Enga Veettu Pillai

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Enga Veettu Pillai
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Film Poster
Directed by Chanakya
Produced by Nagi Reddy
Chakrapani
Written by Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy
Story by D. V. Narasa Raju
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
Nagesh
Music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
Cinematography A. Vincent
Sundaram
Edited by C. P. Jambulingam
Production
company
Distributed by Vijaya Combines Productions
Release dates
14 January 1965
Running time
147 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office INR 1.7 Crores

Enga Veettu Pillai (English: The Child of Our Home) is a 1965 Indian Tamil film, directed by Chanakya. The film features M. G. Ramachandran in a double role while B. Saroja Devi, S. V. Ranga Rao, M. N. Nambiar play supporting roles. The film was a remake of the 1964 Telugu movie Ramudu Bheemudu which had N. T. Rama Rao in the lead role. The film was produced by Nagireddy and Chakrapani under the banner "Vijaya Combines". The soundtrack was composed by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy and lyrics were written by Vaali and Alangudi Somu.

The film is about the two look-alike twins who were separated at birth. One being a coward while another one being a courageous man. The rest of the film revolves around the twins whose paths are crossed when they meet each other. Shooting was mostly held at Vijaya Studios. The film was released in 1965 and ran for 100 days. This industrial record was beaten by Adimai Pen four years later. The film celebrated Silver Jubilee in 7 theatres and one of the another film achieved an all time record, which broke all previous records of Tamil Cinema.

Plot[edit]

Ramu (MGR) is the cowardly one – the heir to all riches of Poonjolai Jamin. He has been raised that way by his sister's husband Narendran (Nambiar). Ramu shivers at the very mention of his brother in law's name and a whiplash is Narendran's favorite form of punishment. Narendran wants to get Ramu married to Leela (Saroja Devi) but she is turned off by his cowardice. Ilango (MGR) is a jobless young man, prone to pick a fight and for this reason, the cause of trouble for his mother. Circumstances lead to Ramu and Ilango taking each other's place. Ilango teaches a lesson to Narendran while Ramu learns the ways of the world. Then Ilango teaches Narendran a lesson which forces him to leave the house. Due to this, his sister scolds and he plans to leave by reveal that he was not Ramu. Then the relation of the story reveals that Ramu and Ilango are brothers. With Ramu being kidnapped and Ilango going to help his brother and revealing everything to narendran brings the film to climax.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was a remake of the 1964 Telugu movie Ramudu Bheemudu which had N. T. Rama Rao in the lead role.[1] Tapi Chanakya who directed the Telugu version has also directed Tamil version. The makers were set deadline by producers to complete the film within 45 days to release it in Pongal. Sets were erected in all the floors at Vauhini Studios. For the scene involving both MGR who cross each other, cinematographer A. Vincent used lighting mask technique to shoot the scene.[2] Once during the shooting, the director found the actors struggling with the words, the director asked Sakthi’s assistant to change the words, despite MGR warning him not to. Sakthi heard this, came to him took the dialogue papers, tore them and walked away saying no one can change his dialogues. MGR who watched all this with a smile called the director and told him to go to the writer’s house to apologise. Sakthi came back and wrote dialogues that were agreeable to all.[3] Raja Sandow, wrestler appeared in a small role in the film, his scene in the film is based on the real life incident happened in his life during his experiences of his first stint at acting. MGR who came to know about the incident incorporated it in the film.[4][5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Enga Veettu Pillai
Soundtrack album to Enga Veettu Pillai by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 31:11
Language Tamil
Label HMV
Producer Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy

The soundtrack album was composed by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy. The lyrics were penned by Vaali and 'Alangudi' Somu. The song "Naan Aanaiyittal" remains one of the famous songs of MGR.[6] The song "Kumari Pennin" was remixed by Srikanth Deva in Perumal (2009).[7]

Tracklist[8]
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Naan Aanaiyitaal"   Vaali T. M. Soundararajan 05:05
2. "Kankalum Kaavadi"   Alangudi Somu L. R. Eswari 05:08
3. "Kumari Pennin"   Vaali T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 05:50
4. "Malarukku Thendral"   Alangudi Somu L. R. Eswari, P. Susheela 04:59
5. "Naan Maanthoppil"   Vaali T. M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari 05:56
6. "Penn Ponaal"   Alangudi Somu T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela 04:13
Total length:
31:11

Reception[edit]

The film was released on 14 January 1965 on the festival of Pongal and emerged as a major box office success.[9] The film celebrated Silver Jubilee in 7 theatres including Casino - 211 days, Broadway - 176 days, Mekala- 176 days in Chennai and also in Madurai - Central 176 days, Trichy - Jupiter 236 days, Kovai- Royal 190 days and Thanjavur - Yagappa 176 days. one of the another film achieved an all time record, which broke all previous records of Tamil Cinema. Normally no movie is considered for National Award if it is remake of movie from other language. But this movie was selected for award because of its hit in commercial value.[10] Enga Veetu Pillai was an out of the ordinary film which increased the fan base of MGR to numerous folds. Enga Veetu Pillai became an aspiration for many would be Tamil Cinema heroes and a cult classic with MGR fans.[11]

Legacy[edit]

The film inspired several later films in Tamil which focused on the theme of look alike twins separated at birth and then crossing their paths when they grow up. The Hindu included "Naan Aanaiyittal" among lyricist Vaali's best songs in their collection, "Best of Vaali: From 1964 - 2013".[12]

The songs from the film has inspired film titles - Naan Aanaiyittal (1966), Kumari Pennin Ullathile (2010). The footage of song "Naan Aanaiyittal" has been intersposed in Villu (2009).[13]

In 2009, director Badri's new film Thambikku Indha Ooru, was initially titled Enga Veettu Pillai but this was changed as the producer could not get the rights to use the same.[14][15] One of the song sequences from the film had 80 feet huge cut-out of MGR in the get up which appeared in Enga Veetu Pillai.[16]

There were rumours that Vijaya Productions would remake the film. Ajith Kumar or Vijay were speculated to play the lead role.[17] Vijay expressed his interest to remake the film. In April 2014, it was reported that K. Selva Bharathy would direct the remake.[18] However Selvabharathy refuted the rumours stating that he is not doing the remake.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/fifty-years-of-a-trendsetting-blockbuster-ramudu-bheemudu/article6034133.ece
  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-cinemaplus/i-worked-with-three-chief-ministers/article4155063.ece
  3. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/the-power-of-the-pen/article4612592.ece
  4. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/the-forgotten-heroes/article5204125.ece
  5. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/mgr-and-sandow/article567172.ece
  6. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/popular-even-today/article1784459.ece
  7. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-music-reviews/review-1/perumal-music-review.html
  8. ^ "Enga Veettu Pillai — Tracklist". Raaga.com. 
  9. ^ Sylvian (29 October 2009). "50 Tamil Movies to watch before you die — #12". 
  10. ^ "Dr. D Ramanaidu conferred Dada Saheb Phalke". Indiaglitz. 9 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "'Enga Veetu Pillai' Captain". Indiaglitz. 9 April 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/article4931802.ece
  13. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movie-reviews/Villu/articleshow/4035512.cms
  14. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/a-new-enga-veettu-pillai-for-tamilnadu-tamil-news-44611
  15. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/bharath-going-strong-and-steady-tamil-news-44546
  16. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/feb-09-04/bharath-26-02-09.html
  17. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/feb-09-03/vijay-21-02-09.html
  18. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/vijay-to-act-in-mgr-film-remake-tamil-news-106241
  19. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/not-doing-enga-veetu-pillai-remake-selvabharathy-114042100400_1.html

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