Maalaiyitta Mangai (transl. The woman who garlanded) is a 1958 Tamil-language film directed by G. R. Nathan and produced by Kannadasan under his own production company Kannadhasan Films. The film's soundtrack was composed by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy. The film stars T. R. Mahalingam, Pandari Bai and Mynavathi in lead roles, with Manorama (in her acting debut), Kaka Radhakrishnan and C. Lakshmi Rajyam in supporting roles. It is based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Chandra Nath.
|Directed by||G. R. Nathan|
|Based on||Chandra Natha|
by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
|Starring||T. R. Mahalingam |
|Cinematography||G. R. Nathan|
|27 June 1958|
Chandru is a guy who studies in London and returns to Trichy. He lives with his aunt, Alankari and uncle and their daughter Kamalam. Kamalam is in love with Chandru but Chandru doesn't reciprocate it. Chandru goes to Madras to meet his friends family. There, he meets Sarasu and they fall in love. Sarasu is from a poor family. They both get married and he brings her to Trichy. Kamalam hates Sarasu in the beginning but when Sarasu is ready to give up her husband for Kamalam, she realises Sarasu's generous and gentle nature and they both become close. Sarasu gets pregnant and during the bangle ceremony, Alankari gets a picture of Sarasu's mother, Chellam and tells everyone that Chellam became pregnant after her husband went to jail and she is characterless. Chandru's mind changes and he makes Sarasu leave the house to uphold his family values. Sarasu comes to Madras and finds that her mother is dead and her father is in jail again. She finds a letter written by her mother which says she got pregnant by her father who used to escape from jail and meet her at night and that they both run away to Madras. This letter proves her mother's character. Sarasu delivers a boy and Kamalam's marriage arrangements are made with Chandru. Kamalam chastises Chandru for throwing the pregnant Sarasu out and says he will be a man only if he brings her back. Chandru realises his mistake and goes to apologise to Sarasu. He meets with an accident and Sarasu donates her blood and nurses him back to health. Sarasu becomes weak and on her death bed unites Chandru and Kamalam and dies.
Maalaiyitta Mangai was the adaptation of the novel Chandra Nath by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The film marked the acting debut of Manorama. In an interview, she recalled that it was Kannadasan who insisted her to perform the comical role for the film as portraying such characters would cement her status in the industry.
Music was composed by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy and all lyrics were written by Kannadasan. According to Scroll.in writer Sruthisagar Yamunan, the song "Engal Dhraavida Ponnaade" was a "direct challenge to the Congress party's version of nationalism". according to M.S. Viswanathan, all songs in this film were first written by Kannadasan and then only were they set to the tunes by MSV.
|1||"Sendhamizh Thenmozhiyaal"||T. R. Mahalingam||Kannadasan||04:26|
|2||"Engal Dhraavida Ponnaade"||T. R. Mahalingam||03:25|
|3||"Naan Indri Yaar Vaaruvaar"||T. R. Mahalingam & A. P. Komala||03:28|
|4||"Sendhamizh Thenmozhiyaal"||K. Jamuna Rani||04:48|
|5||"Ammaa Unnai Kondu Vanatthile"||V. N. Sundharam||01:05|
|6||"Akkarai Cheemaikku Pona Macchaan"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan & K. Jamuna Rani||04:10|
|7||"Maalayitta Mana Mudichu"||K. Jamuna Rani||03:28|
|8||"Mazhai Kooda Oru Naalil"||M. S. Rajeswari||03:43|
|9||"Illaram Onre Nallaram"||P. Suseela||04:11|
|10||"Saattai Illaa Pambarampol"||Thiruchi Loganathan & M. S. Rajeswari
dialogues by Pandari Bai
|11||"Thingal Mudi Soodum Malai"||T. R. Mahalingam||02:22|
|12||"Inaadum Immozhiyum.... Vetri Thrunaade"||A. P. Komala||02:26|
|13||"Annaiyin Naattai Pagaivargal"||T. S. Bagavathi||02:12|
|14||"Vil Enge Kanai Enge"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan||02:04|
|15||"Annam Pola Pennirukku"||P. Suseela||03:26|
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