Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum

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Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum
Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKrishnan–Panju
Produced byA. V. Meiyappan
Screenplay byJavar Seetharaman
StarringJaishankar
Jamuna
Kutty Padmini
Nagesh
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyS. Maruti Rao
G. Vittal Rao
Edited byPanjabi
Vittal
Production
company
Release date
  • 19 November 1965 (1965-11-19)
Running time
167 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum (lit. Child and God) is a 1965 Tamil-language Indian film directed by the duo Krishnan–Panju, starring Jaishankar, Jamuna and Kutty Padmini. An adaptation of Disney's The Parent Trap (1961), itself based on Erich Kästner's German novel Lottie and Lisa, the film tells the story of two twin girls bringing together their separated parents. The film, produced by AVM Productions and featuring music by M. S. Viswanathan, released on 19 November 1965. It was a commercial success, and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. Krishnan–Panju remade the film twice; in Telugu as Leta Manasulu (1966) and in Hindi as Do Kaliyaan (1967). In Malayalam by J. Sasikumar as Sethubandhanam (1974). It was also remade in kannada as Makkala Bhagya (1976).

Plot[edit]

Two twin sisters bring together their separated parents.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Kuzhandhaiyum Deivamum adapted from Disney's The Parent Trap (1961) which told the story of twin girls bringing together their separated parents. The Parent Trap itself was based on Erich Kästner's German novel Lottie and Lisa.[1][2] Actor and screenwriter Javar Seetharaman adapted that film in Tamil, making changes in the screenplay to suit the local milieu.[1] AVM chose Krishnan–Panju to direct the film.[3] Jaishankar was selected to play the male lead and it was the third film which featured him in a leading role.[4] Jamuna was chosen to play his character's divorced wife, and Kutty Padmini as the twins.[1] Cinematography was handled by S. Maruti Rao and G. Vittal Rao, art direction by A. K. Sekar,[5] and Panju edited the film under the pseudonym "Panjabi".[1] The climax was shot at Palani.[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by M. S. Viswanathan and the lyrics were written by Vaali and Kannadasan.[7] The song "Pazhamuthir Solai" is set in the Abheri raga,[8] and "Enna Vegam Nillu Bhama" is set in Shivaranjani.[9] The song "Anbulla Maanvizhiye" was remixed by Rafi in the film Jaggubhai (2010).[10] Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote, "One of the major factors contributing to the success of the movie was its melodious music composed by M. S. Viswanathan. Many of the songs became hits and are still remembered today".[1]

No. Songs Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Enna Vegam Nillu" T. M. Soundararajan A. L. Raghavan Vaali 4:42
2 "Anbulla Maan Vizhiyae" T. M. Soundararajan P. Suseela Vaali 4:47
3 "Naan Nandri Solven" M. S. Viswanathan P. Suseela Vaali 3:48
4 "Anbulla Mannavane" (sad) T. M. Soundararajan P. Suseela Vaali 3:32
5 "Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum" P. Suseela Kannadasan 3:57
6 "Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum" (campfire song) Kannadasan 1:30
7 "Pazhamuthir Solaiyilae" Vaali 4:12
8 "Ahah Idhu Nalliravu" L. R. Eswari Kannadasan 4:04
9 "Kozhi Oru Koottile" M. S. Rajeswari Kannadasan 2:54

Release and reception[edit]

Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum was released on 19 November 1965.[5] The Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, in a review dated 19 December 1965, applauded Padmini's performance and stated that she was the sole reason to watch the film, which the reviewer called childish.[11] Writing for Sport and Pastime, T. M. Ramachandran criticised the film's lack of originality, but called it a "clever adaptation" of The Parent Trap, and described Padmini's dual role performance as the film's "pièce de résistance".[12] The film was a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres.[1] At the 13th National Film Awards, it won in the Best Tamil Film category.[13]

Remakes[edit]

Krishnan–Panju remade the film twice; in Telugu as Leta Manasulu (1966) and in Hindi as Do Kaliyaan (1967).[1] It was also remade in Malayalam by J. Sasikumar as Sethubandhanam. (1974).And in kannada as Makkala Bhagya (1976). [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Guy, Randor (30 July 2011). "Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum 1965". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  2. ^ Tanmayi, Bhawana (10 September 2017). "Letha Manasulu was released in 1966 and was one of the big hits of the year". Telangana Today. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 157.
  4. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (9 June 2000). "A philanthropist till the end". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Kuzhandhaiyum Deivamum". The Indian Express. 19 November 1965. p. 3.
  6. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 158.
  7. ^ "Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  8. ^ Mani, Charulatha (5 August 2011). "A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  9. ^ Mani, Charulatha (28 September 2012). "Sivaranjani for pathos". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  10. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (26 January 2010). "Gung-ho about Jaggubhai". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  11. ^ "சினிமா விமர்சனம்: குழந்தையும் தெய்வமும்" [Movie Review: Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 19 December 1965.
  12. ^ Ramachandran, T. M. (18 December 1965). "Another Box-Office from A.V.M." Sport and Pastime. Vol. 19. p. 51.
  13. ^ "Recipients of State Awards for Films 1965" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  14. ^ Vijayakumar, B. (3 December 2010). "Tamil Movies made in Malayalam". Old is Gold. Archived from the original on 8 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Saravanan, M. (2013) [2005]. AVM 60 Cinema. Rajarajan Pathippagam.

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