Gopurangal Saivathillai

Gopurangal Saivathillai (transl.Gopurams do not tilt) is a 1982 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Manivannan and produced by P. Kalaimani. The film stars Mohan, Suhasini and Radha, while S. Ve. Shekher and Vinu Chakravarthy play supporting roles. It revolves around a man who is forcibly married to a woman he deems unattractive, and later begins a relationship with another woman.

Gopurangal Saivathillai
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Directed byManivannan
Screenplay byManivannan
Story byP. Kalaimani
Produced byP. Kalaimani
StarringMohan
Suhasini
Radha
CinematographyA. Sabapathy
Edited byL. Kesavan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Everest Films
Release date
  • 15 October 1982 (1982-10-15)
Running time
135 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Gopurangal Saivathillai is the directorial debut of Manivannan who wrote the screenplay from Kalaimani's story. It was released on 15 October 1982. The film was remade in Telugu as Mukku Pudaka (1983) with Suhasini reprising her role; in Kannada as Brahma Gantu (1985); and in Hindi as Naseeb Apna Apna (1986). The film was also the inspiration behind two Tamil TV series: Kasthuri (2006) and Sundari (2021).

PlotEdit

Arukkani is an illiterate village girl, and her father is upset at having not been able to find her a suitable groom. One day, her father meets his old friend Bhoothalingam and shares his sadness with him; Bhoothalingam proposes that his son Murali marry her, and Arukkani's father accepts. Murali is a handsome, educated man and a successful sales manager. On hearing of his father's plans, he is excited to meet his future bride. However, on his wedding day, he is shocked to see Arukkani, whom he considers ugly. He only begrudgingly marries her. Murali continues to resent her deeply for the way she looks.

Later, Murali takes a transfer through work to Bangalore, leaving behind his father and wife. In Bangalore, he becomes friendly with his modern and stylish colleague, Julie. They fall in love, marry, and start their life. Two months later, Murali gets a telegram that his mother is sick and rushes home to find that it was a ruse. His dad forces him to take Arukkani with him to Bangalore. Grudgingly, Murali brings her to Bangalore and purposefully loses her in the railway station. However, as a twist of fate, Julie's elder brother Stanley meets Arukkani and brings her to their house that night. Arukkani is shocked upon discovering the truth but keeps quiet on her husband's name to save Murali. Julie hires Arukkani as a stay-in maid until her supposed husband returns. She eventually transforms Arukkani into a brown-skinned beauty and somewhat civilized girl.

A month later, both Arukkani and Murali's fathers make a visit to them. Arukkani's father discovers the truth and is shocked to the core, but Arukkani convinces him to not to reveal the truth to Murali's father, fearing for her husband's safety. Arukkani's father agrees with a heavy heart. He convinces Murali's father to leave at midnight so as to leave the couple at privacy. Both Murali and Stanley start to like Arukkani. Finally, Julie learns the truth and sends Murali away with Arukkani, keeping her own pregnancy a secret.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Gopurangal Saivathillai is the directorial debut of Manivannan,[3] and was initially titled Arukkani.[4]

SoundtrackEdit

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."En Purushanthan"MuthulingamS. P. Sailaja, B. S. Sasirekha4:05
2."Oorengum"Gangai AmaranIlaiyaraaja3:58
3."Poo Vaadaikatru"VairamuthuS. Janaki, Krishnachandran3:57
4."Pudhichalum Pudichen"Avinashi ManiKrishnachandran4:14
5."Vaadi Samanja"VaaliP. Susheela4:08
Total length:20:22

Release and receptionEdit

Gopurangal Saivathillai was released on 15 October 1982.[7] Kalki appreciated the film for its story, Manivannan's direction and Suhasini's performance.[8]

Other versionsEdit

Gopurangal Saivathillai was remade in Telugu as Mukku Pudaka (1983) with Suhasini reprising her role;[9] in Kannada as Brahma Gantu (1985);[10] and in Hindi as Naseeb Apna Apna (1986).[11] The film was also the inspiration behind two Tamil TV series: Kasthuri (2006) and Sundari (2021).[12]

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (17 October 2019). "பாக்யராஜுக்கும் மணிவண்ணனுக்கும் கத்திச்சண்டை; 'கோபுரங்கள் சாய்வதில்லை' - அப்பவே அப்படி கதை". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 18 October 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  8. ^ "கோபுரங்கள் சாய்வதில்லை". Kalki (in Tamil). 5 December 1982. p. 40. Archived from the original on 13 September 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  9. ^ "భార్య రూపం కన్నా హృదయం ముఖ్యమని చెప్పే". Sakshi (in Telugu). 21 April 2017. Archived from the original on 7 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  10. ^ Arunachalam, Param (14 April 2020). BollySwar: 1981–1990. Mavrix Infotech. p. 784. ISBN 9788193848227.
  11. ^ "Bollywood has an offensive history of using blackface – and it's still doing it". Scroll.in. 5 November 2019. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  12. ^ "டாப் கியரில் செல்லும் சன் டிவி சுந்தரி சீரியல்.. கதையில் அப்படி ஒரு ட்விஸ்ட்!". News18 (in Tamil). 5 January 2022. Archived from the original on 22 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.

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