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. 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. It was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu, and was dubbed and released in Hindi. 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. Its music is composed by V. Dakshinamoorthy and popular playback singer Mehboob debuted through this film. It is a remake of the Hindi film Jeevan Naiya with revised screenplay.
|Directed by||K. Vembu|
|Produced by||K. V. Koshi|
|Written by||Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai|
|Story by||K&K Productions|
|Starring||Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair|
B. S. Saroja
|Music by||V. Dakshinamoorthy|
|Cinematography||P. B. Mani|
|Edited by||S. Williams|
|Budget||₹ 5 lakhs|
|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. The song Vanaraniye enthan manaraniye sung by Thiruchi Loganathan and P. Leela was a popular number.
- Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair as Soman
- B. S. Saroja as Lakshmi
- Adhimoolam as Kaniyan
- Pankajavalli as Janu
- S. P. Pillai as
- Nanukuttan as Zamindar
- Sebastian Kunjukunju Bhagavathar as Soman's brother
- Support cast
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.
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