Uthama Puthiran (1940 film)

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Uthama Puthiran (1940 film)
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Theatrical poster
Directed by T. R. Sundaram
Produced by Modern Theatres (Salem)
Starring P. U. Chinnappa, M. V. Rajamma, T. S. Balaiah, , N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Mathuram, T. S. Krishnaveni and Kali N. Ratnam
Release date(s) 1940
Language Tamil

Utthama Puthiran is the 1940 Tamil language movie directed by T. R. Sundaram and P. U. Chinnappa, M. V. Rajamma, T. S. Balaiah played the lead roles.

It was the first Tamil film in which the hero P. U. Chinnappa played a double role.

Cast & Crew[edit]

One of the major Hollywood hits of 1939, The Man in the Iron Mask, based on the exciting novel of the French adventure fiction maestro, Alexandre Dumas, found its way into Tamil cinema as Utthama Puthran. Produced and directed by the Salem based movie mogul, T. R. Sundaram, it proved successful and established the singing star of the 1940s, P. U. Chinnappa (1915–1951).

Even though the British Indian government banned the Tamil rebel poet Bharati’s work, Sundaram had the hero render the famous song ‘Senthamizh Naadenum Podhiniley’ and got away with it. Not surprisingly, this patriotic song became popular.

In an unusual feature rarely seen in Indian cinema, there was a sequence of the twins engaged in a duel while singing a duet, throwing challenges.

M. V. Rajamma, from Kannada theatre and cinema, played the heroine. Utthama Puthran was her second film with Chinnappa, the first being Yayathi. Soon she became a star, carving a niche for herself in the industry. She later appeared in mother roles enjoying a career spanning half a century.

T. S. Balaiah played the villain. His distinctive style of dialogue delivery helped him enjoy a long innings in the field. As usual, there were many comedy sequences featuring NSK, Mathuram, Kali N. Ratnam, and P. A. Periyanayaki.

Utthama Puthran was the first Tamil film in which the hero played a double role — it was indeed a feather in Chinnappa’s cap. In later years, there was another version where Sivaji Ganesan played the twins, which was also a big hit.