|Directed by||A. Kasilingam|
|Produced by||Mekala Pictures|
|Story by||C. N. Annadurai|
M. N. Rajam
S. S. Rajendran
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Madhuram
|Music by||T. R. Pappa|
|Edited by||K. Perumal|
|Distributed by||Mekala Pictures|
|1 November 1956|
Rangoon Radha (Tamil: ரங்கூன் ராதா) is a Tamil film about a man trying to steal his wife's fortune. It stars Sivaji Ganesan and P. Bhanumathi in the lead roles. The film was released on 1 November 1956.
The story was based on play Angel Street written by Patrick Hamilton. Adaptated to film in 1940 as Gaslight starring Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. Remade again in 1944 by MGM as Gaslight starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman and directed by George Cukor, the movie traced the eerie happenings at the family mansion of Paula Alquist at 9, Thornton Square, London.
Rangoon Radha was a story written by C. N. Annadurai, with the main plot inspired from Gaslight, and various sub-plots incorporated ingeniously to suit the Indian milieu.
Kottaiyur Dharmalinga Mudaliyar, a cunning scoundrel who appears as a noble man to the outside world. Rangam, his virtuous and long-suffering wife. Dharmalinga Mudaliyaar also has an eye on his sister-in-law Thangam. In order to marry Thangam and get control of the abundant wealth of the sisters, Dharamlingam ensures that everyone believes that Rangam is possessed by some evil spirit and is slowly becoming insane.
- Sivaji Ganesan as Dharmalinga Mudaliyaa
- P. Bhanumathi as Rangam
- M. N. Rajam as Thangam
- S. S. Rajendran
- Rajasulochana as Radha
- N. S. Krishnan as Vaithiyar
- T. A. Madhuram
- R. Muthuraman as Lawyer (uncredited)
- Producer: A. Kasilingam, R. M. Veerappan & M. Karunanidhi
- Production Company: Mekala Pictures
- Director: A. Kasilingam
- Music: T. R. Pappa
- Story: C. N. Annadurai
- Dialogues: Karunanidhi
- Lyrics: Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Bharathidasan, Udumalai Narayana Kavi, M. Karunanidhi, M. K. Athmanathan & Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram.
- Art Direction: K. Madhavan
- Editing: K. Perumal
- Choreography: K. N. Thandayuthapani, B. Sohanlal
- Cinematography: G. Durai
- Audiography: G. Mohan
- Songs Recording & Re-Recording: E. I. Jeeva
The music was composed by T. R. Pappa.:Lyrics by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Bharathidasan, Udumalai Narayana Kavi, M. Karunanidhi, M. K. Athmanathan, N. S. Krishnan & Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram. Singer is P. Bhanumathi & N. S. Krishnan. Playback singers are C. S. Jayaraman, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, T. V. Rathinam, T. S. Bagavathi, A. G. Rathnamala & P. Suseela. Kalyanasundaram was paid ₹1000 per song.
|1||Podhu Nalam Endrum Podhu Nalam||C. S. Jayaraman||M. Karunanithi|
|2||Thalaivaari Poochoodi Unnai||P. Bhanumathi||Bharathidasan||02:52|
|3||Ayarpaadi Kannaa Nee Aada Vaaraai Ennodu||T. V. Rathinam||M. Karunanidhi|
|4||Sankariye Kaaliyammaa Ammaachaamundiye Maari Thaaye||N. S. Krishnan||N. S. Krishnan||03:48|
|5||Pennaga Irundha Yennai ...Kaiyil Pirambedutthu||P. Bhanumathi||M. K. Athmanathan||03:49|
|6||Endrudhaan Thirundhuvadho||C. S. Jayaraman||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:36|
|7||Oli Padaiththa Kanninaai Vaa Vaa Vaa||T. S. Bagavathi||Mahakavi Bharathiyar|
|8||Thamizhe Thene Kanne Thaalelo||P. Bhanumathi||M. Karunanidhi||03:25|
|9||Ooradangum Velaiyile Ullam Kavarum Solaiyile||P. Suseela||Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram|
|10||Vaan Malar Solaiyil.... Kaatril Aadum Mullaikkodiye||P. Bhanumathi||M. Karunanidhi||03:25|
|11||Naatukkoru Veeran||Sirkazhi Govindarajan & A. G. Rathnamala||Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram|
In spite of the formidable writing credits, excellent cast and outstanding performances, Rangoon Radha did not do well as one had expected. Perhaps the negative role of Sivaji Ganesan had contributed to its not-so-warm welcome.
C. N. Annadurai was so besotted by the amazing histrionics that she displayed in the movie that he conferred upon Bhanumati the title nadippukku ilakkaNam (grammar for acting).
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