Arasa Kattalai

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Arasa Kattalai
Arasa Kattalai.jpg
Directed byM. G. Chakrapani
Produced byM. C. Ramamoorthy
Written bySornam
Screenplay byR. M. Veerappan
Ve. Lakshmanan
S. K. T. Samy
StarringM. G. Ramachandran
B. Saroja Devi
Jayalalithaa
M. N. Nambiar
S. A. Asokan
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyA. Shanmugam
Edited byK. Narayanan
Production
company
Sathyaraja Pictures
Distributed bySathyaraja Pictures
Release date
19 May 1967
Running time
132 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Aras Kattalai (Tamil: அரச கட்டளை English: King's Order), is a 1967 Indian Tamil film, written and directed by M. G. Chakrapani, starring M. G. Ramachandran and B. Saroja Devi in the lead roles, with Jayalalithaa, M. N. Nambiar and S. A. Asokan in lead roles.

Plot[edit]

Of the time of big Indian kings...

A monarch (P. S. Veerappa) believes that he has committed a terrible fault and commits suicide to make amends, not without having indicated his successor: Vijayan (MGR), a man of the people, that one even, who had come punish him, a fearless knight, for an act of bravery.

Before dying, he (P. S. Veerappa) also orders him (MGR) to protect his subjects and to put back the power into the hands of the people.

By so acting, the deceased king had also just thwarted the machiavellian intentions of its Minister (R. S. Manohar).

Indeed, this traitor intends to seize the throne.

But it will be for another time, because this sinister dignitary (R. S. Manohar) is going to make every effort to sabotage the reforms of Vijayan.

To begin with, by eliminating him...

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Vijaya alias Vijayan, a common man, after the new king of the kingdom Kumari
B. Saroja Devi as Amala, the revolutionary dancer alias the princess Amudha
Jayalalitha as Moghana
S. A. Ashokan as The prince Vilavan
M. N. Nambiar as The commander of the strengths, the princess Amudha's guardian
R. S. Manohar as The perfidious minister
Nagesh as The tribal leader
P. S. Veerappa (Guest-star) as The King of the kingdom of Kumari
K. R. Ramaswamy (Guest-star) as The patriot with the flag (an activist)
Brent Ramaswamy as
M. A. G. Samy as
N. S. Nadharajan as A tribal
S. M. Thirupadhiswamy as
Kundhumany as A tribal
D. S. Raja as
T. S. Manikkum as
Ramsingh as
Chandrakantha as
Madhavi as Jambha, the tribal girl
C. T. Rajakantham as
Santha as
G. Sakunthala as
Rajeshwari as

The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned

Production[edit]

The film initially began under the title Bhavani, which was written by A. K. Velan and was to be directed by Masthan. Ramachandran's brother Chakrapani produced this film, which got shelved after some progress, but Chakrapani later remade this film as Arasa Kattalai, with Ramachandran returning.[1] Apart from directing, Chakrapani made a cameo appearance in the film.[2] Jayalalithaa earned the title "Kavarchi Kanni" through this film.[2]

Songs[edit]

Soundtrack was composed by K. V. Mahadevan and lyrics were written by Muthukoothan, Vaali and Alangudi Somu.[3] The songs "Aadi Vaa" and "Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu" became chartbusters.[2]

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Aadiva Aadiva"N. M. MuthukkoothanT. M. Soundararajan3:29
2."Ennai Paadavaithavan"VaaliP. Susheela3:22
3."Mugathai Paarthathillai"Alangudi SomuT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela3:23
4."Pan Paadum"VaaliP. Susheela3:24
5."Putham Pudhiya"VaaliT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela3:14
6."Vettaiyadu Vilaiyaadu"Alangudi SomuT. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela5:47
7."Yethannai Kaalam"N. M. MuthukkoothanP. Susheela3:09
Total length:24:68

Release[edit]

The film ran for 70 days.[4][2]

Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote "Remembered for: The songs and dances, music and swordfights and dialogues."[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Vettaiyadu Vilayadu" inspired Gautham Menon to title his 2006 film of same name.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guy, Randor (16 February 2012). "Fame eluded this sibling of an icon". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e https://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/mgr-and-saroja-devi-in-arasa-kattalai-1967/article8513630.ece
  3. ^ "Arasa Kattalai songs". Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Arasa Kattalai Records". mgr blog. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  5. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-cinemaplus/mgr-to-the-rescue/article6969992.ece

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