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|Produced by||N. S. Krishnan|
|Written by||C. N. Annadurai|
|Starring||N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Madhuram
M. N. Rajam
V. K. Ramasamy
S. V. Sahasranamam
|Music by||C. R. Subburaman|
|Distributed by||NSK Films - Uma Pictures|
|Running time||192 minutes|
Nallathambi (Tamil: நல்லதம்பி) is a 1949 Tamil film starring and produced by N. S. Krishnan. The film's script was written by C. N. Annadurai (later chief minister of Tamil Nadu). This film marked Annadurai's debut in Tamil films.
Tamil film actor and Annadurai's friend S. V. Sahasranamam saw the 1936 Frank Capra film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town which was having a successful theatrical run in the late 1940s in Madras. He thought it would be a good story to remake for his friend N. S. Krishnan (NSK). He convinced Annadurai to watch the movie and adapt the film to a Tamil rural setting. The film was titled as Nallathambi (lit. The good younger brother). However during filming, NSK heavily modified the script, reducing the role of the character played by Bhanumathi Ramakrishna and introducing another character to be played by his wife and comedienne T. A. Mathuram. The script was further changed to include a number of musical skits to bring out the social satire of NSK. "Vinganatha Valarkka porendi" (lit. I am going to the develop science) and Kindanar kathakalatchepam (a parody of the story of Nandanar and a telling of B. R. Ambedkar's life story) were two of the musical skits thus included. With the modifications, the plot was sidelined and importance was given to the socio-political messages and themes. The director duo of R. Krishnan and S. Panju were hired to direct the film. C. R. Subburaman composed the music, while Udumalai Narayana Kavi wrote the lyrics for the songs. M. N. Rajam, Sahasranamam and V. K. Ramaswamy were cast in supporting roles.
Nallathambi (NSK) a simple rural man inherits an estate from his deceased Zamindar relative. The Zamindar's daughter Pushpa (Bhanumathi) falls in love with Nallathambi. However he loves another girl (T. A. Madhuram). Bhoopathy (Sahasranamam) the estate manager has his eye on the wealth and tries to cheat Nallathambi out of it. He goads Pushpa into filing a suit that Nallathambi is mentally insane. In the end Nallathambi defeats Bhoopathy's machinations.
- N. S. Krishnan
- T. A. Madhuram
- Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
- M. N. Rajam
- S. V. Sahasranamam
- V. K. Ramasamy
- D. V. Narayana kavi
- C. S. Pandian
- Kaka Radhakrishnan
The film was a commercial failure and a critical success. Its songs became hits and were popular. The musical skit "Kindanar Kalatchepam" became popular. To offset the financial loss of his backers, NSK announced a new film project titled Thambithurai to be written by Annadurai. However furious with the changes made to his Nallathambi script, Annadurai refused to work with NSK again.
Partial list of songs from Nallathambi:
- "Kudi Keduththa Kudi" by N. S. Krishnan
- "Enadhu Uyir Egypttu" by Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
- "Malarthanil Oru Azhagu Mayil" by Bhanumathi Ramakrishna & Ghantasala
- "Gaanalolan Madhanagopalan" by M. L. Vasanthakumari
- "Naattukku Sevai Seiyya Naagareega Komaali Vandhanayya" by N. S. Krishnan
- "Kindanar Kalatchebam" by N. S. Krishnan
- "Varuvaare Dear Varuvaare" by Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
- "Naan Vanangum Deivam" by Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
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