Rangoon Radha

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Rangoon Radha
ரங்கூன் ராதா
Rangoon Radha.jpg
Directed by A. Kasilingam
Produced by Mekala Pictures
Written by Karunanidhi
Story by C. N. Annadurai
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
P. Bhanumathi
M. N. Rajam
S. S. Rajendran
Rajasulochana
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Madhuram
Music by T. R. Pappa
Cinematography G. Durai
Edited by K. Perumal
Distributed by Mekala Pictures
Release date
1 November 1956
Running time
129 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

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.[1]

Production[edit]

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by T. R. Pappa.:[2]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.[3] Kalyanasundaram was paid 1000 per song.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
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

Reviews[edit]

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.[5]

Trivia[edit]

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).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangoon Radha". spicyonion. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Rangoon Radha Songs". inbaminge. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  3. ^ G. Neelamegam. Thiraikalanjiyam — Part 1 (in Tamil). Manivasagar Publishers, Chennai 108 (Ph:044 25361039). First edition December 2014. p. 116. 
  4. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/a-film-on-the-poet-who-loved-chennai/article6013331.ece
  5. ^ "Rangoon Radha Reviews". thehindu. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 

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