|Based on||Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan|
|Music by||S. V. Ramanan|
Asia Jothi Films
Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan (lit. For whom did he cry?) is a 1966 Indian Tamil-language drama film written, produced and directed by Jayakanthan. It is based on his novel of the same name. The film stars Nagesh, K. R. Vijaya, T. S. Balaiah, S. V. Sahasranamam and Wahab Kashmiri. The film deals with a mentally retarded servant boy who is wrongly accused of theft in the lodge he works at.
Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan was released on 14 April 1966. Although the film received critical praise for its content and technique, it failed commercially, and Jayakanthan did not direct any film afterwards.
Joseph is a mentally retarded servant boy working at a lodge in Madras. An inebriated Sait, who arrives at the lodge to stay, gives his cash to the lodge owner for safekeeping. The next morning, the Sait has forgotten to whom he gave the cash, so he accuses Joseph. The owner exploits this situation and keeps the money. When interrogated, Joseph remains taciturn. A woman lodger who was deserted by her lover, tries to help, but only the return of the head cook Naidu, who was previously on vacation, discovers the truth and clears Joseph's name.
- Nagesh as Joseph
- K. R. Vijaya as the woman lodger
- T. S. Balaiah as the lodge owner
- S. V. Sahasranamam as Naidu
- Wahab Kashmiri as the Sait
Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan was produced and directed by novelist Jayakanthan under his own banner Asia Jothi Films. It was his second directorial venture after Unnaipol Oruvan (1965), and based on his own novel of the same name. The original producer, G. N. Velumani, wanted Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri to be in the lead roles; days before principal photography began, he backed out and Jayakanthan took over as producer, with Nagesh and K. R. Vijaya cast instead. While primarily a melodrama, the film also included overtones of the thriller genre. Nagesh, then known primarily as a comedian, was cast against type in a serious role as the male lead Joseph. The cinematography was handled by Nemai Ghosh. The film had no dance sequences, and the music was composed by S. V. Ramanan. The film's final cut measured 4,813 metres (15,791 ft). Jayakanthan did not direct any further films after this, but did collaborate on the production of Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1976) and Oru Nadigai Natakam Parkiral and (1978), both adapted from his novels.
Release and reception
Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan was released on 14 April 1966. Though the experimental film received praise for its content and technique, it was a commercial failure. Writing for Madras Musings, Randor Guy praised it for making a "strong socially relevant statement". Film historian S. Theodore Baskaran wrote that it brought a "whole new dimension" of Nagesh's acting ability, and that though film did not get much notice during its theatrical run, he was "lucky to catch it in its first few days in Chennai". He described the film as "very realistic natural cinema", praised Nagesh for "emoting more through body language than dialogue" and the cinematography by Ghosh, adding that the dialogues were "written so as to not divert the focus of the film."
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