Saudamini

Saudamini (Tamil: சௌதாமினி) is a 1951 Indian, Tamil language film directed by K. B. Nagabhushanam.[2] The film featured M. K. Radha, P. Kannamba and Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the lead roles.[3]

Saudamini
Saudamini 1951.jpg
Directed byK. B. Nagabhushanam
Produced byK. B. Nagabhushanam
Screenplay by(Dialogues) Udhayakumar
Story bySamudrala Sr.
StarringP. Kannamba
M. K. Radha
A. Nageswara Rao
S. Varalakshmi
T. R. Ramachandran
Music byS. V. Venkatraman
CinematographyP. Ellappa
Edited byN. K. Gopal
Production
company
Sri Raja Rajeswari Film Company
Distributed byGemini Studios
Release date
  • 14 April 1951 (1951-04-14) (India)
[1]
Running time
197 mins. (17798 ft.)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

A Maharshi (sage) blesses King Vikramasenan and Queen Saudamini to beget a child. The queen becomes pregnant. But the king is lured by the court dancer and he neglects the queen. The minister advises the queen to drive away the court dancer from the country. But the court dancer sows seeds of doubt in the king's mind that the queen is having an affair with the minister. So, the king orders the minister to be executed and sends the queen to the forest. The queen delivers a son, Udhayasenan, in the forest and he is growing up. In the meantime, the court dancer and her paramour, the commander blinds the king and take over the administration. Hearing this, the queen sends her son to get his father freed and regain the Kingdom. On his way, the prince meets princess Hemavathi and they fall in love with each other. The son defeats the commander and recaptures the Kingdom. The king's eyesight is restored with the help of an angel. The family is united. [3]

CastEdit

List adapted from the database of Film News Anandan[1] and from The Hindu review article.[3]

ProductionEdit

The film was produced and directed by K. B. Nagabhushanam under the banner Sri Raja Rajeswari Film Company owned by him and P. Kannamba. (Sri Raja Rajeswari is the family deity of Kannamba.) Samudrala Sr. wrote the story and the dialogues were penned by Udhayakumar. Cinematography was handled by P. Ellappa while the editing was done by N. K. Gopal. K. R. Sharma was in charge of art direction. Choreography was done by Anil Kumar, Chopra and Vembatti Satyam. L. K. Rao handled the still photography. The film was shot and processed at Gemini Studios.[1][3]

The film was also made in Telugu as Soudamini directed by K. B. Nagabhushanam.[2] The cast was slightly different. M. K. Radha was replaced by C. S. R..

SoundtrackEdit

Music was composed by S. V. Venkatraman while the lyrics were penned by Udhayakumar and Lakshmanadas. Playback singers are S. V. Venkatraman and M. L. Vasanthakumari.[4]

No. Song Singer/s
1 Annavan Rani Maha Padhiviradhai
2 Anbe En Sivame Aandarulvaaye M. L. Vasanthakumari
3 Maara Sundara Maadhu Ivale
4 Onbadhu Maadhamum Niraindha Piragu
5 Koohoo Ena Maangkuyil Konjudhaasaiyaale
6 Vaa Vaa Vaa Vaanamudhe
7 Sollu Sollu Vivaramaayi
8 Nenjame Irulaanadhe
9 O! Pal Johra Velum Poattu
10 Kaarum Karunaanidhiye S. V. Venkatraman
11 Vidhiyai Meira Vasama Vilagi Poga Vidumo
12 Kaalame Pagaiyaanadhe
13 Ini Verae Maargamillaiyo
14 Anaiyaa Jyothi Polae Naane
15 Bale Joraayi Kelaayi Appane

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ashish Rajadhyaksha & Paul Willemen. Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998. pp. 157 & 640.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Narasimham, m.l. (31 March 2013). "SOUDAMINI (1951)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ G. Neelamegam. Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 1 (in Tamil). Manivasagar Publishers, Chennai 108 (Ph:044 25361039). First edition December 2014. p. 20.