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Enga Mama (1970)

Sivaji Ganesan, Jayalalithaa, K. Balaji, Cho, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Thengai Srinivasan, S.N. Lakshmi, Master Prabhakar, Master Sekhar, Senthamarai, O.A.K. Thevar, S. Rama Rao

Enga Mama was a successful remake of Hindi box-office hit, Brahmachari. The film was directed by A.C. Thirulogachandar, who has made several hits. This film was produced by P.K.V. Sankaran and Arumugam under the banner JR Movies and turned out to be a box-office hit, running successfully for over 100 days.

This film was written in Tamil by V.C. Guhanathan, and had top stars of Tamil Cinema, Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa in lead roles, well-supported by K. Balaji, Nirmala, Cho, Thengai Srinivasan, Typist Gopu and many child stars like Master Prabhakar and Master Sekhar.

Koteeswaran, (Sivaji Ganesan) is an orphan who runs an orphanage to aid children who share a similar fate as his. Being poor, it is hard for him to take care of the needs of these children. One day, he saves a young woman Sitha (Jayalalithaa) from committing suicide. She is in love with Ravi (Balaji) who is promiscuous.

He has seduced a woman, a dancer (Nirmala) and has a child by him. He promises to unite her with Ravi in return for money. He works on her appearance to make Ravi fall for her but Koteeswaran falls in love with her along the way. How the problems are solved forms the rest of the film. The villain is forced to change his mind and accept the dancer and her child. Koteeswaran and Sitha get married and take charge of the home and the children.

The film’s cinematography was by Maruthi Rao and was edited by R.G. Gope and filmed at AVM Studios. The film had excellent music composed by maestro M.S. Viswanathan, with lyrics by Kavingnar Kannadasan. It had melodious songs rendered off screen by T.M. Soundararajan, P. Suseela and L.R. Easwari.

Remembered for: Excellent performances by Sivaji Ganesan, Jayalalithaa, Balaji, Nirmala, Cho, Rama Rao, Thengai Srinivasan, S.N. Lakshmi, and V.K. Ramasamy as a guest artiste. Also for the melodious music and well-choreographed dances.

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