Jeevitha Nouka

Jeevitha Nouka (English: The Boat of Life) is a 1951 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by K. Vembu and jointly produced by K. V. Koshi and Kunchako. It was the first "blockbuster film" in Malayalam cinema, with a theatrical run of 284 days.[2][3] Made at a budget of 5 lakhs, the film did extremely well at the box office, such that very few films could surpass it later.[1] It was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu, and was dubbed and released in Hindi.[4] The film portrayed the life of simple folk in a small village in Kerala. It stars Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair and B. S. Saroja in the lead roles, with the latter making her debut and the former in his first major role.[5] Its music is composed by V. Dakshinamoorthy and popular playback singer Mehboob debuted through this film.[4] It is a remake of the Hindi film Jeevan Naiya with revised screenplay.

Jeevitha Nouka
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The advertisement of the Malayalam version of the film
Directed byK. Vembu
Produced byK. V. Koshi
Written byMuthukulam Raghavan Pillai
Story byK&K Productions
StarringThikkurissi Sukumaran Nair
B. S. Saroja
Music byV. Dakshinamoorthy
CinematographyP. B. Mani
Edited byS. Williams
Release date
  • 15 March 1951 (1951-03-15)
Running time
170 minutes
Budget 5 lakhs[1]
Box office 30 lakhs

The Tamil version was titled Pichaikkaari (English: Lady beggar) and released on 18 May 1951. Vidwan P. Adhimoolan wrote the dialogues and lyrics.[6] The song Vanaraniye enthan manaraniye sung by Thiruchi Loganathan and P. Leela was a popular number.

Malayalam CastEdit

Support cast

Tamil CastEdit

Box officeEdit

The film was considered as the first "Super Hit" status Malayalam film. The film was both critical and commercial success and ran over 284 days in theatres.[7]


  1. ^ a b M. A. Oommen, Kumbattu Varkey Joseph (1991). Economics of Indian cinema. India: Oxford & IBH Publications. p. 50. ISBN 81-204-0575-7.
  2. ^ Thoraval, Yves (1998). The cinemas of India (Les Cinemas de L lnde) (in French). France: Macmillan India. ISBN 0-333-93410-5.
  3. ^ Kerala Sahitya Academy (1998). Malayalam literary survey Volume 20, Issue 1. Malayalam literary survey. India: Macmillan India. p. 23.
  4. ^ a b B. Vijayakumar (16 August 2008). "Jeevitha Nouka 1951". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 October 2016.
  5. ^ National Film Development Corporation of India (1991). Cinema in India: Volume 2. Cinema in India. India. ISBN 0-333-93410-5.
  6. ^ Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017.
  7. ^ "J for Jeevitha Nauka (1951)". 20 April 2012.

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