Anubavi Raja Anubavi

Anubavi Raja Anubavi (transl. Experience it boy, experience it) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language comedy film written and directed by K. Balachander.[2] It stars Nagesh along with R. Muthuraman, Rajasree and Jayabharathi. The film was remade in Hindi as Do Phool (1973),[3] in Malayalam as Aanandham Paramaanandham (1977), in Kannada as Kittu Puttu (1977) and in Marathi as Changu Mangu (1990).[4]

Anubavi Raja Anubavi
Anubavi Raja Anubavi poster.jpg
Directed byK. Balachander
Screenplay byK. Balachander
Story byRama. Arangannal
Produced byV. R. Annamalai
M. R. M. Arunachalam
R. Muthuraman
CinematographyNemai Ghosh
Edited byN. R. Kittu
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
Ayya Films
Release date
Running time
177 minutes[1]


A man experiences culture shock after arriving in Madras for the first time.[5]



Anubavi Raja Anubavi was directed by K. Balachander, who wrote the screenplay based on a story by Rama Arangannal.[6][1] The film was produced by V. R. Annamalai and M. R. M. Arunachalam under Ayya Films. Cinematography was handled by Nemai Ghosh, and editing by N. R. Kittu.[1] The song "Madras Nalla Madras", picturised on Nagesh, was filmed on the roads of Madras (now Chennai).[6][7]


Music was composed by M. S. Viswanathan, while the lyrics were written by Kannadasan.[8] According to Udhav Naig of The Hindu, "Madras Nalla Madras" was one of the first songs that tried to provide a commentary on life in the city.[9] References to how no-one goes slow on the road or speaks good Tamil were also seen in the song.[10] Like most songs in Balachander's films, the lyrics were satirical in nature.[11] "Muthukulikka Vaareergala" was sung in the Thoothukudi dialect.[12][13]

Tamil track list

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Muthukulikka Vaareergala" L. R. Eswari, T. M. Soundararajan, M. S. Viswanathan Kannadasan 03:34
2 "Anubavi Raja Anubavi" L. R. Eswari, P. Susheela 03:28
3 "Madras Nalla Madras" T. M. Soundararajan 03:13
4 "Azhagirukkuthu" Sirkazhi Govindarajan, T. M. Soundararajan 03:18
5 "Maanendru Pennukkoru" P. Susheela 4:47

Telugu track list

The Telugu language lyrics were written by Anisetty Subbarao.[14]

No. Song Singers Length
1 "Malleteega Poosindiraa" L. R. Eswari, Ghantasala 03:34
2 "Anubhavincu Raja Anubhavincu" L. R. Eswari, P. Susheela 03:28
3 "Madrasu Vinta Madrasu" Pithapuram Nageswara Rao 03:13
4 "Andalucinde Jagatilo" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Pithapuram Nageswara Rao 03:18
5 "Maatallo Mallelloni" P. Susheela 4:47


The Indian Express wrote, "The whole narration, a complete botch, is further burdened by unconvincing romantic complications. Besides under the curiously limp and unvaried direction of Balachander, the notable cast gives a somewhat dispirited performance."[15] The film was a box office hit.[6]


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  3. ^ Narayan, Hari (15 November 2016). "KB's continuum". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ Sing, Bobby (15 December 2020). "CinemaScope: David Dhawan, Govinda and their world of remakes". The Free Press Journal. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Chennai in the eyes of Cinema". The New Indian Express. 13 October 2017. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Guy, Randor (10 December 2016). "Anubavi Raja Anubavi". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  7. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (27 August 2019). "When Madras cast a spell on Tamil movies". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 17 September 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Anubhavi Raja Anubhavi". Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  9. ^ Naig, Udhav (20 August 2014). "Madras by day, by night and by song". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 September 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  10. ^ "How Madras Tamil jazzed up movies". The Hindu. 30 August 2011. Archived from the original on 1 October 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  11. ^ Raman, Sruthi Ganapathy (22 August 2017). "Madras Day: The film songs that best capture the city's diverse spirit". Archived from the original on 11 November 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  12. ^ Pudipeddi, Haricharan (17 August 2011). "The city in celluloid". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 October 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  13. ^ "நெல்லைத் தமிழில் எழுதிய பாடல்" [The song written in Nellai Tamil]. Dina Thanthi (in Tamil). 14 February 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  14. ^ "అనుభవించు రాజా అనుభవించు – 1968 (డబ్బింగ్)" [Anubhavincu Raaja Anubhavincu – 1968 (Dubbing)]. Ghantasala Galamrutamu (in Telugu). Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  15. ^ "'Anubavi Raja Anubavi' a senseless film". The Indian Express. 27 July 1967. p. 3.

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