Rajee En Kanmani

Rajee En Kanmani (English: Rajee, my darling) is a 1954 Indian Tamil-language romance film directed by K. J. Mahadevan and produced by S. S. Vasan. The film features T. R. Ramachandran and Sriranjani Jr. in the lead roles.[1] An adaptation of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, the film was remade in Telugu with the title Rajee Naa Pranam in the same year.[2]

Rajee En Kanmani
Rajee En Kanmani poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. J. Mahadevan
Produced byS. S. Vasan
Screenplay byK. J. Mahadevan
Sangu Subramaniam
Based onCity Lights
by Charlie Chaplin
StarringT. R. Ramachandran
Sriranjani
Music byS. Hanumantha Rao
CinematographyC. A. S. Mani
Edited byM. Umanatha Rao
Production
company
Release date
  • 29 January 1954 (1954-01-29) (India)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

ProductionEdit

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 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.[2]

PlotEdit

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 comes to know 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 him to her.[3]

CastEdit

Cast according to the opening credits of the film and songbook[3]

Dance
  • Roy Chowdhury, Balaraman, Jayaraman, Kantha, Rajeswari, Chellam, Chandra, Jamuna, Chokkamma, Saroja, Sakunthala
  • Gemini Boys and Girls

SoundtrackEdit

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.[2]

No. Song Singer Lyrics Duration
1 Malligai Poo Jaadhi Roja R. Balasaraswathi Devi Sangu Subramaniam 04:57
2 Thalelo Kanne Jikki 03:00
3 Ulagam Ithuthaano V. N. Sundharam 03:09
4 Thoongaayo Dhuraiye R. Balasaraswathi Devi 02:29
5 Sundhara Malare R. Balasaraswathi Devi 02:11
6 Ammaa Vareero R. Balasaraswathi Devi

ReceptionEdit

The film was praised for its story and the performances of Ranga Rao, Ramachandran and Sriranjani, but became a box office failure.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1954 - ல் வெளியான படப்பட்டியல் - தயாரிப்பாளர்கள் விபரம்" (in Tamil). lakshmansruthi.com. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Guy, Randor (24 July 2009). "Rajee En Kanmani 1954". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b ராஜி என் கண்மணி [Rajee, My Darling] (songbook) (in Tamil). Gemini Studios.