The advertisement of the Malayalam version of the film
|Directed by||K. Vembu|
K. V. Koshi|
|Written by||Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai|
Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair|
B. S. Saroja
|Music by||V. Dakshinamoorthy|
|Cinematography||P. B. Mani|
|Edited by||S. Williams|
|Budget||₹ 5 lakhs|
|Box office||30 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.
The Tamil version was titled Pichaikkaari and released on 18 May 1951. Vidwan P. Adhimoolan wrote the dialogues and lyrics. The song Vanaraniye enthan manaraniye sung by Thiruchi Loganathan and P. Leela was a popular number.
- 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
The film was considered as the first "Super Hit" status Malayalam film. The film was both critical and commercial success and ran over 284 days in theatres.
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