Premaloka

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Premaloka
Directed byRavichandran
Produced byRavichandran
Written by
Starring
Music byHamsalekha
CinematographyR. Madhusudan
Edited byK. Balu
Distributed bySri Eshwari Productions
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
  • 147 minutes (Premaloka)
  • 141 minutes (Paruva Ragam)
CountryIndia
Language
  • Kannada
  • Tamil
Budget₹1.7 crore
Box officeest.₹15 crore

Premaloka / Paruva Ragam (Kannada: ಪ್ರೇಮಲೋಕ) (Tamil: பருவ ராகம்)(English: World of Love) (English: The Melody of Age) is a 1987 bilingual romantic musical film written and directed by V. Ravichandran (credited onscreen simply as Ravichandran) in his directorial debut. He additionally served as producer under Eshwari Productions.

Produced simultaneously in Kannada and Tamil, the latter as Paruva Ragam, the film stars Ravichandran in the lead role alongside Juhi Chawla, in her acting debut. Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish and Tiger Prabhakar made guest appearances.

The screenplay was adapted from the 1982 American film Grease 2. The soundtrack composed by Hamsalekha included the lyrics of the tracks from the same movie - Back to School Again as Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare- Hogona Collejige and Who's That Guy? as Yaarivanu . The film was initially a flop, with low box office results and negative reviews, but, after positive word-of-mouth and repeat audiences, it ultimately grossed over nine times its budget.

Plot[edit]

A young man is in love with his classmate who rebukes his advances. Desperate for her affection, he decides to pose as a mysterious biker and sweep her off her feet.

Cast[edit]

Tamil Cast

Production[edit]

The film marked the directorial debut of V. Ravichandran.[1] For the lead actress, Ravichandran rejected 52 girls before choosing Juhi Chawla as the heroine.[2] Apart from composing music, Hamsalekha has also written lyrics for all songs and dialogues for the film.[3] When Ravichandran was mulling over the theme of the film, Hamsalekha suggested him to do a musical script on the lines of Sound of Music and Grease 2.[4]

Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish and Tiger Prabhakar made guest appearances in the film.[5] Jolly Bustin who went on to become a stunt master worked as a body double for Ravichandran.[6][7]

Soundtrack[edit]

Premaloka
Soundtrack album by
Released7 May 1986
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length47:39
LabelLahari Music

Hamsalekha composed the music for the film and also penned the lyrics for the soundtrack. The soundtrack album consists of eleven tracks.[8] The distribution rights were bought by Lahari Music for a hitherto record price of 150,000.[9]

The music and the songs in the film were widely appreciated and created records in the audio cassette sales during the time.[10] Tulsiram Naidu (Lahari Velu) of Lahari Audio, says, "Premaloka continues to be the biggest hit among film music albums in Kannada cinema. Back then audio rights were sold for a pittance and nominally paid 100 or 1,000. With Premaloka things changed and rights began to be sold in lakhs".[11] The lyrics of the soundtrack also received acclaim from critics.[12]

The soundtrack sold 3.8 million units, setting a record for South Indian soundtrack albums.[13]

The lyrics of two tracks from Grease 2 - Back to School Again and Who's That Guy? were retained as Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare- Hogona Collejige and as Yaarivanu, respectively. The other song Premalokadinda was an adaptation of the 1963 Chinese (Hokkien) song Cup (in the) Shadow.[14]

Kannada version[edit]

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Premalokadinda"HamsalekhaS. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas, Ravichandran4:34
2."Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:31
3."Ee Nimbe Hanninantha"HamsalekhaRamesh Weeratunga2:59
4."Nodamma Hudugi"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Latha Hamsalekha5:14
5."Cheluve Ondu Kelthini"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:19
6."Yaarivanu Ee Manmathanu"HamsalekhaS. Janaki, Ravichandran4:49
7."Boy Friend Barthaanantha"HamsalekhaS. Janaki, Ravichandran4:25
8."E Gangu Ee Biku Kalisikodu"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:44
9."Idu Nanna Ninna Prema Geethe"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
10."Mosagaarana"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
11."Bathroominalli"HamsalekhaVani Jayaram2:10
Total length:47:39

Tamil version[edit]

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Kadhal Illai"VairamuthuS. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas, Ravichandran4:34
2."Paadum ilam"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:31
3."Oru Minnal Pola"VairamuthuRamesh Weeratunga2:59
4."Kelamma Kelamma"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:14
5."Poove Unnai Nesithen"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:19
6."Yaar Evano"VairamuthuS. Janaki, Ravichandran4:49
7."Adea Amma Kannu"VairamuthuS. Janaki, Ravichandran4:25
8."Hey Maama Vandi Otta"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:44
9."Oru aanum pennum"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
10."Mosakaarana naan"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
11."Vanavillai parthen"VairamuthuVani Jayaram2:10
Total length:47:39

Box-office[edit]

The first few days of the film was bad at the box office. In fact, for the first three weeks, the film was considered a flop. But slowly, the film gained due to word-of-mouth publicity and repeat crowds. From the second month onwards, the film started getting houseful shows. The film rewrote history books and skyrocketed the careers of Ravichandran and Hamsalekha.[15]Meanwhile the tamil version also got released and went unnoticed.

Legacy[edit]

One of the songs, "Nodamma Hudugi," was reused by Sundeep Malani for his Kanglish film SMS 6260 featuring Diganth, Kiran, Janu.[16] Hamsalekha would go on to compose music for many more Ravichandran films.

Premaloka was dubbed in Telugu as Premalokam. Juhi Chawla recalling her experiences stated that "My 45-day shoot for Premaloka ensured that going on the set of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a cakewalk. The other good thing about Premaloka was that the team was young, so it was like college buddies hanging out. [..] Since the film was a musical, it was like a party on the set. The only senior person there was our cinematographer. I fondly look back at my stint in Kannada cinema during my early days as the foundation for my career in Bollywood".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Premaloka was my acting school: Juhi Chawla - TOI Mobile - The Times of India Mobile Site".
  2. ^ http://www.bangaloremirror.com/entertainment/south-masala/You-will-be-dumbstruck/articleshow/43355328.cms
  3. ^ http://www.bangaloremirror.com/entertainment/south-masala/Hamsalekha-to-don-directors-hat/articleshow/31682813.cms
  4. ^ "Sunday Herald entertainment » Musical musings - Deccan Herald - DailyHunt".
  5. ^ "Ranadheera may do a Premaloka - Bangalore Mirror".
  6. ^ "Such a Jolly ride".
  7. ^ "He defies the law of gravity". 17 March 2006 – via The Hindu.
  8. ^ "Premaloka (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  9. ^ Riti, M. D. (14 April 2001). "The Nightingale to sing in Kannada!". rediff.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Hamsalekha at his ribald best". The Music Magazine. Retrieved 21 August 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.bangaloremirror.com/entertainment/south-masala/Lahari-and-Eshwari-together-after-25-years/articleshow/45744473.cms
  12. ^ "The sparkling native pen". The Hindu. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Bahubali audio sold for Rs 3 cr, sets record". The Times of India. 21 May 2015.
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPGdcfT_rjE
  15. ^ "Jatta - How To Support A Trend Setting Film - chitraloka.com - Kannada Movie News, Reviews - Image".
  16. ^ "From text to film". 3 June 2006 – via The Hindu.

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