Naam Iruvar

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For the 1985 film, see Naam Iruvar (1985 film).
Nam Iruvar
Naam Iruvar (We Two) poster.jpg
Directed by A. V. Meiyappan
Produced by A. V. Meiyappan
Written by P. Neelakantan
Starring T. A. Jayalakshmi
Kamala Kumari
T. R. Mahalingam
T. R. Ramachandran
V. K. Ramasamy
Music by R. Sudarshanam
Cinematography T. Muthusamy
Edited by N. V. Raman
Release date
  • 12 January 1947 (1947-01-12)
[1]
Running time
153 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Nam Iruvar (English: We Two) is a 1947 Indian Tamil film directed and produced by A. V. Meiyappan.

Production[edit]

Based on a play Thyaga Ullam written by Pa. Neelakantan[2] and directed by Sahasranamam[3](which itself was based on the story of the 1936 film Iru Sahodhargal),[4][1] Nam Iruvar was directed and produced by A.V. Meiyappan. The film released in January, a few months before India's independence after six months of shooting and was a "thundering success".[1][5] The story begins with a Subramania Bharati anniversary and ends with Gandhi's 77th birthday celebrations. A notable feature of the movie were its songs which were written by Indian nationalist Subramaniya Bharati[6][7] and sung by D. K. Pattammal.[1][2]

The film is remembered for the dance performances of Baby Kamala.[2] It is also remembered as the first film produced under the banner of AVM Productions.[8] Following the success of the film, AVM moved his studio from Karaikudi to Kodambakkam in Chennai.[8][9] Nam Iruvar was also the last film directed by A. V. Meiyappan and extensively portrayed the hopes and aspirations of a nation on the brink of independence.

S. V. Sahasranamam who acted and directed the play was initially considered for the leading role. but couldn't take up the film due to other commitments hence he was replaced by T. R. Mahalingam.[10] The film also marked the debut of V. K. Ramasamy who appeared in the role of an evil old man at the age of 21.[11] The film had a prominent comedy track provided by T. R. Ramachandran of Sabapathy fame.[8]

Cast[edit]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Mahalingam plays the part of Sukumar, the son of a black-marketeer [4] who falls in the company of evil friends and invests his money in making a film in accordance with their advice. However, the film never sees the light of the day and leaves Sukumar heavy in debt. He is eventually questioned by financiers and when he fails to pay them, is dragged to court. How he is rescued from his perilous situation forms the climax of the story. At the end of the movie, Sukumar becomes a nationalist and a Gandhian[4]

Nam Iruvar also marked the debut of V. K. Ramasamy who plays the role of an evil old man who desires to marry Sukumar's lady-love Kannamma. The film had a prominent comedy track provided by T. R. Ramachandran of Sabapathy fame.

Songs[edit]

Music composed by R. Sudarasanam and lyrics written by Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar and K. P. Kamatchisundaram. Singers are T. R. Mahalingam and T. R. Ramachandran. Playback singers are Devanarayanan, D. K. Pattammal, T. S. Bagavathi and M. S. Rajeswari.

The song "Aaduvome" was written by Subramaniya Bharathi while other two songs were written by K. P. Kamatchisundaram. Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote that the film was remembered for "The scintillating song and dance numbers, ‘Aaaduvomey…..’ and ‘Vetri Ettum’, performed by ‘Baby’ Kamala".[12]

No Song Singer Lyrics Length(m:ss)
1 Iga Vaazhvinile Aaanandham T. R. Mahalingam & T. S. Bhagavathi K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:46
2 Aaduvome Pallu Paaduvome D. K. Pattammal Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 04:53
3 Vasandham Tharum Maalai T. S. Bagavathi K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:35
4 Viduthalai Viduthalai Viduthalai T. R. Mahalingam Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 01:33
5 Karunaamoorthi Gaandhi Mahaathmaa M. S. Rajeswari K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:01
6 Solai Malar Oliyo T. R. Mahalingam & T. S. Bhagavathi Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 03:16
7 Vetri Ettu Dhikkum Etta D. K. Pattammal Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 04:13
8 Vaazhiya Sendhamizhar Vaazhiya Natramizhar Devanarayanan & T. S. Bhagavathi Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar
9 Udal Aaviyum Pol T. S. Bagavathi K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:55
10 Amudhinai Vishamendru Devanarayanan K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:05
11 Maalai Neramidhe Kola Kuyil Koovudhe T. S. Bagavathi K. P. Kamatchisundaram 01:59
12 Devaamudha Mozhiyaale T. R. Mahalingam K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:10
13 Jega Meedhile Mei Kaadhalthaane T. R. Mahalingam & T. S. Bhagavathi K. P. Kamatchisundaram 02:08
14 Mahaan, Gaandhiye Mahaane M. S. Rajeswari K. P. Kamatchisundaram 03:27
15 Kodaiyile Ilaipaatrikolla T. R. Mahalingam Vallalar Ramalinga Adigal Arudpa 04:55

Reception[edit]

The reviewer for The Indian Express called the film "an interesting social drama well acted with the additional attraction of a few songs of the great Bharathi rendered by Mahalingam. Baby Kamala is responsible for some good dance numbers."[13] Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote that the concept "had nothing to do with the freedom movement, but it had everything to do with perceptively capturing the spirit of the times, making it a hit".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dhananjayan 2014, p. 64.
  2. ^ a b c "Kamala Lakshmanan - One hundred Tamils of the 20th century". tamilnation.org. Retrieved 2008-05-14. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Biography of AVM". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ a b c "Nam Iruvar". answers.com. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  5. ^ "From Naam Iruvar to Sivaji". The Hindu:Business Line. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Landamarks in Tamil cinema". Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  7. ^ Guy, Randor (7 January 2002). "She danced her way to stardom". The Hindu: Friday Review. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  8. ^ a b c Dhananjayan 2014, p. 66.
  9. ^ Guy, Randor (28 July 2006). "AVM, the adventurer". The Hindu: Friday Review. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  10. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 65.
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/2002/12/25/stories/2002122504390500.htm
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-cinemaplus/naam-iruvar-1947/article3024059.ece
  13. ^ ""We Two"". The Indian Express. 22 February 1947. p. 8. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  14. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/the-innovative-filmmaker/article3186485.ece

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