|Directed by||K. Shanker|
|Produced by||M. G. Ramachandran|
|Starring||M. G. Ramachandran
R. S. Manohar
|Music by||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Box office||240 lakh (US$370,000)|
Adimaippenn (Slave Girl) is a 1969 Indian Tamil film directed by K. Shanker. The film features M. G. Ramachandran as the main character, with J. Jayalalitha, R. S. Manohar and Cho Ramaswamy in supporting roles. About 30 million tickets were sold worldwide. This was significant as Tamil Nadu population was 40 million then. A Silver Jubilee hit and it ran more than 100 days in all major cities of Tamil Nadu. This industrial record was beaten by Ulagam Sutrum Valiban four years later.
A queen is desired by another ruler, Sengodan. 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, and the queen cuts off Sengodan's leg with an axe.
The king goes to Sengodan's country 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 binds his own leg and they begin the duel. Although the king 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 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, who has been forced to live in a two-foot-high cell. The prince 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. He begins to understand that he is a prince, but is a hunchback because of his confinement.
The prince saves a girl 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 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 the leader (R. S. Manohar) of a neighboring nation who is related to Sengodan. The commander is astonished to see Jeeva because of her resemblance to his queen. He conspires to replace the queen with Jeeva and take over the country, which separates the prince and Jeeva from their followers. The commander, claiming the prince is a spy, hides Jeeva.
The queen (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).
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 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 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 joins the Sengodan side, awaiting revenge.
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.
Filming for Adimaippenn 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 Ramachandran decided to replace her with Jayalalithaa in a dual role.
|1.||"Aayiram Nilave Vaa"||Pulamaipithan||S. P. Balasubramaniam, P. Susheela||4.56|
|2.||"Amma Endral"||Vaali||J. Jayalalitha||4.59|
|3.||"Kaalathai Vendran"||P. Susheela , S. Janaki||6.14|
|4.||"Thaai Illamal"||Vaali||T. M. Soundararajan||3.36|
|5.||"Unnai Paarthu"||Vaali||T. M. Soundararajan||5.14|
|6.||"Yemmattraathe"||Vaali||T. M. Soundararajan||4.37|