Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||K. Balachander|
|Produced by||M. S. Kasi|
|Written by||K. Balachander|
T. S. Balaiah
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|Cinematography||P. N. Sundaram|
|Edited by||N. R. Kittu|
|Distributed by||Manohar Pictures|
|24 February 1967|
Bama Vijayam (English: Bama's Visit) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by K. Balachander. The film features an ensemble cast including Sowcar Janaki, Rajasree, Kanchana, Jayanthi, Sachu, R. Muthuraman, Nagesh, Major Sundarrajan, Srikanth and T. S. Balaiah. Music is by M. S. Viswanathan.
A middle-class joint family is living happily run by the responsible father Ethiraj, a retired headmaster. He has three sons – Maheshwaran, Raman, and Krishnan. Maheswaran is a Hindi professor, married to Parvathi and they have 5 children. Raman, a clerk in high-court is married to Sita and they have two children. Krishnan, a medical representative is married to Rukmani. Apart from them, Sumathi, the younger sister of Sita also stays in the same house, as she is pursuing higher studies in the same city. Though it’s a joint family, the father has set up his three sons in three different portions in the same house, and takes turns to eat in each of his son’s house, to avoid any possibility of problems between them. The sons give their salaries to their father, and all the financial matters are dealt by him efficiently. He is respected and feared by everyone in the family. Wrong-doers in the household are made to stand on a bench by him as punishment.
Meanwhile, a popular film actress Bama moves into the bungalow next to their house. The three daughters-in-law & the sons meet her while they’re all in the terrace, and try to make friends with her. Bama is very polite, and accepts their invitation to come to their house on 16th of that month. Now, the three ladies in the house start making fuss about the condition of their house, saying that they do not have enough facilities in their house to show to Bama that there are well-off. The husbands try to convince them but they force their husbands to agree to whatever they ask. Eventually the men give in and start buying things for their own houses. They paint the house, get stuff like radio, fan, sofa, for their own portions.
The father tries in vain to make everyone understand that they should live for themselves within their means. They get all the things for the house – a few for rent, a few for installment, and also borrow money with a high interest rate. They even go to the extent of hiring a male servant to stay in the house. The ladies start arguing whose portion should Bama visit first when she comes to their house. Finally, Parvathi makes the other two ladies agree by showing a diamond necklace that she borrowed from her friend. They decide to pass the necklace through the windows so that Bama would think that everyone has diamond necklaces.
On the day of Bama’s visit, Parvathi decides to lock three of her five children inside a room, so that Bama wouldn’t know that she is old enough to have 5 kids. Sita sees this, and she decides to hide her spectacles, so that Bama wouldn't guess her age too. When Bama arrives, she goes to Sita's portion first. Sita has to go and get the diamond necklace from Parvathi. Meanwhile, Raman tells Bama about his and his brothers' jobs. When Sita comes, she lies to Bama that Raman is an advocate in high court, to which both Bama and Raman look surprised. Bama asks Sita what the time is, but Sita can't see the time in her wrist watch without the spectacles. Parvathi sees this and laughs.
Later when Bama goes to Parvathi's portion, Parvathi lies that her husband is college principal. When she tells that she has only two children, Sita lets the other three kids out of the locked room. Bama thinks that the kids are orphans, and Parvathi, who doesn't know English, agrees that the kids are orphans. Sita makes fun of this. Finally, when Bama arrives at Krishnan's part of the house, she gets a spectacular welcome with red carpet, flowers and her favourite drinks. They even take a few snaps with her.
The ladies are amazed by Bama's simplicity like glass bangles, her politeness. Even then they don't take a cue, and try to show-off too much in front of her. Soon, they get close to Bama and keep meeting her for picnics in her shooting spots, etc., neglecting their family. Krishnan gets an installment car for the ladies to roam, Raman gets telephone connection through' his office citing his father's "illness", which the ladies use to talk to Bama every day.
After a few months of this, and financial problems, a bombshell appears in the form of an anonymous letter stating that one of the three husbands is having an affair with Bama, and this upsets their wives. Each hopes and wishes that her husband is not the culprit, but to each the evidence seems to point to him only.
After a series of humorous incidents, the false news of Maheshwaran having illegal contact with Bama is published in a newspaper, thus leading to more trouble. However, after some time, the publisher apologizes for it and decides to publish an apology and denying the rumour and it all ends well for everyone.
- Sowcar Janaki - Parvathi, Maheshwaran's wife
- Rajasree - Bama, a film actress
- Kanchana - Seetha, Raman's wife
- Jayanthi - Rukmani, Krishna's wife
- Sachu - Sumathi, Seetha's sister
- R. Muthuraman - Raman, a court clerk
- Nagesh - Krishna, a medical representative
- Major Sundarrajan - Maheshwaran, a Hindi teacher
- Srikanth - Suresh, Bama's secretary
- T. S. Balaiah - Ethiaraj, the father of the three men
|1||Ninaithaal Sirippuvarum||P. Susheela||04:41|
|2||Kuru Kuru Nagaienna||L. R.Eswari, T.M. Soundararajan||05:25|
|3||Varavu Ettana||T.M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari, P. Susheela||04:45|
|4||Aadai Mariya Pani||L.R. Eswari, P. Susheela||02:56|
|5||Aani Muthu||Susheela, Sulamangalam Rajalakshmi, L.R. Eswari||03:03|
Remakes and reception
Bama Vijayam was simultaneously filmed in Telugu as Bhale Kodalu. It was remade in Hindi as Teen Bahuraniyan in 1968, with Sowcar Janaki, Kanchana and Jayanthi reprising their roles. In an interview with The Hindu, Crazy Mohan said that "no attempt at comedy could ever match ‘Bama Vijayam'".The film was remade in malayalam as Sreekrishnapurathee NakshatraThilakkam.