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Nalla Idathu Sammandham (1958)

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Nalla Idathu Sammandam
Special Arrangement Nalla Idathu Sammandam

M.R. Radha, ‘Sowcar’ Janaki, Prem Nazir, M.N. Rajam, V.K. Ramasami, C.K. Saraswathi, K. Sarangapani, S.K. Venubai, K. Sayeeram, ‘Maadi’ Lakshmi, M.E. Madhavan, ‘Yadhartham’ Ponnusami Pillai, V.M. Ezhumalai, P.D. Sambandham and ‘Kallapart’ Natarajan

After the phenomenal success of his play Ratha Kanneer that was made into a successful movie, M.R. Radha began to dominate Tamil cinema from 1950 to 1960, and he appeared in almost every Tamil film made then. He charged a flat fee of Rs. 60,000 — whether it was for one scene or the complete movie. And, this was at a time when gold cost less than Rs. 200 a sovereign! One of his popular movies during that era was Nalla Idathu Sammandham, in which he was the leading figure and anti-hero, a concept he made popular in Tamil cinema. It was produced by fine actors V.K. Ramasami and A.P. Nagarajan. The story was written by Ramasami while the script was by Nagarajan. The film was directed by K. Somu.

A wealthy man (Ramasami) with a wayward son (Radha) and a daughter (Rajam), who is a nurse, thinks his son would change his ways if he gets married. He arranges a marriage for his son with another wealthy man’s daughter (Janaki), and sends the communication to his son and daughter. The wedding comes as a surprise to the son who does not intend getting married. However, he informs his sister he will be present at the wedding ceremony. He turns up just in time to tie the ‘mangalasutra’!

The young bride joins her husband with hopes of a happy marriage, but her life turns out to be sheer torture. Meanwhile, the nurse falls in love with a cop (Nazir), and soon the story takes a few turns and twists. Finally, the wayward son reforms, and all live happily.

As expected, M.R. Radha dominates the film with his characteristic flamboyant performance while ‘Sowcar’ Janaki plays the tradition-drenched wife encasing her fine range of talent. Sacchu and her elder sister ‘Maadi’ Lakshmi present fine dances. As does ‘Gemini’ Chandra (choreography by T.C. Thangaraj). Ramasami is excellent, and during that period, he and multi-talented Nagarajan produced movies together, directed by Somu.

The film had excellent music by K.V. Mahadevan with lyrics by Marudhakasi and A.S. Narayanan. Some of the songs that became popular were ‘Puthu Penney Puthu Penney Nimirnthu Paaru’ (by L.R. Eswari, Kasthuri, Udutha and Gajalakshmi) and ‘Ponnu Maapillay Onnaa Poguthu Jigu Jigu Vandiyiley’ (L.R. Eswari and Kasthuri). Noted singer Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi sang the ghazal-like ‘Kuzhandhai Pol Oru Kanam’. This film was shot in Madras (now Chennai) and at Salem. It fared fairly well.

Remembered for The impressive performances of M.R. Radha, ‘Sowcar’ Janaki, Rajam, Nazir and Ramasami, and the tuneful music.

Further to Mr Saravanan's comments, I would like to mention that M R Radha did not dominate during the 1950s and it was in 1960s only that he dominated and appeared in almost every Sivaji and MGR film released during this decade.

from:  Kumaraswamy Sundar
Posted on: Jul 22, 2013 at 11:36 IST

The writer has obviously not seen the movie. He has written 'Finally, the wayward son reforms, and all live happily'. No they don't, both the wayward son & his long suffering wife die in the end!

Further, the writer has made another factual error. He has written 'After the phenomenal success of his play Ratha Kanneer that was made into a successful movie, M.R. Radha began to dominate Tamil cinema from 1950 to 1960, and he appeared in almost every Tamil film made then'. Actually, Mr Radha did not get any film offers despite the success of Ratha Kanneer (1954). It was only after 4 years with Nalla Idathu Sambandham (1958)that he made his re-entry in movies.

Also this movie is remembered as the movie in which LR Eswari made a grand entry. Though she had been a part of chorus singers earlier, this was the first movie in which she could get significant opportunities. Besides the 2 songs mentioned by the writer, the song 'dhukkathilum sirikkanum' was a fine solo by LRE.

from:  Saravanan
Posted on: Jul 22, 2013 at 09:38 IST

The author has mentioned a song 'ponnu mappillai....' sung by LR
Easwari.
Actually when the song used to be broadcast (in Ceylon Radio of that
time) the singer was mentioned as DL Rajeswai. She later changed the
name to LR Easwari!

from:  SARANATHAN
Posted on: Jul 21, 2013 at 12:19 IST
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