Mouna Geethangal

Mouna Geethangal (transl. Silent Melodies) is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film, directed by K. Bhagyaraj. The film stars Bhagyaraj himself alongside Saritha. It revolves around a man attempting to reconcile with his estranged ex-wife after five years.

Mouna Geethangal
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Directed byK. Bhagyaraj
Written byK. Bhagyaraj
Produced byK. Gobinathan
Starring
CinematographyB. S. Basaviraj
Edited byT. Rajasekhar
Music byGangai Amaran
Production
company
Bhagavathi Creations
Release date
  • 23 January 1981 (1981-01-23)
Running time
148 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

The inspiration for the story came to Bhagyaraj from Jayakanthan's short story Unmai Sudum, and his own personal life. The film was produced by K. Gobinathan under Bhagavathi Creations, photographed by B. S. Basaviraj and edited by T. Rajasekhar, with music composed by Gangai Amaran. When the film was still under production, Bhagyaraj published the story in serial format in the magazine Kumudam.

Mouna Geethangal was released on 23 January 1981, and became a commercial success, running for over 25 weeks in theatres. In the same year it was remade in Hindi as Ek Hi Bhool and in Telugu as Sathyabhama. In 1991 it was remade in Malayalam as Chanchattam and in 1993 in Kannada as Mane Devru.

PlotEdit

Job candidates Raghunathan and Suguna appear for an interview. When Suguna learns that Raghu is more qualified than her and has better chances of getting selected, she poses as the manager of the organisation and tells Raghu that the vacancy is already filled, and he would be considered for a vacancy that is likely to arise after a week. Raghu believes her and leaves, and Suguna gets selected. Soon Raghu lands at Suguna's house with goods and gifts for her family members and pressurises Suguna to recommend his name for the vacancy he had discussed with him. Suguna gets worried and tries to avoid Raghu. Coincidentally, a vacancy arises and when an advertisement is released, Raghu attends the interview. Impressed with Raghu's qualifications and talents, the owner appoints him as the Assistant Manager. On joining duty, Raghu learns of Suguna's manipulation. Though initially angered, he gets attracted to her intelligence and falls in love with her. She too falls in love with him and they marry.

After marriage, Suguna quits her job and becomes a housewife. She becomes possessive of Raghu and slightly insecure about his fidelity, and declares she will commit suicide if he indulges in adultery. Raghu leads a righteous life with her. He gets introduced to Suguna's friend Jaya, a widow, who seeks the couple's help to sort out an issue relating to her deceased husband's insurance claim. On Suguna's request, Raghu helps Jaya. Later when Raghu is going to Jaya's house, his clothes become soiled and he goes to a bathroom of Jaya's house to wash. Jaya and Raghu end up having sex, but later regret it. Unable to cope with suppressing this fact from Suguna, Raghu comes home drunk. Raghu's behaviour makes Suguna suspicious and she discovers the truth. Devastated, she returns to her original house. Suguna's father says that her life should be with her husband, otherwise she should live on her own. Suguna files for and receives divorce, later realising she is pregnant. She delivers a boy named Suresh and struggles with him.

Five years later, when Suguna and Suresh travel to Madras via bus, they meet Raghu. After reaching Madras, Suguna sees that Raghu is the new manager in her office. She tries to resign, but ultimately does not. Raghu tries to justify his predicament but Suguna continues to avoid him. He leases the house opposite Suguna's and tries to befriend Suresh, much to Suguna's annoyance. Suresh realises that Raghu is his father and bonds with him. Meanwhile, Suguna berates a colleague for inappropriate behaviour and he apologises, slowly comes closer to Suguna and she trusts him. When Suguna learns that Raghu leaves office everyday to be with their son, she tries to threaten him. Raghu gives her 30 days to return to him, threatening to take a strong decision if she fails. During these 30 days, various incidents taking place in Suguna's life change her perception about men, specifically Raghu. Suguna learns that Raghu had been financially supporting her father.

