Rajee En Kanmani (English: Rajee, my darling) is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by K. J. Mahadevan and produced by S. S. Vasan. The film stars T. R. Ramachandran and Sriranjani Jr. A remake of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931), it was remade in Telugu with the title Rajee Naa Pranam in the same year.
|Rajee En Kanmani|
|Directed by||K. J. Mahadevan|
|Written by||Sangu Subramaniam (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||K. J. Mahadevan|
|Story by||K. J. Mahadevan|
|Based on||City Lights|
by Charlie Chaplin
|Produced by||S. S. Vasan|
|Starring||T. R. Ramachandran|
|Cinematography||C. A. S. Mani|
|Edited by||M. Umanatha Rao|
|Music by||S. Hanumantha Rao|
Ramu is a homeless orphan. He saves a flower-seller girl, Rajee from a car accident. Rajee is blind. Ramu takes pity on her and helps her in selling flowers. Love develops between them. Ramu happens to know an eye specialist. He takes Rajee to him for consultation. The doctor says her eye sight could be restored but it will cost 1000 rupees. Ramu wants to earn the money by some way. He accepts a challenge by a boxing stalwart and wins the prize money. But two crooks rob the money from Ramu. Then Ramu helps a drunken rich businessman. The rich man gives the money to Ramu as a present. Ramu pays the doctor. Ramu is arrested by the police on a false charge of theft and sent to prison.
In the meantime, the doctor performs the surgery and Rajee regains eye sight. She is longing to see Ramu but there is no news about him. Ramu tries to escape from the prison and gets caught. His sentence is extended. Rajee's aunt, who was her only support, dies. The house owner tries to advance on the helpless Rajee. She decides to end her life by drowning in the sea. At the nick of time, she is saved by a woman who is none other than the doctor's mother. She takes Rajee to home. Rajee starts working as a nurse with the doctor.
The doctor starts falling in love with Rajee but finds her mind is set with Ramu. There is another woman, Roopa, who has a one-sided love with the doctor. She finds the doctor is interested in Rajee and precipitates matters. The doctor opens his heart to Rajee. Now Rajee is torn between love and gratitude. She decides to leave the doctor's place. But the mother intercepts and pleads with Rajee to marry her son in order to save his life and happiness. Rajee marries the doctor and bears a son. She names the child as Ramu.
One day Ramu is released and he comes to the doctor's place to find out whether Rajee got her eyesight back. He now looks like a beggar. When he comes to the doctor's house, Rajee is at the threshold looking at Ramu. But she does not know he is Ramu. Ramu discovers her present position. The events of the day make him realise that her love for him has not diminished over the years. Rajee presents him a flower. He accepts it and fades out of her life with joy without identifying himself to her.
Cast according to the opening credits of the film and songbook
- Roy Chowdhury, Balaraman, Jayaraman, Kantha, Rajeswari, Chellam, Chandra, Jamuna, Chokkamma, Saroja, Sakunthala
- Gemini Boys and Girls
The film was produced by S. S. Vasan, owner of Gemini Studios, and directed by K. J. Mahadevan. He made Rajee En Kanmani an adaptation of the 1931 Charlie Chaplin film City Lights. Mahadevan stuck to the original storyline of City Lights for the most part and included the "dream ballet" executed by Chaplin in his film. However, Vasan felt it was too "highbrow" and did not include it in the final cut of the film.
Music was composed by S. Hanumantha Rao and the lyrics were penned by Sangu Subramaniam. The song "Malligai Poo Jaadhi Roja" sung by R. Balasaraswathi Devi became a hit, and is based on "La Violetera", a Spanish copla song composed by José Padilla.
|"Malligai Poo Jaadhi Roja"||R. Balasaraswathi Devi||04:57|
|"Ulagam Ithuthaano"||V. N. Sundaram||03:09|
|"Thoongaayo Dhuraiye"||R. Balasaraswathi Devi||02:29|
|"Sundhara Malare"||R. Balasaraswathi Devi||02:11|
|"Ammaa Vareero"||R. Balasaraswathi Devi|
- Telugu version
|"Mallepoolu Mollapoolu"||R. Balasaraswathi Devi|
|"Managalana - Raavu"|
|"Meeraina Chusi Teluparamma"|
The film was praised for its story and the performances of Ranga Rao, Ramachandran and Sriranjani, but became a box office failure.
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