Premaloka in Kannada (transl. World of Love), Paruva Ragam in Tamil (transl. The Melody of Age), is a 1987 bilingual romantic musical film, written and directed by V. Ravichandran in his directorial debut based on the 1982 movie Grease 2.[1] He additionally served as the lead actor and producer under Eshwari Productions.

Premaloka
Premaloka DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover in Kannada
Directed byV. Ravichandran
Written by
Based onGrease 2
by Ken Finkleman
Produced byV. Ravichandran
N. Veeraswamy (presenter)
Starring
CinematographyR. Madhusudan
Edited byK. Balu
Music byHamsalekha
Distributed bySri Eswari Productions
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
  • 147 minutes (Premaloka)
  • 141 minutes (Paruva Ragam)
CountryIndia
Languages
  • Kannada
  • Tamil

Produced simultaneously in Kannada and Tamil, the film stars V. Ravichandran in the lead role alongside debutant Juhi. Leelavathi and Lokesh play supportive roles in the Kannada version while Jai Shankar and Manorama reprise their respective roles in the Tamil version. Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Prabhakar, Srinath, and Urvashi made guest appearances in the film.[2] Thengai Srinivasan, Cho Ramaswamy and Delhi Ganesh portray the respective roles of Ambareesh, Prabhakar, and Srinath, in the Tamil version.[3]

PlotEdit

Plot, songs and character names used are for the Kannada version.

Ravi is a happy-go-lucky young man that goes to a college with a strict, results-focused principal who conflicts with an easy-going professor named Manohar. After passing his exams with a first class result, a joyous Ravi engages in various mischievous acts and ends up coming home dirty; his parents dislike his appearance and are unimpressed by his results, leaving him to confide in the family maid Sharadamma (Thayamma in the Tamil version) that he has never felt loved by his biological parents and she is the only one he sees as family. Nevertheless, he happily goes to the college afterwards (Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare). One day, Shashikala, a woman who is stared at and harassed by men at the market who are attracted to her (Ee Nimbe Hanninantha), meets Ravi accidentally when she throws an egg at him instead of someone else. Some mishaps ensue and they end up falling on an egg cart and then tumble down. Shashikala is admitted to the same college as Ravi; on her first day, she is warned by the principal that he doesn't tolerate any sort of "fooling around" and has to deal with the unrequited attention of her male classmates, but ends up meeting Ravi again in Professor Manohar's class, who falls in love with her and nicknames her "Shashi" (Nodamma Hudugi). On the occasion of the university's diamond jubilee, the director wishes to hold a ceremony to celebrate and get donations. The principals suggestion of a small pooja is rebuked, and Manohar is instead chosen to plan a grand spectacle with the other students. Some rowdies try to derail the planning, but they are held off and the stage is set up without a hitch (Cheluve Ondu Kelthini). However, Shashikala is accosted by the gang and has to hide; unfortunately, she runs into Ravi, who is trying to give her a rose. Despite his obliviousness, they manages to escape. Preparations continue, with Ravi continuing to pursue Shashikala and failing. The rowdies again harass the students and all hope seems lost after the beat up the students who step up the protect the others. However, a mysterious biker rescues the students and beats the rogues up; Shashikala falls in love with him (Yaarivanu Ee Manmathanu). He offers her a ride, but he has to leave when the police arrives, so he gives her his jacket.

