Sorgam

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Sorgam
Sorgam.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by T. R. Ramanna
Screenplay by Sakthi T. K. Krishnasamy
Story byNannu
Produced byT. R. Chakravarthi
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
K. R. Vijaya
Rajasree
R. Muthuraman
K. Balaji
CinematographyAmirtham
Edited byT. R. Srinivasalu
Music by M. S. Viswanathan
Production
company
Sri Vinayaga Pictures
Release date
  • 29 October 1970 (1970-10-29)
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Sorgam (transl.Heaven) is a 1970 Indian Tamil-language film directed by T. R. Ramanna, starring Sivaji Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya, Rajasree, R. Muthuraman and K. Balaji. The film was released on 29 October 1970 and became a major success, running for over 100 days at the box office.

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Plot

Three graduates, Kannan, Sampath and Shankar have different values and experience completely different things in life. Shankar wants to get rich with that being his only moral while Kannan stays honest. Sampath however is a crook and has no qualms about ruining anyone to get what he wants. Shankar still has goodness in him which attracts Vimala as they get married.

However, once Shankar starts to work and grow rich, she sees the goodness in him slowly erode. The other two also work with him but situations put them at loggerheads. In the end, Shankar relents to see that he has lost himself in his quest to become rich, changes his mind and helps the cops catch the culprits with help from Kannan and reformed Sampath.

Cast

Special Appearance

Themes

The film features a play based on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar where Marcus Junius Brutus murders the title character, which Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, writing for The Times of India , feels is symbolic of Balaji's character betraying Ganesan's character. [1]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack was composed by M. S. Viswanathan. [2] [3] The song "Ponmagal Vandhaal" was parodied in Pithamagan (2003), [4] and remixed by A. R. Rahman in Azhagiya Tamil Magan (2007). [5] The song's title was also used for a 2020 film.

SongSingersLyricsLength
"Ponmagal Vandhal" T. M. Soundararajan Alangudi Somu 03:22
"Azhagu Mugam" Jikki, S. Janaki Kannadasan 03:29
"Sollathe Yarum Ketal" T. M. Soundararajan 03:10
"Oru Muttharathil" P. Susheela 03:29
"Naalu Kaalu Sir" A. L. Raghavan, L. R. Eswari, S. V. Ponnusamy03:36

Release and reception

Sorgam was released on 29 October 1970, Diwali day. [6] It was the first film to be released at Devi theatre, which was inaugurated on 23 May 1970. [7] The Indian Express said "There are some films which try to go off the beaten track, and just when the viewer begins to say hurrah, they return to familiarity. [...] You are at a loss to discover whether the director is brave or just cunning." [8] Despite being released alongside another Ganesan film Engirundho Vandhaal , the film was a commercial success, [9] running for over 100 days in theatres. [10]

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