En Annan

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En Annan
En Annan.jpg
Directed byPa. Neelakandhan
Produced byT. Govindarajan
Written bySornam
Screenplay bySornam
Starring
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyV. Ramamoorthy
Edited byC. P. Jambulingam
Production
company
Venus Pictures
Distributed byVenus Pictures
Release date
  • 22 May 1970 (1970-05-22)
[1]
Running time
170 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

En Annan (English: My Elder Brother), is a 1970 Indian Tamil thriller film, directed by Pa. Neelakandhan, starring M. G. Ramachandran in the lead role, with Jayalalithaa, M. N. Nambiar, S. A. Ashokan, Cho Ramaswamy among others. In the year 1970, it was one of the super hit movies of MGR and ran 100 days in Chennai, Madurai and Trichy.

The film is a remake of the Telugu movie Poola Rangadu (24 November 1967), which was directed by Adurthi Subba Rao, with A.N.R. and Jamuna.

Both movies are loosely based on A. J. Cronin's novel, Beyond This Place.

Plot[edit]

At the end of the 60s, in the Tamil country (Tamil Nadu)...

Ranga (MGR) is the heroic elder brother of this story.

His father Velappan (T. K. Bagavathy), was a manager at a mill, and is framed for the murder of one of the partners, Karunagaran (S. M. Thirupadhisamy).

He is sent to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Ranga, since then, works hard to get his sister Thangam (Vijaya Nirmala) educated.

She marries a doctor, Murali (R. Muthuraman), who happens to be Karunagaran's son.

When he finds out she is Velappan's daughter, he leaves her.

Ranga is enraged and beats Nagappan (Thengai Srinivasan), Vaalee (Jayalalitha)'s brother, who informs Murali.

Ranga is sent to jail.

There he meets his father, learns about his innocence and vows to get him out.

Once Ranga is released, he earns the goodwill of the other two partners, Nayagum (M. N. Nambiar) and Dharmaraj (S. A. Ashokan), and finally exposes them.

Velappan is released, Ranga marries his lover Vaalee and Murali takes Thangam back.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
M. G. Ramachandran as Ranga (alias Rangan), The Elder Brother
J. Jayalalitha as Vali Ammal, Ranga's lover
M. N. Nambiar as Nayagam
S. A. Ashokan as Dharmaraj
Cho Ramaswamy as Poochi, Nayagam's son
R. Muthuraman as Doctor Murali
T. K. Bagavathy as Velappan, Ranga and Thangam's father
Thengai Srinivasan as Nagappan, Vaalee's elder brother
Yenethai Kannaiya as Ponnaiya, the police constable
Master Sekhar as Ranga, child
Vijaya Nirmala as Thangam, Ranga's sister
Geethanjali as Geetha, Dharmaraj's daughter
Sundari Bai as Baby, Dharmaraj's wife
S. N. Lakshmi as Murali's mother
Shanmugha Sundhari as Ponnaiya's wife
Baby Sridevi as Thangam, child
S.M.Thirupadhisamy as Karunagaran, Murali's father

Production[edit]

The film was a remake of the Telugu film, Poola Rangadu (1967). It was directed by Adurthi Subba Rao, with A.N.R. and Jamuna, which itself was loosely based on A. J. Cronin's novel, Beyond This Place (1953).[2]

The song "Nenjam Undu Nermai Undu" was shot in different areas such as Besant Nagar, Central Station, Ripon building, LIC building and Anna statue.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Track list[4]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Nenjam Undu"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan (Solo)3.27
2."Neela Niram"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan & S. Janaki4.24
3."Kannukku Theriyada"VaaliP. B. Srinivas & L. R. Eswari4.06
4."Kondai Oru Pakkam"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela4.09
5."Kadavul Yen Kallanar"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan3.19
6."Aayiram Ennam Kondu"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela5.51
7."Aasai Iruku"Kannadasan & VenkatachalamT. M. Soundararajan & L. R. Eswari3.36
8."Nenjam Undu"KannadasanT. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela3.27

Release[edit]

The Indian Express wrote "There is nothing new in the story and nothing new is attempted. [..] The pace is slow but the photography makes up for it".[5]

Legacy[edit]

A film titled Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja was apparently taken from one of the songs of this film as a tribute to late MGR.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "En Annan". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (6 July 2018). "Poola Rangadu (1967)" – via www.thehindu.com.
  3. ^ "The city in celluloid". 18 August 2011 – via www.thehindu.com.
  4. ^ "En annan songs". Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  5. ^ "The Indian Express - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  6. ^ "சிவகார்த்திகேயன் தயாரிக்கும் இரண்டாவது படத்திற்கு எம்.ஜி.ஆர் பாடல் தலைப்பு…?". NDTV Tamil Cinema (in Tamil). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan's second production gets a title". The Indian Express. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

External links[edit]

En Annan on IMDb