Raj Tilak (1958 film)
|Directed by||S. S. Vasan|
|Produced by||S. S. Vasan|
|Written by||Story: K. J. Mahadevan
Screenplay & dialogue:Ramanand Sagar
|Based on||The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
|Music by||C. Ramchandra|
|Edited by||N. R. Krishna Sami|
|Distributed by||Gemini Pictures|
Raj Tilak (Hindi: राज तिलक ; English: Crown Prince) is a Bollywood Hindi film of 1958 Black-and-white Ruritanian romance epic film written by Gemini Studios story department consist of K. J. Mahadevan, C. Srinivasan and Kothamangalam Subbu along with Ramanand Sagar while the film was directed and produced by S. S. Vasan. 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 forms an ensemble cast.
- Gemini Ganesan as Chander
- Vyjayanthimala as Princess Mandakini
- Padmini as Princess Bathma
- Gajanan Jagirdar as Sardar Mangal Sen
- Bipin gupta
- Lalita Pawar
- Durga Khote
- Manmohan Krishna
Character map of Vanjikottai Valiban and Raj Tilak
|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)|
C. Ramchandra has composed the music of the songs.
- "Chalna Sambhal Ke Jee" - Singers: Asha Bhosale, Mohammad Rafi
- "O Jaan-e-jigar Zara Dekho Idhar" - Singer: Asha Bhosale
- "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 Bhosale, Sudha Malhotra
- "O Maa Na Bolegi Na Bolegi" - Singers: Manna Dey
- "Ho Dekho Aayi Re Ho Kaali Ghata" - Singers: Mohammad Rafi
The film was performed very well at the box office as it managed to run for 100 days in theatre.
Inspirations and remakes
The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban which also directed by S. S. Vasan with Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala and Padmini. The film itself was inspired by the 1884 novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
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