Chitor Rani Padmini

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Chitor Rani Padmini
Chitor Rani Padmini.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byCh. Narayana Murthy
Produced byRM. Ramanthan
Written byC. V. Sridhar
StarringSivaji Ganesan
M. N. Nambiar
T. S. Balaiah
Kaka Radhakrishnan
T. P. Muthulakshmi
Music byG. Ramanathan
CinematographyBomman D. Irani & V. Kumaara Thevan
Edited byM. A. Perumal
Uma Pictures
Release date
  • 9 February 1963 (1963-02-09)

Chitor Rani Padmini (lit. Padmini, queen of Chitor) is a 1963 Tamil-language historical fiction film written by C. V. Sridhar and directed by Ch. Narayana Murthy. It is based on the legend of Rani Padmini.[1] The film starred Sivaji Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with M. N. Nambiar, T. S. Balaiah, Kaka Radhakrishnan, T. P. Muthulakshmi and Kumari Kamala forming an ensemble cast. It was produced by R. M. Ramanthan of Uma Pictures. The film's score was composed by G. Ramanathan and it was filmed by R. Sampath.

The film was also the source of inspiration for the 2018 film Padmaavat by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.[2]


The film, which is described as ‘historical fiction’ in write-ups, narrates the familiar story of the queen and the Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s wild infatuation for her. The women of that period, especially of royal blood, did not appear in person and were in purdah. In one instance, the Delhi Sultan threatened to destroy Rajasthan if he wasn’t permitted to see Rani Padmini. Left with no option, Rana, her husband, permitted Padmini to stand in front of the palace pond and her reflection in the water could be seen in a mirror in a room. He, meanwhile, made a secret plan to kill Alauddin. As the palace women dressed in ceremonial robes were passing through in palanquins, Padmini, who had no interest in presenting herself before a stranger, jumped into the ceremonial fire, committing ‘sati.’




The music was composed by G. Ramanathan while the lyrics were penned by Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Surabhi, Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass, Kannadasan and A. Maruthakasi. Playback singers are Seerkazhi Govindarajan, P. Suseela, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi & S. Janaki.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Parthukondirundhale Podhum" Seerkazhi Govindarajan Udumalai Narayana Kavi 11:20
2 "Devi Vithayar Bavani" P. Suseela Surabhi 04:22
3 "Oho Nila Raani" Seerkazhi Govindarajan Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 05:00
4 "Hum Tekaa Mele Shokkaa Aadum" S. Janaki Thanjai Ramaiah Dass 05:00
5 "Chittu Sirippadhu Pole" Seerkazhi Govindarajan & P. Suseela Kannadasan 06:50
6 "Vaanathil Meen Ondru Kandaan" Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Surabhi 03:47
7 "Aadal Paadal Kaanum Podhe" S. Janaki Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 05:35
8 "Vaanathil Soozhndhadhu Megam" P. Susheela A. Maruthakasi

Release and reception[edit]

Chitor Rani Padmini was released on 9 February 1963.[5][6] The magazine Kumudam faulted it for "despicable distortion" while another magazine, Kalki lamented that "an icon of chastity had been turned into a dancing queen".[7] The film was not commercially successful, but film historian Randor Guy praised it for the "star cast, dances of Vyjayanthimala, pleasing music of G. Ramanathan and artistic sets of A.K. Sekhar."[8]


  1. ^ "'We have kept the honour of Rajputs intact,' says 'Padmavati' director Sanjay Leela Bhansali". 8 November 2017. Archived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ "9 Path Breaking Films Of Shahid Kapoor That Changed The Face Of Cinema". Times Internet. 10 May 2017. Archived from the original on 4 June 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Chittoor Rani Padmini Release". nadigarthilagam. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ G. Neelamegam. Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 2 (in Tamil). Manivasagar Publishers, Chennai 108 (Ph:044 25361039). First edition November 2016. p. 123.
  5. ^ Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ முரளிதரன், கே (23 November 2017). "40 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பே தமிழில் வெளியான `பத்மாவதி'". BBC News (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 10 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ Vamanan (3 December 2017). "A 'padmavati' tale that stirred fewer debates". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ Guy, Randor (13 June 2015). "Chitoor Rani Padmini (1963)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2015.

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