Priya (1978 film)
|Produced by||S. P. Thamizharasi|
|Screenplay by||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Edited by||R. Vittal|
S. P. T Films
|148 mins (Tamil)|
|Box office||₹17 lakh|
Priya is a 1978 film, made in Tamil and Kannada, directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Sridevi in the titular role along with Rajinikanth, Aznah Hamid and Ambarish in supporting roles. Priya is a beautiful girl whose boyfriend is Sumant Raja . The story is an adaptation from writer Sujatha's Ganesh - Vasanth novels. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office.
- Rajinikanth as Ganesh
- Sridevi as Priya
- Ambarish as Bharath
- Major Sundarrajan / K. S. Ashwath as Janardhan (K. Ashwath in Kannada)
- Thengai Srinivasan as Film director
- Aznah Hamid as Subathra
- K. Natraj as Kaali muthu
- Thideer Kannaiah as Vasanth
Priya (Sridevi) is a movie star, who is exploited by her producer Janardhan / K. Ashwath (Major Sundarrajan). Janardhan has such a tight control over Priya's financial and personal affairs that he refuses to let her get married to her boyfriend Bharat (Ambarish).
Before she flies off to Singapore for a film shoot, Priya seeks the help of Lawyer Ganesh (Rajinikanth) to get rid of Janardhan.
How Ganesh helps Priya overcome her problems accounts for the rest of this movie, which includes a side story of Ganesh falling in love with a Malay-Indian girl (Aznah Hamid).
The original story written by Sujatha was based in London setting with the Scotland Yard playing a central role. But the film adaptation chose a Singapore and Malaysia as the backdrop and the police force is left out.
The soundtrack features five songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja being his 50th film, with lyrics by Panju Arunachalam.
The soundtrack of this film is recorded using Stereophonic technology for first time in Tamil cinema. "Akarai Cheemai" song was loosely inspired by "Kites" by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound. The song "Hey Paadal Ondru" is set in Kapi raga.
- Tamil version
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length 1. "Ye Paadal Ondru" Panchu Arunachalam K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki 4:32 2. "Akarai Cheemai" Panchu Arunachalam K. J. Yesudas 4:21 3. "Darling Darling" Panchu Arunachalam P. Susheela 4:39 4. "En Uyir Nee Thaane" Panchu Arunachalam K. J. Yesudas, Jency Anthony 4:51 5. "Sri Ramanin" Panchu Arunachalam K. J. Yesudas 4:02
- Kannada version
No. Title Singer(s) Length 1. "Kavithe Neenu" K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki 4:32 2. "Sagara Dacheya" K. J. Yesudas 4:21 3. "Darling Darling" S. Janaki 4:39 4. "Nannali Neenagi" K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki 4:51 5. "Thangaaliye" K. J. Yesudas 4:02
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.
- "'பிரியா' படத்தில் இளையராஜா இசை: இந்தி இசை அமைப்பாளர் சலீல் சவுத்ரி பாராட்டு -- Priya in the film Music Music". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.