Vedhala Ulagam

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Vedhala Ulagam
Vedhala Ulagam.jpg
Theatrical poster
வேதாள உலகம்
Directed byA. V. Meiyappan
Produced byA. V. Meiyappan
Written byP. Neelakantan
Screenplay byP. Neelakantan
Based onRao Bhathur Pa. Sambatha Mudilayar
StarringT. R. Mahalingam
Mangalam
K. Sarangapani
C. T. Rajakantham
R. Balasubramaniam
Music byR. Sudarsanam
Choreography:
Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiyah Pillai
CinematographyT. Muthusamy
Audiography:
E. I. Jeeva
Art:
A. Balu
Set:
S. Arumuga Aachari[1]
Edited byM. V. Raman
Processing:
T. V. Krishnaiah
Production
company
Distributed byAVM Productions
Release date
11 August 1948
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Vedhala Ulagam (English: Demon Land) is a 1948 Indian Tamil fantasy film directed and produced by A. V. Meiyappan of AVM Productions. The film was adapted from the stage play of the same name by Pammal Sambandha Mudaliar and the adaptation was written by P. Neelakantan. Music was by R. Sundarsanam. The film starred T. R. Mahalingam, K. Sarangapani, C. T. Rajakantham, Mangalam and K. R. Chellam in lead roles, with R. Balasubramaniam and Pandari Bai in supporting roles. Kumari Kamala, Padmini, Lalitha and Thara Choudhary made cameo appearances.[2][3] The film ran successfully in theatres.


Cast[edit]

Male cast
  • T. R. Mahalingam as Rajasimhan (Prince of Macha Desam)
  • K. Sarangapani as Thatthadreyan (Rajasimahan's friend)
  • R. Balasubramanyam as Mahendra Varman (Demon King/Mahendrapuri King)
  • G. M. Basheer as Senathipathy (General of Demon land)
  • Kulathu Mani as Vedhala Thalivan (Head of the Demons)
  • M. Vishwanathan
  • D. B. Ramachandran
  • D. B. Bhairavan
Female cast
  • Mangalam (Yoga-Mangalam) as Rajeevi (Mahendrapuri Princess/Step daughter of Demon Queen)
  • K. R. Chellam as Mohana Valli (Demon Princess/Rajeevi's Step Sister)
  • C. T. Rajakantham as Komathi (Demon Queen/Mahendrapuri Queen)
  • B. Chandra as Kumuda Sundari
  • Pandaribai as Kali Devi
  • A. S. Jaya
  • Gandhimathi
Dance

Production[edit]

Vedhala Ulagam was adapted by P. Neelakandan from the stage play of the same name written by Pammal Sambandha Mudaliar. The film was entirely shot at AVM Studios, with sets built by A. Balu. Vedhala Ulagam shot at the AVM studio in Karaikudi situated on the outskirts of Devakottai. Not many are aware that some parts of the film were shot earlier with T. A. Jayalakshmi (heroine of the AVM hit, Naam Iruvar), but for many reasons she was replaced by Mangalam (Yogam), who along her sister Yogam were well known dancers. The dance sequence of Kumari Kamala, Lalitha, Padmini and Tara Choudary was choreographed by Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Vedhala Ulagam
Soundtrack album by
R. Sudarsanam
Released1948
Recorded1948
GenreSareegama and Carnatic
LanguageTamil
ProducerR. Sudarsanam

Music composed by R. Sudarasanam and lyrics written by Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar, K. D. Santhanam, Papanasam Sivan and N. Raghavan. Singers are T. R. Mahalingam and K. Sarangkapani. Playback singers are D. K. Pattammal, T. V. Rathinam, P. A. Periyanayaki, M. S. Rajeswari, and T. S. Bagavathi.

The song Ayyaya Paarkka Kannu Koosuthey (voice K. Sarangkapani) was a straight lift from the famous song of Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, I i..i.. Like You Very much.[3]

Singing Star T. R. Mahalingam, one of the top names in Tamil cinema sang a solo and duets with Mangalam (Voice T. S. Bhagavathi). One of the songs picturised on Mangalam, Vaarai Inbam Thanthai, was hummed by one and all. As the story line was thin, AVM introduced song and dance sequence (including a dance drama Pavalakodi by baby Rhadha (Kumari Kamala's younger sister)) which proved to be popular Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar song in the Virahha Thaapam and Thoondil Puzhuvinai Pol (Kumari Kamala voice D. K. Pattammal).

Famous dancer Tara Choudary's dance sequence and another dance drama featuring Lalitha and Padmini in Vasamulla Poo Paripeney. As a post script sequence at the end of the movie, Kamala danced to the popular song Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai (Voice D. K. Pattammal and lyrics Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar). The happy couple T. R. Mahalingam and Mangalam watch this sequence.[3]

No Song Singer Lyrics Length(m:ss)
1 Kalviyil Sirantha Thamizh Nadu T. R. Mahalingam Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 4:59
2 Mahaasugidha Rooba Sundhari T. R. Mahalingam 3:02
3 Magaanaaga Sundhara Mana Mohanan T. S. Bagavathi 3:00
4 Satthiyam Seidhu Tharuven K. Sarangkapani 0:36
5 Senthazhavum Vennilave T. R. Mahalingam & T. S. Bhagavathi 6:45
6 Anandham Aanen Naan Aahaa M. S. Rajeswari 2:36
7 Solai Azhaginil Maalai Vasandhame T. S. Bhagavathi 3:02
8 Aiyaiyaiya Paarkka Kannu Koosudhe K. Sarangkapani 2:22
9 Thoondir Puzhuvinai Pol D. K. Pattammal Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 3:59
10 Adhi Parashakthi T. R. Mahalingam 2:26
11 Vaarai Inbam Thandhai T. S. Bhagavathi 2:22
12 Aadum Mayil Paadum Kuyil M. S. Rajeswari 1:46
13 Velaar Vizhi Maadhai Manam Seiya T. V. Rathinam 1:20
14 Ezhil Annam Vadivaagi Eduthheginen P. A. Periyanayaki 1:32
15 Iravile Vandhaan Inba Sugam Thandhu M. S. Rajeswari 1:56
16 Saantham Kolvaai En Sagodhariye P. A. Periyanayaki 1:31
17 Odi Vilayadu Pappa T. S. Bhagavathi & M. S. Rajeswari Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 3:08
18 Un Manam Kalangatho T. R. Mahalingam 2:21
19 Vasam Ulla Pooparipene T. S. Bhagavathi & M. S. Rajeswari 8:20
20 Theeratha Villayattu Pillai D. K. Pattammal Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar 5:17
21 Dhayai Purivai
Kambhoji Ragam
T. R. Mahalingam Papanasam Sivan 2:53

Trivia[edit]

The last sequence was hand tinted in color and drew large crowds because such colored sequences in Tamil Cinema were rarities then. Murugesan was an expert craftsman, who could paint every frame in the positive print. Unfortunately, Murugesan died in obscurity and poverty. Being a tale of demons, there were number of trick sequences in the film which were well executed by the in-house cinema and T. Mathuram whom few remember today. The picturised set were contributed by well known art director A. Balu. The interesting screenplay, narration, pleasing music and exquisite sets and dances.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "vedhala ulagam movie". gomolo. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ "vedhala ulagam". spicyonion. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Randor Guy (19 December 2008). "todays paper vedhala ulagam 1948". "The Hindu". Retrieved 29 December 2015.

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