Laxmi, the village landlord’s daughter, and Venu, the son of the ferryman. Laxmi is married off to a city wastrel and Venu, who followed her to the city and became a waiter at the hotel where Laxmi stays, witnesses her marriage breaking up. The penniless Laxmi also loses her daughter. Laxmi and Venu each having returned to their village, they meet again in a storm as Venu comes to her rescue with his boat to take her to the opposite shore. As they struggle to survive the storm their boat capsizes and Venu’s corpse is washed upon the shore.
Noted Hindustani vocalist Lakshmi Shankar recorded a song for this film
Thiramala introduced rich orchestration, and also some artistes and technicians who made a name for themselves in later years
The film was based on a short story ‘Choondakkaran’ written by T. N. Gopinathan Nair who wrote the script and also acted in a major role
In the Malabar region, the film had a happy ending with Lakshmi saved from the storm by Venu, who entrusts her to Vijayan. In the Southern region, the film ends with Venu’s death
‘Thiramala’ was screened in various territories of the state with a different climax
The film is considered by musicologists as the first musical hit in Malayalam
The film had 13 songs, most of which were imitations of popular Hindi tunes
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