|Directed by||B. N. Rao|
|Produced by||S. S. Vasan (Gemini Studios)|
|Written by||B. S. Ramaiya|
|Starring||K. L. V. Vasantha
V. V. Satagopan
T. S. Durairaj
|Music by||M. D. Parthasarathi
S. Rajeshwara Rao
|Cinematography||Adi M. Irani|
|Edited by||J. S. Sircar|
|28 November 1941|
|198 min. (17,907 feet)|
In 1940, S. S. Vasan purchased director K. Subramaniam's Motion Pictures Producers' Combine (MPPC) studios in a court auction. The company was renamed as Gemini Studios and entered film production in association with a group of businessmen from Dindigal. Dindugal Amirtham studios and Gemini came together to produce a new film titled Madanakamarajan. Later differences arose between them and Vasan bought out his partners and produced the film alone. B. N. Rao (Balakrishnan Narayanan Nair) was hired to direct the film. The film was based on a screenplay written by playwright B. S. Ramaiya. Carnatic musician V. V. Satakopan and popular actress K. L. V. Vasantha were cast in the lead roles. Table tennis player N. Krishnamurthy and Kothamangalam Subbu were cast in a supporting roles. Comic relief was provided by the comedian T. S. Durairaj. The film was advertised as a "Produced for Dindugal Amirtham Talkies At Gemini Studios" and not officially produced by the Gemini Studios. M. D. Parthasaraty and S. Rajeshwara Rao composed the music while Papanasam Sivan wrote the lyrics. The camerawork has handled by Adi M. Irani. The completed film was 17,907 feet in length.
Madanakamarajan is tale of the adventures of a prince (Satakopan) and his friend (N. Krishnamurthy).
Cast and crew
- K. L. V. Vasantha
- V. V. Sadagopan
- Kothamangalam Subbu
- T. S. Durairaj
- M. R. Santhanam
- M. V. Rajamma
- K. R. Chellam
- M. S. Sundaribai
- B. N. Rao - Director
- B. S. Ramaiah - Story, Screenplay
- M. D. Parthasarathy - Music
- S. Rajeshwara Rao - Music
- Papanasam Sivan - Lyrics
- Adi M. Irani - Cinematographer
- K. R. Sharma - Art director
- J. S. Sircar - Editor
- Nagarajarao - Still photographer
Partial list of songs in Madanakamarajan:
- Prema Premanee illamal - V. V. Satakopan
- Ennai therri thoodhu sella - K. L. V. Vasantha
- Ambaa Un Paatham - M. V. Rajamma
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