Thomasleeha

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Thomasleeha
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Poster of the film
Directed by P. A. Thomas
Produced byP. A. Thomas
Based onApocryphal missionary work of St. Thomas in India
Starring Mohan Sharma
Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair
Bahadoor
Music by Salil Chowdhury
Release date
  • 19 July 1975 (1975-07-19)
CountryIndia
Language Malayalam

Thomasleeha or St. Thomas is a 1975 Malayalam historical drama film based on the life of St. Thomas the Apostle and his missionary work in India. It was directed and produced by P. A. Thomas. [1] [2]

Malayalam language spoken in Kerala and Lakshadweep of India

Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé) by the Malayali people, and it is one of 22 scheduled languages of India. Malayalam has official language status in the state of Kerala and in the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé) and is spoken by 38 million people worldwide. Malayalam is also spoken by linguistic minorities in the neighbouring states; with significant number of speakers in the Nilgiris, Kanyakumari, and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu, and Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka. Due to Malayali expatriates in the Persian Gulf, the language is also widely spoken in Gulf countries.

Thomas the Apostle Early Christian, one of the twelve apostles and a saint

Thomas the Apostle, also called Didymus ("twin"), was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament.

India Country in South Asia

India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

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Plot

The film tells the story of St. Thomas who reached Kerala in 52 AD to spread the Christian faith among Jews and locals who are today known as Saint Thomas Christians or Nasranis. He established Ezharappallikal or Seven and Half Churches in Kerala. These churches are at Kodungallur, Palayoor, Kottakkavu (Paravur), Kokkamangalam, Niranam, Nilackal (Chayal), Kollam and Thiruvithamcode (half church). He was killed in 72 AD, attaining martyrdom at St. Thomas Mount near Mylapore, Chennai (Thus getting the name).

Kerala State in southern India

Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-third largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.

Saint Thomas Christians Indian ethnoreligious group

The Saint Thomas Christians, also called Syrian Christians of India, Nasrani or Malankara Nasrani or Nasrani Mappila, are an ethnoreligious community of Indian (Malayali) Syriac Christians from Kerala, India, who trace their origins to the evangelistic activity of Thomas the Apostle in the 1st century. The terms Syrian or Syriac relate not to their ethnicity but to their historical, religious, and liturgical connection to Syriac Christianity. The term Nasrani was derived from Semitic languages and refers to Christians in general.

Mylapore Taluk in Tamil Nadu, India

Mylapore is a neighborhood in the central part of the city of Chennai, India. It is one of the oldest residential parts of the city. It is also called Thirumayilai. The locality is known for its being the birthplace of the celebrated Tamil philosopher Valluvar. The place is also the resting place of St.Thomas, the Apostle of Jesus Christ.

Cast

Mohan Sharma is an Indian actor and film producer, acts in south Indian languages and has produced more than 15 films in the South Indian languages of Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. He became noted through his role in Chattakari, a 1974 Malayalam movie alongside actress Lakshmi.

T. R. Omana is an Indian actress in Malayalam films. She mainly acts in supporting roles and mother roles. She has acted in more than 500 films.

Prathapachandran Indian actor

Prathapachandran was a Malayalam film actor who left a vivid impression through his dramatic portrayal of villainous and character roles in over 300 movies. He was born in 1941 at Omallur in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India. He died on 16 December 2004. He was 63.

Soundtrack

The music was composed by Salil Chowdhary and Sebastian Joseph.

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Dhoomthana" Vani Jayaram Vayalar
2"Dukhithare Peedithare" K. J. Yesudas, ChorusVayalar
3"Malayattoor Malayumkeri"K. P. Brahmanandan, Selma George, Zero Babu, RamaniKedamangalam Sadanandan
4"Vrischikappenne"K. J. Yesudas, Sabitha ChowdharyVayalar

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