Vaazhkai Padagu

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Vaazhkai Padagu
Vazhkai Padagu poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by C. Srinivasan
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Written by Veppathur Kittu
Starring Gemini Ganesan
Devika
R. Muthuraman
K. Balaji
R. S. Manohar
M. V. Rajamma
Music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
Cinematography P. Ellappa
Edited by J. Balakrishnan
Production
company
Distributed by Gemini Pictures
Release date
26 March 1965
Running time
166 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Vaazhkai Padagu (lit. The Boat of Life) is a 1965 Tamil-language drama film directed by C. Srinivasan and produced by S. S. Vasan under Gemini Studios.[1] The film script was written by Veppathur Kittu and had music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy. It stars Gemini Ganesan, Devika played lead with R. Muthuraman, S. V. Ranga Rao, K. Balaji R. S. Manohar and M. V. Rajamma played pivotal role. The film was a remake of Hindi film Zindagi (1964).[1]

Plot[edit]

A young attractive and unemployed woman Seetha(Devika) taking up stage acting as a career. A wealthy man Kannabiran(K. Balaji) is after her, and uses his henchman(R. S. Manohar) to kidnap her. During the attempt, Rajan(Gemini Ganesan) and his clever dog Honey rescue her and the two fall in love. Rajan is the son of a Zamindar(S. V. Ranga Rao), who has a poor opinion of Seetha. However, after many hurdles, the two marry. The director of Seetha's stage troupe Gopal(R. Muthuraman) too is in love with her. But, she never responds. When Kannabiran is murdered. Gopal is arrested. He has an alibi - on the night of the murder, a young woman stayed with him in his house, but then he does not disclose her identity. The woman turns out to be Seetha and she gives them the evidence. One of the members of the jury is her father-in-law and complications follow with the husband leaving her and wishing to marry again. However, the truth comes out and the family is united in the end.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Vaazhkai Padagu is the Tamil remake of the Hindi film Zindagi (1964), also produced by Gemini Studios. It was Devika's first film with the studio.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

Vaazhkai Padagu
Soundtrack album by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
Released 1965
Recorded 1965
Length 25:04
Language Tamil
Label Saregama[2]

Music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy and lyrics written by Kannadasan

No Songs Singer Lyrics Length(m:ss)
1 Aayiram Penmai Malaratume P. Suseela Kannadasan 05:24
2 Netru Varai Nee Yaaro P. B. Srinivas 03:56
3 Unnai Thaane Naan Ariven P. Suseela 03:43
4 Chinna Chinna Kannanukku P. B. Srinivas 03:34
5 Pazhani Santhana Vaadai Sirkazhi Govindarajan L. R. Eswari 03:08
6 Thanga Magal P. Suseela 03:17
7 Kangale Kangale P. B. Srinivas 03:22

Release and reception[edit]

Vaazhkai Padagu was released on 26 March 1965.[3] The film was a box office success. Film historian Randor Guy said it would be "Remembered For: The interesting storyline, good performances by Devika, Muthuraman, Gemini Ganesan and Ranga Rao. And also for the pleasing music, impressive photography and the presentation on-screen".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Randor Guy (15 December 2012). "Blast from the Past Vaazhkai Padagu 1965". "The Hindu". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  2. ^ http://saregama.com/album/vazhaki-padagu_89700/
  3. ^ The Indian Express, March 26, 1965

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