Raj Tilak (1958 film)

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Raj Tilak
RAJ TILAK 1958.jpg
Poster
Directed byS. S. Vasan
Produced byS. S. Vasan
Written byStory: K. J. Mahadevan
C. Srinivasan
Kothamangalam Subbu
Ramanand Sagar
Screenplay & dialogue:Ramanand Sagar
Based onThe Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
StarringGemini Ganesan
Vyjayanthimala
Padmini
Pran
Gajanan Jagirdar
Music byC. Ramchandra
CinematographyP. Ellappa
Edited byN. R. Krishna Sami
Production
company
Distributed byGemini Pictures
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
171 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Raj Tilak (Hindi: राज तिलक; English: Crown Prince) is a Bollywood Hindi film of 1958 Black-and-white Ruritanian romance epic film written by the Gemini Studios story department, consisting of K. J. Mahadevan, C. Srinivasan and Kothamangalam Subbu, along with Ramanand Sagar, while the film was directed and produced by S. S. Vasan.[1] The film features Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala in the lead, with Padmini, Pran, Gajanan Jagirdar, Bipin gupta, Meenakshi, Lalita Pawar, Durga Khote, Manmohan Krishna and Shammi, forming an ensemble cast.[2]

The screenplay was done by Ramanand Sagar, who had earlier worked with S. S. Vasan in Insaniyat.[3][4] The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban.[5]

Cast[edit]

Table of Vanjikottai Valiban and Raj Tilak[edit]

Vanjikottai Valiban (Tamil) Raj Tilak (Hindi)
Sunderalingam (Gemini Ganesan) Chander (Gemini Ganesan)
Mandakini (Vyjayanthimala) Mandakini (Vyjayanthimala)
Bathma (Padmini) Bathma (Padmini)
Senathipathi (P.S. Veerappa) (Pran)

Soundtrack[edit]

C. Ramchandra has composed the music of the songs.

  • "Chalna Sambhal Ke Jee" - Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
  • "O Jaan-e-Jigar Zara Dekho Idhar" - Singer: Asha Bhosle
  • "Aaj Na Jane Reh Reh Kyon Dil Yeh Mera Dole" - Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
  • "Dil Jo Doongi Raja Nikaal Ke" - Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
  • "Bum Bholanath Bum Bhola" - Singer: Manna Dey
  • "Aaja Tu Raja Aaja Mausam-e-Bahar Hai" - Singer: Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra
  • "O Maa Na Bolegi Na Bolegi" - Singers: Manna Dey
  • "Ho Dekho Aayi Re Ho Kaali Ghata" - Singers: Mohammad Rafi

Reception[edit]

According to the writer Ashokamitran, Raj Tilak was "the biggest flop Gemini ever made".[6]

Inspirations and remakes[edit]

The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban, which also directed by S. S. Vasan with Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala and Padmini.[5] The film itself was inspired by the 1884 novel The Count of Monte Cristo.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randor Guy (23 May 2003). "With a finger on people's pulse". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. ^ Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service) (01-04-2010). "Southside Male Bollywood". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-01-08. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service) (13 December 2005). "Ramanand Sagar: TV and cinema's blockbuster man". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Ramanand Sagar: A writer's sensibility". The Tribune. 25 December 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b Randor Guy (26 March 2011). "Vanjikottai Vaaliban 1958". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ Ashokamitran (2016). Fourteen Years with Boss. Penguin Books. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-14-342329-4.
  7. ^ Ramachandran, T.M (1985). 70 Years of Indian Cinema 1913 to 1983. I B D Ltd. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-86132-090-5. Retrieved 4 June 2011.

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