The advertisement of the Malayalam version of the film
|Directed by||K. Vembu|
|Produced by||K. V. Koshi
|Written by||Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai|
|Starring||Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair
B. S. Saroja
|Music by||V. Dakshinamoorthy|
|Cinematography||P. B. Mani|
|Edited by||S. Williams|
|Budget||₹ 5 lakhs|
Jeevitha Nouka (English: The Boat of Life) is a 1951 Malayalam film directed by K. Vembu and jointly produced by K. V. Koshi and Kunchako. It was the first "super hit film" in Malayalam cinema, with a theatrical run of 284 days. Made at a budget of ₹ 5 lakhs, the film did extremely well at the box office, such that very few films could surpass it later. It was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu, and was dubbed and released in Hindi. The film portrayed the life of simple folk in a small village in Kerala. It stars Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair and B. S. Saroja in the lead roles, with the latter making her debut and the former in his first major role. Its music is composed by V. Dakshinamoorthy and popular playback singer Mehboob debuted through this film. It is a remake of the Hindi film Jeevan Nayya with revised screenplay. This film is partly coloured.
- Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair as Soman
- B. S. Saroja as Lakshmi
- Adhimoolam as Kaniyan
- Pankajavalli as Janu
- S. P. Pillai as Shanku
- Nanukuttan as Zamindar
- Sebastian Kunjukunju Bhagavathar as Soman's brother
- Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai
- Ambalappuzha Ravunni
- Baby Girija
- Soman Pillai
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