  2. ^ "161-170". nadigarthilagam.com. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b காந்தன் (29 July 1973). "எங்கள் தங்க ராஜா". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 52. Archived from the original on 27 July 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Yesteryear actor Manjula dead". The Hindu. 23 July 2013. Archived from the original on 2 December 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Engal Thanga Raja". Saregama. Archived from the original on 20 July 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b "சென்னையில் 3 திரையரங்குகளில் 100 நாட்கள் ஓடிய சிவாஜி, மஞ்சுளா ஜோடியின் முதல் படம்". News18 (in Tamil). 14 July 2022. Archived from the original on 15 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.