Mangamma Sabatham (1943 film)

Mangamma Sabatham (transl. Mangamma's vow) is a 1943 Indian Tamil language film, starring Vasundhara Devi, Ranjan, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram. The film was produced by S. S. Vasan and directed by T. G. Raghavanchari, credited as Acharya.[1] The film was remade in Hindi as Mangala (1950), in Telugu as Mangala (1951), in Sinhala as Mathalan (1955) and again in Telugu as Mangamma Sapatham (1965).

Mangamma Sabatham
Mangamma Sabatham 1943 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAcharya
Produced byS. S. Vasan
Written byAcharya
Music byS. Rajeswara Rao
M. D. Parthasarathy
Edited byChandru
Distributed byGemini Studios
Release date
  • 30 July 1943 (1943-07-30)


Mangamma, a village girl, is humiliated by a prince and vows to take revenge. She vows to make the prince marry her and have a child who would whip the prince in the court. However, her plans are almost foiled when the prince imprisons her when she tries to seduce him. The story revolves on how she tricks him into falling in love with her and begets a son through the prince who ultimately whips him in court.


Adapted from the song book:[2]

  • Vasundhara as Mangamma
  • Ranjan as Sugunan, Jayapalan
  • P. A. Subbaiah Pillai as Venkatachalam
  • P. N. Seshagiri Bhagavathar as King
  • P. V. Rao as Minister
  • P. Appanna Iyengar as Adappakkaran
  • Puliyoor Duraisami Iyer as Guard
  • M. Ramamurthi as Sumathi
  • A. S. Leelavathi as Rathi
  • Kolathu Mani as Acrobat
  • Ramasami as Sarangi
  • N. S. Krishnan as Sathan
  • T. A. Mathuram as Yamuna


Mangamma Sabatham is the first film that N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram featured for Gemini Studios. Krishnan trained hard to do the tight-rope walking scene himself without using a double.[1]


Music was composed by S. Rajeswara Rao and M. D. Parthasarathy while the lyrics were penned by Papanasam Sivan and Kothamangalam Subbu.[2]

No Song Singer Lyricist Raga Length
1 "Puththiyulla Manithar Enraal" Vasundhara Kothamangalam Subbu Maand 02:44
2 "Anjaathae Nee Vaa" Vasundhara Kothamangalam Subbu 01:41
3 "Vanna Puraavae Nee Yaar" Ranjan Kothamangalam Subbu 01:51
4 "Aanantham Ithae" Vasundhara 01:53
5 "Ayyaiyaiya Solla Vetkamaguthae" Vasundara
6 "Jayame Jayame" Vasundara Devi Papanasam Sivan Bilahari 02:04

Release and receptionEdit

Mangamma Sabatham was released on 30 July 1943.[3] The Indian Express wrote that despite the lengthy running time, it was "a perfect artistic unit in every detail".[4] According to film historian Randor Guy, the film netted a profit of 4 million (US$56,000).[5]


Mangamma Sabatham was remade in Hindi in 1950,[6] and Telugu in 1951, both titled Mangala.[7][8] A Sinhala remake Mathalan was released in 1955.[9] A second Telugu remake, Mangamma Sapatham, was released in 1965.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Guy, Randor (23 November 2007). "Blast from the past". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b மங்கம்மா சபதம் (song book) (in Tamil). Gemini Studios. 1943.
  3. ^ "Mangamma Sabatham". The Indian Express. 30 July 1943. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Mangamma Sabatham". The Indian Express. 7 August 1943. p. 4.
  5. ^ Guy, Randor (December 2008). "... And thus he made Chandralekha sixty years ago". Madras Musings. Vol. XVIII. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ Ranga Rao, V.A.K. "Hindi film dance". Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  7. ^ మంగళ (song book) (in Telugu). Gemini Studios. 1950. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul, eds. (1998) [1994]. Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press. p. 323. ISBN 0-19-563579-5.
  9. ^ Muthiah, S. (14 May 2018). "Lester and Ceylon's films". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2021.

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