|Directed by||M.V. Raman|
|Produced by||A. V. Chettiar|
|Written by||Ra. Venkatachalam
V. S. Venkatasalam
Chittor V. Nagaiah
|Cinematography||T. Muthu Sami|
|Edited by||K. Shankar|
Penn (தமிழ்: பெண், English: Woman) is a 1954 Tamil romantic comedy film written by Ra. Venkatachalam and directed by M. V. Raman. The film starred Vyjayanthimala, Gemini Ganesan, S. Balachander and Anjali Devi in the lead while Chittor V. Nagaiah, V. K. Ramasamy, K. N. Kamlam, K.R. Chellam and K. Sankarapani as the ensemble cast, was produce by A. V. Chettiar of AVM Productions. The film's score was composed by R.Sudharsanam with the lyrics were provided by Papanasam Sivan and Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Ku. Sa. Krishnamurthy, K. P. Kamakshi and V. Seetharaman. Editing was done by K. Shankar and M. V. Raman while the camera was handled by T. Muthu Sami.
The film's story revolves around two friends played by Vyjayanthimala and Anjali Devi.
- Gemini Ganesan
- S. Balachander
- Anjali Devi
- Chittor V. Nagaiah
- V. K. Ramasamy
- K. N. Kamalam
- K. R. Chellam
- K. Sarangkapani
The music was composed by R. Sudharsanam. Lyrics by Papanasam Sivan, Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Ku. Sa. Krishnamurthy, K. P. Kamakshi and Javar Seetharaman. Singers are Chittor V. Nagaiah & K. Sarangkapani. Playback singers are C. S. Jayaraman, T. A. Mothi, J. P. Chandrababu, T. S. Bagavathi, M. S. Rajeswari, A. P. Komala & P. Suseela.
The song Kalyaanam Kalyaanam....... Ullaasamaagave Ulagaththil Vaazhave sung by J. P. Chandrababu for S. Balachander becomes an instant hit and was still played in many television. Owing, to its popularity the song was remade by music director Sundar C Babu in Tamil film Thoonga Nagaram (2011) which had singer Karthik's voice. The song also included disc jockey's remix tunes with actor J. P. Chandrababu's voice had been reused along with the lyrics by Udumalai Narayana Kavi.
|1||Jaadhi Bedham Pesum Pollaa Samookam Maaraadhaa||Chittor V. Nagaiah||02:24|
|2||Sonna Sollai Maranthidalaamo Vaa Vaa Vaa||T. S. Bagavathi & M. S. Rajeswari||04:12|
|3||Eliyor Manam Paadum Paattile… Aandavan Aagaasamadhil Thoongukinraare||C. S. Jayaraman||03:48|
|4||Vaal Munaiyin Sakthiyinaal Ulagai Aaluvom||T. S. Bagavathi, M. S. Rajeswari & P. Suseela||08:33|
|5||Maadhar Thammai Izhivu Seyyum Madamaiyai Koluththuvom||T. A. Mothi||02:15|
|6||Baaradha Naattukkinai Baaradha Naadhe||M. S. Rajeswari||07:35|
|7||Kalyaanam Kalyaanam....... Ullaasamaagave Ulagaththil Vaazhave||J. P. Chandrababu||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:03|
|8||Pollaath Thanathai Enna Solven||T. S. Bagavathi||04:27|
|9||Agila Bharadha Penngal||T. S. Bagavathi||03:06|
|10||Pennai Nambaadhe Manidhaa||K. Sarangkapani||04:16|
|11||Ettaadha Kilaiyil Kittaadha Kani Pol||M. S. Rajeswari||04:14|
|12||Kaadhal Inba Vaazhvile Minnaamale Idi Veezhndhadhe||T. S. Bagavathi||03:29|
The film was a hit at box office.
The success of this movie basked the producer A. V. Chettiar to remade it in Hindi as Ladki with Kishore Kumar and Bharat Bhushan in S. Balachander and Gemini Ganesan role respectively. The film also made simultaneously in Telugu as Sangham with N. T. Rama Rao in Gemini Ganesan's role while S. Balachander reprises his role from the original. Among the cast Vyjayanthimala, Anjali Devi and Chittor V. Nagaiah are the only actors to reprises their role in all three language.
Character map of Penn and its remakes
|Penn (Tamil)||Sangham (Telugu)||Ladki (Hindi)|
|Raja (Gemini Ganesan)||Raja (N. T. Rama Rao)||Raja (Bharat Bhushan)|
|Rani (Vyjayanthimala)||Rani (Vyjayanthimala)||Rani Mehra (Vyjayanthimala)|
|Kanmani (Anjali Devi)||Kamini (Anjali Devi)||Kamini (Anjali Devi)|
|(S. Balachander)||(S. Balachander)||Kishore (Kishore Kumar)|
|(Chittor V. Nagaiah)||(Chittor V. Nagaiah)||(Chittor V. Nagaiah)|
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