Based on the famous novel by Devan in the same name, this popular TV series was aired on Doordarshan with the celebrated comedian Y.Gee. Mahendra playing the title role of the failed bank clerk turned comic detective. The story revolves around Sambhu (Y.Gee. Mahendra) catching robbers, solving murders, recovering stolen jewellery and nabbing kidnappers, all through blind luck. Thuppariyum Sambu was writted by the legendary humorist Devan, which was in turn serialized into a comic series by Gopulu in Ananda Vikatan magazine. The TV series ran for a total of 15 episodes and was produced by S.Krishnaswamy of Krishnaswamy Associates who was also the director for this series.
Apart from Y.Gee. Mahendra, the cast included Sheela, Salima, Neelakantan,
Typist Gopu, ARS and many more. Krishnaswamy Associates was a famous company known for producing several documentary films in Hindi/Tamil, and for making short films and TV serials based on famous Tamil novels and short stories. Some of the popular documentaries from the production house include India-5555(a documentary on India’s Civilisational values, history, democracy and the recent economic awakening), Indus Valley to Indira Gandhi (a documentary on 5000 years of Indian culture), Jaya Jaya Sankara (a documentary on the history of Kanchi Kamakoti Sankaracharya Mutt) and many more. Upasana(Hindi), Shakthi(Hindi), Oorarinda Rahasyam,
Unmai Sudum and
Nallathor Veenai are some of the popluar TV serials produced by them.