Priya (1978 film)

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Priya
Priya 1978.jpg
Theatrical release poster in Tamil
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story bySujatha
Produced byS. P. Tamilarasi
StarringSridevi
Rajinikanth
Ambareesh
CinematographyBabu
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
S. P. T Films
Release dates
  • 22 December 1978 (1978-12-22) (Tamil)
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12) (Kannada)
Running time
148 minutes (Tamil)
CountryIndia
LanguagesTamil
Kannada

Priya is a 1978 Indian thriller film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Sridevi in the title role along with Rajinikanth, Aznah Hamid, and Ambareesh.[1] It was simultaneously made in Tamil and Kannada languages.[2] The story is an adaptation of writer Sujatha's novels. The Tamil version was released on 22 December 1978, and the Kannada version on 12 January 1979.[3] It was dubbed and released in Telugu as Ajeyudu which released on 10 March 1979 and was also dubbed in Hindi as Love in Singapore in 1983.[4] The soundtrack of this film is recorded using Dolby Stereophonic technology for the first time in Tamil cinema. It was Sridevi's first and only Kannada film as a lead actress.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

Priya is a movie star who is exploited by her producer Janardhan. Janardhan has such a tight control over Priya's financial and personal affairs that he refuses to let her marry her boyfriend Bharat. Before she flies off to Singapore for a film shoot, Priya seeks the help of lawyer Ganesh to get rid of Janardhan. How Ganesh helps Priya overcome her problems accounts for the rest of the film, which includes a side story of Ganesh falling in love with a Malay-Indian girl named Subadhra.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was shot in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[9] It was recorded using Dolby Stereophonic technology for the first time in Tamil cinema.[10] The "Akarai Cheemai Azhaginile" song's pallavi is based on the song "Kites" by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound.[11] The song "Hey Paadal Ondru" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Kapi.[12]

All lyrics are written by Panchu Arunachalam.

Tamil track list[13]
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ye Paadal Ondru"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:32
2."Akarai Cheemai Azhaginile"K. J. Yesudas4:21
3."Darling Darling"P. Susheela4:39
4."En Uyir Nee Thaane"K. J. Yesudas, Jency Anthony4:51
5."Sri Ramanin Sri Deviye"K. J. Yesudas4:02
Total length:22:25
Kannada track list[14]
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kavithe Neenu"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:32
2."Sagaradacheya"K. J. Yesudas4:21
3."Darling Darling"S. Janaki4:39
4."Nannali Neenagi"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:51
5."Thangaaliye"K. J. Yesudas4:02
Total length:22:25

All lyrics are written by Rajasri.

Telugu track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Darling Darling"P. Susheela4:35
2."Sree Raamuni Sreedevive"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:02
3."Nee Pedavula Lona"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:23
4."Chakkani Prakruthi Andaalu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Chorus4:21
Total length:17:21

Allegations[edit]

The footage of the famous car chase sequence from the Steve McQueen film Bullitt was edited and spliced into the climax scene of this film; however, the allegations that ensued was that it was done so without permission.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ கெளசிகன் (7 January 1979). "ப்ரியா". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 11. Archived from the original on 25 August 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  2. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 34.
  3. ^ "சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினிகாந்த் - ஒரு சரித்திரம் | சூப்பர் ஸ்டாரின் திரைக்காவியங்களின் பட்டியல்கள்". Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 22 June 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Ajeyudu". indiancine.ma. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 39.
  6. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 259.
  7. ^ a b c d Ramachandran 2014, p. 88.
  8. ^ a b Ramachandran 2014, p. 87.
  9. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja – Priya (45-RPM)". MusicCircle. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  10. ^ "'பிரியா' படத்தில் இளையராஜா இசை: இந்தி இசை அமைப்பாளர் சலீல் சவுத்ரி பாராட்டு". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 30 March 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  11. ^ Shekar, Anjana (5 March 2021). "Tamil film music and plagiarism: What fans feel about recurring issue". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  12. ^ Mani, Charulatha (7 December 2012). "Notes that intrigue". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Priya — EP by Ilaiyaraaja". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Priya (Kannada)". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  15. ^ "High Five". The Hindu. 7 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2 March 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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