Obsessed, Shashikala continues to reject Ravi's advances while fantasizing over the mysterious biker and clutching to his jacket, which confuses her mother and friends (Boy Friend Barthaanantha). Finally, one day the biker meets up with her and they romantically ride together. The night of the show comes around, and the students' musical performance (Premalokadinda) is a big hit. However, the gang comes back to disrupt the afterparty, and Shashikala ends up fainting from the chaos. The biker again saves the students, Shashikala regains consciousness to see him. He takes off hsi helmet and reveals that he is actually Ravi; hesitant at first, Shashikala accepts him as her love. They roam together and think about each other (E Gangu Ee Biku Kalisikodu, Bathroominalli). Behind the scenes, Ravi's parents have arranged his marriage to the Chief Minister's daughter, Rajini, as a way of gaining prestige. Rajini tries to find him with the help of the principal and a cop who happens to be the father of Shashikala. Meanwhile, Shashikala and Ravi continue to roam the countryside and camp out, still madly in love (Idu Nanna Ninna Prema Geethe). However, this comes to an end when the principal informs her of Ravi's arranged marriage; heartbroken, she runs away from him. Although he runs behind and tries to catch her, the gang slows him down and she ultimately gets in her father's police jeep. As she is driven away, Shashikala throws the newspaper announcing the arrangement; Ravi finally releases what has happened and goes home. Ravi is scolded about not following through, and although his parents ask Sharadamma to convince him to accept the marriage, he instead becomes angrier and destroys some objects in a fit of rage. Meanwhile, Shashikala is yelled at and slapped by her parents for daring to love. Finally, Ravi goes to Shashikala's house and sings his grievances while yelling, parkouring, and breaking more things in anger (Mosagaarana). Realising her love for him, the two emotionally reunite and run away the next morning. In response, Shashikala's father claims that Ravi kidnapped Shashikala and send the police after him, but they fail to catch them. Swapping position with a couple in a wedding procession, they are about to tie the knot when the principal, Professor Manohar and their parents confront them. Ravi stirringly argues why love is a human right and they should be allowed to marry; after Professor Manohar, Rajini and the Chief Minister intervene to explain why the couple is right, the parents let them marry. As soon as they are married, though, they escape to the countryside to continue their romantic activities.

CastEdit

Actor (Kannada) Actor (Tamil) Role
V. Ravichandran Ravi
Juhi Chawla Shashikala (Shashi)
Leelavathi Manorama Sharadamma / Thayamma
Lokesh Jai Shankar Ravi's father
Srinath Delhi Ganesh Shashi's father
Thyagu Ravi's friend
Jayachitra Kaveri
Mukhyamantri Chandru Poornam Viswanathan Chief Minister
K. Vijaya Vadivukkarasi Ravi's mother
Prabhakar Cho Ramaswamy College principal
Guest appearances:[a]
Vishnuvardhan Professor Manohar
Ambareesh Thengai Srinivasan Hotel supplier
Urvashi Rohini

ProductionEdit

The film marked the directorial debut of V. Ravichandran.[6] For the lead actress, Ravichandran rejected 52 girls before choosing Juhi Chawla as the heroine.[7] Apart from composing music, Hamsalekha has also written lyrics for all songs and dialogues for the film.[8] When Ravichandran was mulling over the theme of the film, Hamsalekha suggested him to do a musical script on the lines of The Sound of Music and Grease 2.[9]

Jolly Bustin who went on to become a stunt master worked as a body double for Ravichandran.[10][11]

SoundtrackEdit

Premaloka / Paruva Raagam
Soundtrack album by
Released7 May 1986
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length47:39
LabelLahari Music

Hamsalekha composed the music for the film (in his Tamil debut) and also penned the lyrics for the Kannada soundtrack while Vairamuthu penned the lyrics for the Tamil soundtrack. The soundtrack album consists of eleven tracks.[12] The distribution rights were bought by Lahari Music for a hitherto record price of 150,000.[13]

The music and the songs in the film were widely appreciated and created records in the audio cassette sales during the time.[14] Tulsiram Naidu (Lahari Velu) of Lahari Audio, says, "Premaloka continues to be the biggest hit among film music albums in Kannada cinema. Back then audio rights were sold for a pittance and nominally paid 100 or 1,000. With Premaloka things changed and rights began to be sold in lakhs".[15] The lyrics of the soundtrack also received acclaim from critics.[16]

The soundtrack sold 3.8 million units, setting a record for South Indian soundtrack albums.[17]

The lyrics of two songs from Grease 2Back to School Again and Who's That Guy? were retained as Hogona Kaalejige and Yaarivanu, respectively. Another song Premalokadinda Banda was an adaptation of the 1963 Taiwanese Hokkien pop song "Cup (in the) Shadow".[18][19][20][21]

Kannada versionEdit

All lyrics are written by Hamsalekha.

