Kula Dheivam

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Kula Deivam
Kuladeivam.jpg
Poster
Directed by Krishnan-Panju
Produced by SK Pictures
Written by Murasoli Maran
Based on Banga Kora
Starring S. V. Sahasranamam
Pandari Bai
Music by R. Sudarsanam
Cinematography Maruthi Rao
Edited by S Panjabi
Production
company
SK Pictures
Release date
  • 29 September 1956 (1956-09-29)
Running time
168 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kula Deivam (lit.Family deity) is a 1956 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Krishnan-Panju. The film was produced by SK Pictures and stars S. V. Sahasranamam and Pandari Bai in the lead roles, while Rajagopal, S. S. Rajendran, Chandrababu, S. A. Ashokan and Vijayakumari play pivotal roles. The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by R. Sudarsanam, while the lyrics for the songs were written by Subramaniya Bharathi, Bharathidasan, Kamatchisundaran, Athmanathan and Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram.

Maruthi Rao and S. Panjabi handled cinematography and editing respectively. The screenplay and dialogues were written by Murasoli Maran. The film was released on 29 September 1956, and became a commercial success, winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

The film was a remake of 1954 Bengali film Banga Kora. The film was remade in Hindi as Bhabhi and in Kannada as Jenu Goodu. Pandari Bai reprised her role in all versions except Bengali.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
S. V. Sahasranamam Muthaiya
Pandari Bai Santha
M. K. Mustafa
M. N. Rajam
S. S. Rajendran Rajaiya
C. R. Vijayakumari
Kuladeivam Rajagopal Chinnaiya
Mynavathi
M. R. Santhanalakshmi
Appa K. Duraisamy Father of Muthaiya brothers
D. Balasubramaniam Kannappan
Kallapart Natarajan
P. S. Vengadasalam
A. Karunanithi
J. P. Chandrababu
P. S. Gnanam
S. A. Asokan Doctor
K. S. Angamuthu Neighbour
Master Murali Kanmani

Production[edit]

Kula Deivam was based on a Bengali film Banga Kora.[1] It was directed by the duo Krishnan-Panju, and the dialogues were written by Murasoli Maran, making his cinematic debut.[2] Stage actor V. R. Rajagopal, who appeared in this film, later adapted the film's title as a prefix to his name.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Soundtrack was composed by R. Sudharsanam and lyrics were written by Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiyar, Bharathidasan, Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram, K. P. Kamatchi and M. K. Athmanathan. Playback singers are C. S. Jayaraman, T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, M. M. Muthu, M. L. Vasanthakumari, T. V. Rathinam & P. Suseela.

A Kriti composed by Oothukadu Venkata Subbaiyer, Thaaye Yasodha Undhan, was included in the film for a dance sequence of Kumari Kamala. It was sung by M. L. Vasanthakumari.

The album was released under the label "Saregama".[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Thaaye Yasodaa Undhan Aayar Kulatthudhittha M. L. Vasanthakumari 05:42
2 Kottupotta Poota Chinna Machane P. Suseela 02:06
3 Aanum Pennum T. V. Rathinam 02:37
4 Kaiyaale Kannai.... Mudiyadhu Nanba Mudiyadhu T. M. Soundararajan 04:48
5 Inba Vargamellaam.... Vetkamillai Vetkamillai C. S. Jayaraman Bharathidasan 04:27
6 Kaadhal Kaadhal Kaadhal T. M. Soundararajan 03:34
7 Vaarayo Ennai Paaraayo T. V. Rathinam 03:10
8 Adiyaargal Ullatthile (Pathar Vellai kootthu) T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan & M. M. Muthu 06:16
9 Sathiram Paarkadhadi C. S. Jayaraman

Release[edit]

Kula Dheivam was released on 29 September 1956.[5] The film was a commercial success, and ran for over 100 days in theatres.[2] Randor Guy of The Hindu noted that the film was "Remembered for the socially relevant storyline, excellent performances by Sahasranamam and Pandari Bai, pleasing music and touching on-screen narration".[3] The film was remade in Hindi as Bhabhi (1957) which also was a success and was also remade in Kannada as Jenu Goodu (1963). The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tamil cinema's Bong connection — Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  2. ^ a b "குலதெய்வம் படத்தில் விஜயகுமாரி அறிமுகம்". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 8 January 2017. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  3. ^ a b Guy, Randor (4 December 2010). "Blast from the past: Kula Deivam 1956". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Kuladeivam songs". Saregama. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=P9oYG7HA76QC&dat=19560929&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  6. ^ "4th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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