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ADIMAI PENN
Adimai Penn.jpg
Directed by K. Shankar
Produced by M. G. Ramachandran
Written by Swornam (dialogues)
Story by R. M. Veerapan
S. Lakshmanan
S. K. T. Samy
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
J. Jayalalitha
S. A. Ashokan
Pandari Bai
R. S. Manohar
J. P. Chandrababu
Cho Ramaswamy
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography V. Ramamoorthy
Edited by K. Narayanan
Production
  company
Em. Gee. Yar Pictures (P) Ltd.
Release date(s) 1 May 1969
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office INR 2.3 Crores

ADIMAI PENN (SLAVE GIRL) is a 1969 Indian Tamil film directed by K. Shankar.

The film features M. G. Ramachandran as the main character, with J. Jayalalitha, S. A. Ashokan, Pandari Bai, R. S. Manohar, J. P. Chandrababu and Cho Ramaswamy in supporting roles.

A Silver Jubilee hit(Madurai-Meenakshi ) and it ran 100 days in major cities of Tamil Nadu.

This industrial record was beaten by Ulagam Sutrum Valiban four years later.

ADIMAI PENN was the second production of MGR, via his company, Emgiyar Pictures.

Plot[edit]

Abhirami Mangamma (Pandari Bai), a queen is desired by another ruler, Sengodan (S. A. Ashokan). Several years later, Sengodan sees the girl (now a queen) out hunting. He declares his love, but the queen says that she is a mother. Sengodan tries to kill her son (MGR), the Prince Vengaiya and the queen cuts off Sengodan's leg with an axe.

The king Vengaiyan (MGR) from the Vengaiya Mount Kingdom goes to Sengodan's country (Soorukathu Kingdom) seeking justice, and Sengodan agrees to a duel. The duel takes place over a net with spears below it; whoever falls on the net will die. A dueler will lose if he loses his weapon or falls from the net, and his country will be enslaved by the winner.

Since Sengodan has only one leg, the king Vengaiyan binds his own leg and they begin the duel. Although the king Vengaiyan wins, Sengodan kills him with a spear. Sengodan orders his men to seize the country and summon the queen and her son. One of the king's aides escapes and saves the queen, but the prince Vengaiya is taken prisoner. All women in the country are enslaved.

The queen stays in hiding for many years. The king's aide is imprisoned and sees the prince Vengaiya, who has been forced to live in a two-foot-high cell. The prince Vengaiya has forgotten how to talk or eat with his hands, and the aide is horrified by his condition. They escape from the prison by the river. The aide dies in his granddaughter’s arms after she promises to heal the prince and help abolish slavery in their country. The granddaughter, Jeeva (Jayalalithaa), takes the prince to her hut. Although he behaves badly, Jeeva teaches him to speak, write and fight. Vengaiya begins to understand that he is a prince, but is a hunchback because of his confinement.

The prince Vengaiya saves a girl (Jothilakshmi) from two warriors. When he is helping the girl (who has been bound between two heavy wooden planks), his spine straightens and he can stand normally. Jeeva tells the prince what he must do, and shows him his mother. When he sees his mother’s condition, the prince Vengaiya vows that he will release the country from Sengodan's enslavement. The prince, with help from Jeeva and others, attacks a group of soldiers and begins freeing people from slavery. During one assault, he meets Magudhapadhy, the leader (R. S. Manohar) of a neighboring nation (Pavala Kingdom) who is related to Sengodan. The commander Magudhapadhy is astonished to see Jeeva because of her resemblance to his queen, Pavala Vaalee (Jayalalithaa). He conspires to replace the queen with Jeeva and take over the country, which separates the prince Vengaiya and Jeeva from their followers. The commander, claiming the prince is a spy, hides Jeeva.

The queen Pavala Vaalee (Jeeva's sister) presides over the prince's trial. She is attracted to him, and orders that he be released as her bodyguard. The commander plans to kill both the queen and the prince at a party with a poisoned drink, but it is moved by one of the prince's aides (a magician) (Cho Ramaswamy).

The commander orders the arrest of the prince and the queen. Jeeva impersonates the queen so she and the prince can be freed and allowed to return to their country. The queen Pavala Vaalee is dressed in Jeeva's clothes and kept in captivity, to be killed later. The commander goes to the prison and admits his plan; the prince kills him and escapes with the queen, thinking she is Jeeva.

The prince Vengaiya finally reaches his country, which has changed during his long absence. His house has been gutted by fire, his farms plundered and his men oppose him. The prince tells them his story, coercing them to rejoin the army. The queen Pavala Vaalee joins the Sengodan side, awaiting revenge.

Abhirami Mangamma, the prince's mother is captured by Sengodan's men, who threaten to execute her. The prince and his men sneak into the palace and fight Sengodan; he kills Sengodan, releases his mother, frees his kingdom and the film ends happily.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as The king Vengaiyan from the Vengaiya Mount Kingdom (Vengaiya Malaiyan) and his son, the Prince Vengaiya
J. Jayalalitha as Jeeva, the right-hand of the Prince Vengaiya and the Queen Pavala Vaalee from Pavala Kingdom
S. A. Ashokan as The king Sengodan from Soorukathu Kingdom
R. S. Manohar as The royal bodyguard Magudhapadhy (from Pavala Kingdom)
J. P. Chandrababu as The doctor of campaign, the Prince Vengaiya 's friend
Cho Ramaswamy as The royal bodyguard Magudhapadhy 's magician
Jothilakshmi as Azhagu 's elder sister
Rajasree as The princess Muthazhagi, (the king Sengodanqueen 's foster daughter)
Pandari Bai as The Queen Abhirami Mangamma, the Prince Vengaiya 's mother
Pushpamala as
Baby Rani as Azhagu, the little girl
O.A.K.Devar as
Thirupadiswamy as
Justin as Marappa, the chief of Sengodan 's soldiers
Govindharaj as The chief of Sengodan 's soldiers
N.S.Nadharajan as

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned

Production[edit]

Filming for ADIMAI PENN began in 1968, with B. Saroja Devi initially cast as the lead actress and many of her scenes shot.

Halfway during the filming she married, and MGRamachandran decided to replace her with Jayalalithaa in a dual role.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

Tracklist[2]
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aayiram Nilave Vaa"   Pulamaipithan S. P. Balasubramaniam, P. Susheela 4.56
2. "Amma Endral"   Vaali J. Jayalalitha 4.59
3. "Kaalathai Vendravan"   Avinashi Mani P. Susheela , S. Janaki 6.14
4. "Thaai Illamal"   Alangudi Somu T. M. Soundararajan 3.36
5. "Unnai Paarthu"   Vaali T. M. Soundararajan 5.14
6. "Yemmattraathe"   Vaali T. M. Soundararajan 4.37
Total length:
28.16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asokan, N. (22 February 2009). "Starring: MGR & Jayalalitha!". The Sunday Indian. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Adimai Penn Songs from http://www.raaga.com". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 

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