Uthama Puthiran is a 1958 Indian Tamil-language historical action film directed by T. Prakash Rao. Co-produced by C. V. Sridhar, who also wrote the screenplay, it is a remake of the 1940 Tamil film of the same name, and also adapts from The Man in the Iron Mask, the third part of the 1847–1850 novel The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini, with M. K. Radha, M. N. Nambiar, K. A. Thangavelu, Ragini and Kannamba in supporting roles. It is the first film to feature Ganesan in two distinct roles.
The queen of Malarpuri delivers a male child. Her brother Naganathan replaces it with a dead child, and informs king Varaguna Pandiyan that the newborn is dead. To Naganathan's surprise, the queen gives birth to another boy soon after. Minister Gunaseelar arrives by then and the king is informed of the birth of two children, one dead and one alive. Everyone is happy that at least one is alive. Naganathan decides to kill the first infant and hands it over to his servant Somappa. However, Somappa and his wife raise the prince in a forest.
|author||C. V. Sridhar|
|director||Tatineni Prakash Rao|
|editor||N. M. Shankar|
|keywords||crown prince dead child deathbed fight identical twin iron mask lock loot mask out of control rule talk the king write|
|producer||C. V. Sridhar|