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Premalokadinda"S. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas4:34
2."Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:31
3."Ee Nimbe Hanninantha"Ramesh2:59
4."Nodamma Hudugi"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Latha Hamsalekha5:14
5."Cheluve Ondu Kelthini"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:19
6."Yaarivanu Ee Manmathanu"S. Janaki4:49
7."Boy Friend Barthaanantha"S. Janaki4:25
8."E Gangu Ee Biku Kalisikodu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:44
9."Idu Nanna Ninna Prema Geethe"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
10."Mosagaarana"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
11."Bathroominalli"Vani Jayaram2:10
Total length:47:39

Tamil versionEdit

All lyrics are written by Vairamuthu.

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kadhal Illai"S. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas4:34
2."Paadum ilam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:31
3."Oru Minnal Pola"Ramesh2:59
4."Kelamma Kelamma"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:14
5."Poove Unnai Nesithen"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:19
6."Yaar Evano"S. Janaki4:49
7."Adea Amma Kannu"S. Janaki4:25
8."Hey Maama Vandi Otta"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:44
9."Oru Aanum Pennum"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
10."Mosakaarana Naan"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
11."Vanavillai Parthen"Vani Jayaram2:10
Total length:47:39

Telugu versionEdit

All lyrics are written by Rajashri[22].

Track list[22]
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Paruvam Needenani"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:57
2."Satileni Premalokam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:35
3."Toli Aasalu Pongee"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
4."Boy Friend – Boy Friend"S. Janaki4:23
5."Nuvve Nenani Thalachaane"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:18
6."Chilakamma Chittemma"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela5:14
7."Oka Muddabanthi"M. Ramesh2:58
8."Evare Veedu"S. Janaki4:54
9."Eh Mama Biku Nerpava"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:45
10."Mosagaadina"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:22
11."Levandi Premikulu"P. Susheela2:09
Total length:48:14

Box-officeEdit

The film opened to an underwhelming response for "first few days" and was almost declared as failure "for the first three weeks". However, due to positive word-of-mouth, the film became successful a month after the release.[23] However, Paruva Ragam underperformed due to competition from other bigger films.[24][25]

LegacyEdit

One of the songs, Nodamma Hudugi, was reused by Sundeep Malani for his Kanglish film SMS 6260 featuring Diganth, Kiran, Janu.[26] Hamsalekha would go on to compose music for many more Ravichandran films. This film established V. Ravichandran as new entry star in Kannada film industry.

Premaloka was dubbed in Telugu as Premalokam. Juhi Chawla recalling her experiences stated that "My 45-day shoot for Premaloka ensured that going on the set of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a cakewalk. The other good thing about Premaloka was that the team was young, so it was like college buddies hanging out. [..] Since the film was a musical, it was like a party on the set. The only senior person there was our cinematographer. I fondly look back at my stint in Kannada cinema during my early days as the foundation for my career in Bollywood".[6]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Both versions credit the following actors as making guest appearances in the film. The Kannada version additionally credits Prabhakar, Srinath, and Lokesh as making guest appearances in the film[4] while the Tamil version does not credit their respective actors (namely Cho Ramaswamy, Delhi Ganesh, and Jai Shankar) as making guest appearances.[5]

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  4. ^ Prema Loka (VCD): opening credits from 0.05 to 5.03
  5. ^ Paruva Ragam (VCD): opening credits from 0.00 to 5.03
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  16. ^ "The sparkling native pen". The Hindu. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Bahubali audio sold for Rs 3 cr, sets record". The Times of India. 21 May 2015.
  18. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zdogmznNF24&feature=youtu.be
  19. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vFy2lbOfKCk
  20. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PUgey_WLyPU&feature=youtu.be
  21. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fAj8mCGOWPw&feature=youtu.be
  22. ^ a b "Prema Lokam". Spotify. August 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
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  25. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=P9oYG7HA76QC&dat=19870710&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  26. ^ "From text to film". The Hindu. 3 June 2006.

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