Thookku Thookki

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Thookku Thookki
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Directed byR. M. Krishnaswami
Produced byAruna Films
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
Lalitha
Padmini
Ragini
T. S. Balaiah
C. K. Saraswathi
Music by G. Ramanathan
CinematographyR. M. Krishnaswami
Release date
26 August 1954
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Thookku Thookki (The Carrier) is a 1954 Tamil film starring Sivaji Ganesan, Lalitha and [[Padmini (actress)|Padmini]]

Sivaji Ganesan Indian stage and film actor

Villupuram Chinnaiah Mandrayar Ganesha Murthy, known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, was an Indian actor, and producer. He was active in Tamil cinema during the latter half of the 20th century. He was known for his versatility and variety of roles depicted on screen, which gave him also the Tamil nickname Nadigar Thilagam. In a career that spanned close to five decades, he had acted 288 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.

Lalitha (actress) Indian actress

Lalitha was a South Indian actress and danseuse. She was the eldest of the "Travancore Sisters"—Lalitha, Padmini, and Ragini. She started her acting career in the 1938 Tamil film Adithan Kanavu and has acted in movies of different Indian languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. She entered films before her sisters, concentrating more on Malayalam films, and was good in Vampish roles.

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Plot

It was a successful Tamil play that had the following Tamil Maxims forming the core of its story.
1. A father cares only for the wealth earned by his son;
2. Only a mother stands by her son irrespective of whether he is rich or poor;
3. A sister values her brother only for the gifts he brings her;
4. A wife shall even murder her own husband; and
5. A friend in need is always a friend indeed. [1]

கொண்டு வந்தால் தந்தை;

கொண்டு வந்தாலும் வராவிட்டாலும் தாய்;
சீர் கொண்டு வந்தால் சகோதரி;
கொலையும் செய்வாள் பத்தினி;
உயிர் காப்பான் தோழன்;

[2]

A young prince Chitragathan (Sivaji Ganesan) hears the above-mentioned maxims at a debating society and sets out to prove them wrong. He had been sent to tour the country by his father, the King, to find wealth as well as new ways to improve the economy which is facing troubles.

Testing the first statement he deliberately goes home empty handed. He is scolded and banished by his father. But his mother vows to protect him in her palace, proving the second one too. He moves on to test the third one out. He visits his married sister, who welcomes him with big feast but quickly sours and insults him once she knows he hasn't brought any valuable gift. As the feasts get downgraded to leftovers served rudely, he confronts her and angrily walks out, acknowledging defeat.

Next up is his wife, princess in nearby Kingdom - who is having a not-so-secret affair with a clothing merchant. (T. S. Baliah). She tries to poison the prince's mind about his childhood friend who learns about the affair, to discredit him. Caught in a dilemma, Chitragathan enters employment of the merchant in disguise and learns the truth. Proving the fourth statement right, the wife tries to get him killed once she suspects he has figured out the truth. But he escapes. Not contented, the wife convinces her father to declare him a traitor for trying to grab the entire kingdom and conspiring to kill her and the King too!

He then flies to another city feigning lunacy, where he finds Malathy (Padmini) princess of the empire of Madhurapuri. He foils the attempt of the royal family's teacher's son to wed her by force. But his identity is revealed in the process and he is extradited back to his father-in-law's country to face trial.

The film concludes on a happy note with the truth revealed, thanks to help from the friend who literally saves his life, proving the final statement too. The wife commits suicide and Chitragathan and Malathy get married.

Cast

Padmini (actress) Indian actress

Padmini was an Indian Actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer, who acted in over 250 Indian films. She acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. Padmini, with her elder sister Lalitha and her younger sister Ragini, were called the "Travancore sisters".

Ragini (actress) Indian actress

Ragini (1937–1976) was a South Indian danseuse and actress. She was the youngest of the famed Travancore Sisters; Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini. She started her acting career in the mid-1950s along with her sister Padmini and has acted in movies of different Indian languages, including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The era of dance in Hindi cinema is considered to have begun with the entrance of Ragini and other South Indian actresses. Ragini died of breast cancer in 1976. She had acted in many dramas also.

T. S. Balaiah film actor

Thirunelveli Subramaniyan. Balaiah was an Indian actor best known for playing supporting roles in the Tamil films. He was introduced to the cine field by director Ellis R. Dungan in Sathi Leelavathi (1936), along with M. G. Ramachandran, N. S. Krishnan and M.K. Radha. He was one of the very few actors who excelled as a villain, as well as in character roles and comic roles.

Crew

G. Ramanathan Indian composer

Gobalsamy Ramanathan was an Indian music composer for Tamil movies. He is also known as Isai Methai or Sangeetha Chakravarthy and is considered to be one of the influential Tamil music composers to take Carnatic music to the masses. Notable for his association with M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. G. Ramanathan also composed for films of Salem Modern Theatres and Coimbatore Central Studios. His career lasted until his death in 1963. During the 1950s G.Ramanathan's music dominated most of the box office hits of the then leading Tamil movie stars Shivaji Ganesan and M. G. Ramachandran.

Udumalai Narayana Kavi Indian poet

Udumalai Narayana Kavi (1899–1981) was a tamil poet.

Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass

Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass is an Indian poet and script writer who wrote mainly in the Tamil language. He has written more than 500 lyrics for Tamil films.

Production

The film was an adaptation of stage play of same name which was made into a film in 1935 starring CVV Banthulu. [1] [3]

Soundtrack

The music was composed by G. Ramanathan. Lyrics by Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass & A. Maruthakasi. In less than 12 hours, Narayana Kavi wrote five of the eight songs, which were composed immediately by G. Ramanathan, rehearsed by T. M. Soundararajan and others. [1] When TMS was chosen as playback singer, Sivaji objected to the choice and wanted CS Jayaraman to sing all the songs. After hearing TMS's rendering, Sivaji was impressed with him and TMS went on to sing a lot for Sivaji. [4] The song "Sundari Soundari" is set in Kurinji raga. [5]

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Eraadha Malaidhanile" T. M. Soundararajan Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass03:12
2"Inba Nilai Kaana Innum En" M. S. Rajeswari A. Maruthakasi03:55
3"Sundhari Soundhari Nirandhariye" P. Leela, A. P. Komala & T. M. Soundararajan A. Maruthakasi04:55
4"Pengalai Nambaadhe Kangale" T. M. Soundararajan Udumalai Narayana Kavi 02:06
5"Pyari Nimbal Mele Namke Majaa"V. N. Sundharam & M. S. Rajeswari Udumalai Narayana Kavi 03:06
6"Abaaya Arivippu Aiyaa Abaaya Arivippu" T. M. Soundararajan Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass02:12
7"Kuranginilirundhu Pirandhavan Manidhan" P. Leela, A. P. Komala,
T. M. Soundararajan & V. N. Sundharam
Udumalai Narayana Kavi 05:14
8"Sattaam Pillaiyai.... Poongkavin Neengaadha" T. M. Soundararajan Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass01:21
9"Kanvazhi Pugundhu Karutthinil Kalandha" T. M. Soundararajan & M. S. Rajeswari A. Maruthakasi03:07
10"Aanum Pennai Azhagu Seivadu Aadai" T. M. Soundararajan Udumalai Narayana Kavi 03:44
11"Vaaranam Aayiram Soozha Valam Seidhu" M. L. Vasanthakumari & P. Leela Thiruppavai03:42

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