Later, the colleague whom Suguna trusted boasts to the other employees about having an affair with Suguna. To "prove" it, he enacts a drama. He asks her to come to a lodge to take her son, who is believed to have been kidnapped, but locks her in the room. 15 minutes later, he goes out and pretends to have had sex with her. As a result, the entire office speaks ill of Suguna. She is devastated, but becomes pleasantly surprised when she overhears Raghu's comment on her character. Raghu says she is like fire as she would never allow anyone to touch her; if anyone did, she would burn them and herself. Raghu beats the colleague and forces him to openly confess. Suguna regrets misunderstanding Raghu and not forgiving him. She decides to return to Raghu, only to realise the 30-day deadline has ended, and he is remarrying. Suguna fails to stop the marriage and decides to commit suicide along with Suresh; he refuses and requests to live with his father. Before Suguna can commit suicide, however, she learns that the "remarriage" was merely an act. The family reunites.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The inspiration for the story of Mouna Geethangal came to K. Bhagyaraj from Unmai Sudum, a short story by Jayakanthan, and Bhagyaraj's own personal life. Bhagyaraj's then fiancé was possessive about him during their courtship days, and could not tolerate even small mistakes from him.[3] In an interview with S. Shiva Kumar for Mid-Day, Bhagyaraj said, "Mouna Geethangal is a real story. It is something that happens to everybody or his neighbour".[4] Besides writing the script and directing, Bhagyaraj also starred as the lead actor. The film was produced by K. Gobinathan under Bhagavathi Creations, photographed by B. S. Basaviraj and edited by T. Rajasekhar.[1] When the film was still under production, Bhagyaraj published the story as a serial in the magazine Kumudam.[5][6]

SoundtrackEdit

The music was composed by Gangai Amaran.[7][8] The song "Mookuthi Poo Melae" is set in Mayamalavagowla raga.[9][10]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Mookuthi Poo Melae"VaaliK. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:51
2."Daddy Daddy"MuthulingamMalaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki4:02
3."Mookuthi Poo Melae" (sad)VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:37
4."Masamo Margazhi Maasam"KannadasanMalaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki4:14

Release and receptionEdit

Mouna Geethangal was released on 23 January 1981.[2] On 8 February 1981, Ananda Vikatan gave the film an A rating, praising the screenplay and Bhagyaraj for integrating humour into the main story rather than making it a subplot. The reviewer also praised the lead actors for living through their roles.[11] The Indian Express wrote, "Mouna Geethangal is a different movie, good for a family audience".[12] The film was a commercial success, running for over 25 weeks in Indian theatres.[13] It was also successful in Malaysia, where it grossed almost $100,000 during its 43-day run in three theatres at Kuala Lumpur.[14]

RemakesEdit

Year Film Language Ref.
1981 Sathyabhama Telugu [15]
1981 Ek Hi Bhool Hindi [16]
1991 Chanchattam Malayalam [17]
1993 Mane Devru Kannada

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dhananjayan 2011, p. 54.
  2. ^ a b c d ராம்ஜி, வி. (31 May 2020). "'முந்தானை முடிச்சு' போலவே 'மெளன கீதங்கள்' ; 'ஆல்டைம்' ஹிட்டடிக்கும் பாக்யராஜின் திரைக்கதை ஜாலம்!". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  3. ^ Dhananjayan 2011, p. 55.
  4. ^ Shiva Kumar, S. (2 January 1983). "Bhagyaraj: Playing the MGR role". Mid-Day. p. 25. Archived from the original on 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  5. ^ "பழஞ்சோறு.....பழஞ்சோறு.....பழஞ்சோறு..." (PDF). Vaikarai (in Tamil). 16 September 2004. p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 April 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  6. ^ Rajendran, Gopinath (29 September 2019). "Direction Dreams: Inexperienced directors are ruining the lives of producers". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Mouna Geethangal Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Gangai Ameran". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 25 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Mouna Geethangal (1981)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ Mani, Charulatha (11 November 2011). "A Raga's Journey – The magic of Mayamalavagowla". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  10. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 144. OCLC 295034757.
  11. ^ "மெளன கீதங்கள்". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 8 February 1981. Archived from the original on 26 April 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Mouna Geethangal". New Straits Times. 15 August 1981. p. 19. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  13. ^ Dhananjayan 2011, p. 56.
  14. ^ Vijiyin, K. (24 October 1981). "The problems of local Tamil film distributors". New Straits Times. p. 18. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  15. ^ Sri (12 June 2010). "K.Bhaagya Raj – Chitchat". Telugucinema.com. p. 2. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  16. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (15 February 1984). "K. Bhagyaraj; The reigning king in the world of Madras film Hollywood". India Today. Archived from the original on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  17. ^ Arunachalam, Param (2020). BollySwar: 1981–1990. Mavrix Infotech. pp. 22–23. ISBN 9788193848227.

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