|Directed by||T. R. Ramanna|
|Written by||Thanjai Ramaiah Das (dialog)|
|Story by||Thanjai Ramaiah Das|
|Music by||G. Ramanathan|
Sri Valli is a 1961 mythological Tamil film directed by T. R. Ramanna. A remake of the 1945 film of the same name, the film featured Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini in the lead supported by T. R. Mahalingam, E. R. Sahadevan, C. K. Saraswathi and J. P. Chandra Babu in other prominent roles.
- Sivaji Ganesan as Lord Muruga
- Padmini as Valli
- T. R. Mahalingam as Narada
- E. R. Sahadevan
- C. K. Saraswathi
- J. P. Chandra Babu
- Master Vijayakumar as Lord Muruga (child)
The original story was based on a folk tale which describes the romance between Lord Muruga and Valli, a tribal girl. Initially exhibited as stage plays, the story was developed into a silent film titled Valli Thirumanam in 1921. It was followed by another silent release, Sri Subramanyam in 1930. N. D. Sarpotdhar remade the film the same year for the "Aryan Film Company" and named it as Subramaniam. Another version titled Valli Kalyanam released the same year where Sundar Rao Nadkarni enacted the lead role.
The first talkie version of the story was produced by Samikannu Vincent in 1933. Named Valli Thirumanam, the film was shot in Calcutta and directed by P. V. Rao. T. P. Rajalakshmi played the role of Valli in the which ultimately became a box-office success. For the next ten years, no movies were made based on the story until A. V. Meiyappan produced Sri Valli in 1945 that had T. R. Mahalingam and Kumari Rukmini playing Lord Muruga and Valli respectively. The film was instrumental in making AVM a successful production company. Sixteen years later, a colour film based on the same story was produced by Narasu Studios. It had Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini an the lead pair. T. R. Mahalingam who played Muruga in the previous version was given the role of Narada in this film.
The film was directed by T. R. Ramanna, while Thanjai Ramaiah Das wrote the screenplay and lyrics. The musical score was provided by G. Ramanathan, with songs recorded T. M. Soundararajan, T. R. Mahalingam, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, P. Susheela, Jikki, Ratnamala, A. P. Komala and J. P. Chandra Babu. Actor Vijayakumar made his debut through the film playing the younger role of Lord Muruga.
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