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Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam (1958)

Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam

Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam  

Star cast: Gemini Ganesh, K.Savithri, S. V. Ranga Rao, T.S. Balaiah, K.A. Thangavelu, T.R.Ramachandran, Jamuna, E.V.Saroja, K. Sarangapani , T.P. Muthulakshmi, A.Karunanidhi, L.Narayana Rao , Vadhiraj, ‘Satam Pillai’ Venkatraman, V.M. Ezhumalai, R.Nageshwara Rao , Pakkirisami

Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam was a social satirical comedy directed by L. V. Prasad. The trio — Nagi Reddy, Chakrapani, and L. V. Prasad — specialised in comedies, mostly satires on the culture of South Indians, which found ready acceptance. This film was one such satire on people living lavishly by borrowing money and resorting to all kinds of tricks to avoid repayment.

For Ramalingam (T. S. Balaiah), borrowing is a way of life, and he has no intention of repaying his debts. And his father (L. Narayana Rao), who objects to his attitude, gets locked up in a room. Another big shot, Karunakaram Pillai (S. V. Ranga Rao), meanwhile, lives a pompous life and loves to show off.

His assistant, Namasivayam (K. A. Thangavelu) believes in doing good to others and plans to expose his boss. The hero of Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam, Gemini Ganesh, is a patriot, and is in love with Manjula (Savithri). Another young woman (Jamuna) pretends to be dumb. There are three pairs of lovers, Gemini Ganesan and Savithri, Thangavelu and E. V. Saroja and T. R. Ramachandran and Jamuna.

The hero wears many disguises—from maharaja to a saint—in order to teach lessons to fake people. In the end, an important truth is revealed, with all the three pairs getting married.

Vadhiraj, a successful comedian and star of Kannada cinema, plays an interesting role in the film, with his dialogue being appreciated for wittiness.

This film was remade in Telugu a year later as Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu, and had N. T. Rama Rao playing the lead role. Despite the good performances and music, Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam had only an average run at the box office.

The film was written by Chakrapani and Sadhasivabramham, with the Tamil dialogue and lyrics by Thanjai Ramaiah Das.

Cinematography was by Marcus Bartley and contributed in good measure to the appeal of the movie. Music was composed by maestro S. Rajeswara Rao. Art direction was by Gokhale and Kaladhar. A dance drama performed by E. V. Saroja in the film was choreographed by P. Krishnamurthi.

Popular singers like A. M. Rajah, Sirgazhi Govindarajan, S. C. Krishnan, P. Leela, P. Susheela and Ratnamala contributed to this film, and one song, ‘Thoothukudi Saathukudi…’ became a big hit.

Remembered for: The music, and good performances by Gemini Ganesh, and Savithri

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