|Hari Pothen – Supriya
| Prem Nazir
Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair
|P. Bhaskara Rao
Thulabharam (transl. Weighing scale) is a 1968 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by A. Vincent. It is based on the Kerala People's Arts Club play of the same name, written by Thoppil Bhasi. Thoppil Bhasi also adapted the play for the screen. The film had an ensemble cast including Prem Nazir, Sharada, Madhu, Sheela, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair and Adoor Bhasi. The film won two National Awards. The film was a major blockbuster and following the Malayalam version, the film was made in Tamil (Thulabharam), Telugu ( Manushulu Marali ) and Hindi ( Samaj Ko Badal Dalo ), with Sharada playing lead roles in all versions.
Two close friends, Vijaya and Vatsala had to part ways after Vatsala's father, a lawyer loses a case of Vijaya's father and it results in the latter's death. Vijaya marries Ramu, a trade union leader against her will. Ramu leads a union strike and is killed when the agitation turns violent. Vijaya's life becomes miserable and she kills her starving children, but she is arrested before being able to commit suicide. In the end, she is given the death penalty by the prosecution, led by her former dear friend Vatsala, who had become a famous lawyer in the meantime.
Thulabharam is an adaptation of the Kerala People's Arts Club play of the same name, written by Thoppil Bhasi.
The music was composed by G. Devarajan and the lyrics were written by Vayalar Ramavarma.
|P. Susheela, B. Vasantha
|K. J. Yesudas
|P. Jayachandran, Chorus
|K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela
|K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki
|K. J. Yesudas
The film's success prompted for three remakes with Sharada playing the same role in all versions.The Tamil film with the same name was made by Vincent himself with A. V. M. Rajan replacing Nazir. V. Madhusudhana Rao directed the Telugu and Hindi versions.
The film won two awards at the 16th National Film Awards.
Prem Nazir was an Indian actor known as one of Malayalam cinema's definitive leading men of his generation. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. A popular cultural icon of Kerala, Nazir is often referred to as Nithyaharitha Nayakan. Nazir began his career as a stage actor and made his film debut with the 1952 film Marumakal. He took on the stage name Prem Nazir on the sets of his second film, Visappinte Vili (1952).
Madhavan Nair, commonly known by his stage name Madhu, is an Indian actor, director, producer, former college lecturer and former film studio owner, who works in Malayalam cinema and a certain number of Hindi and Tamil films. He was a prominent lead actor during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and has acted in more than 400 films. Madhu has also directed 12 films, produced 15 films and at one time owned the Uma Film Studio. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013 for his contributions towards the arts. He was honored with the J. C. Daniel Award by the Government of Kerala in 2004, for his outstanding contributions to Malayalam films. He is the president of Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) Kerala Unit.
Sarada is an Indian actress and politician. Known for her work predominantly in Telugu films and Malayalam films, Sarada is the recipient of three National Awards. She has also appeared in few Tamil, Hindi as well as Kannada language films. She is also known as Urvasi Sarada – National Film Award for Best Actress was officially designated the Urvasi Award. She won three National Awards for her roles in Thulabharam (1968), Swayamvaram (1972), and Nimajjanam (1977). Sarada won the NTR National Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her contributions to Indian cinema.
Cochin Express is a 1967 Indian Malayalam-language thriller film, directed by M. Krishnan Nair and produced by T. E. Vasudevan. The film stars Prem Nazir, Sheela, Adoor Bhasi and Sankaradi in lead roles. The film had musical score by V. Dakshinamoorthy. The film was subsequently made in Kannada as Bangalore Mail, in Telugu as Circar Express, in Tamil as Neelagiri Express, and in Hindi as The Train.
Nadi is a 1969 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by A. Vincent and produced by Hari Pothan. The film stars Prem Nazir, Sharada, Madhu and Kaviyoor Ponnamma. The film had musical score by G. Devarajan. The film is best known for the performance by Prem Nazir, and the songs.
Ramanan is a 1967 Indian Malayalam-language romantic musical film written, directed and produced by D. M. Pottekkat. It is an adaptation of Ramanan (1936), a poem by Changampuzha Krishna Pillai. The film stars Prem Nazir and Sheela. Madhu, Kottayam Chellappan, Kamaladevi, Meenakumari, Ramu Kariat, Adoor Bhasi, Usha Kumari and Manavalan Joseph play other important roles. The film was noted for its technical brilliance and for being the adaptation of an immortal poetical work, but was a box office flop.
Punnapra Vayalar is a 1968 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed and produced by Kunchacko. The film stars Prem Nazir, Sheela, Adoor Bhasi and P. J. Antony in the lead roles. The film had musical score by K. Raghavan.
Mudiyanaya Puthran is a 1961 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by Ramu Kariat. It stars Sathyan, Ambika Sukumaran, Kottayam Chellappan, P. J. Antony, J. A. R. Anand, Miss Kumari, Adoor Bhavani, Kedamangalam Ali, P. A. Thomas, Kambisseri Karunakaran, Thoppil Krishna Pillai and Adoor Bhasi.
Karutha Kai is a 1964 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by M. Krishnan Nair and produced by P. Subramaniam. The film stars Prem Nazir, Sheela, Adoor Bhasi and Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair. It was released on 14 August 1964. The film was remade in Telugu as Loguttu Perumallakeruka.
Mayavi is a 1965 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by G. K. Ramu and produced by P. Subramaniam. The film stars Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sheela, K. V. Shanthi, Rajalakshmi and Adoor Bhasi. The film had musical score by M. S. Baburaj.
Jeevithayaathra is a 1965 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by J. Sasikumar and produced by K. P. Kottarakkara. The film stars Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sheela, Ambika, Sukumari and Adoor Bhasi. The film had musical score by P. S. Divakar.
Chithramela is a 1967 Malayalam-language anthology film directed and produced by T. S. Muthaiah. It was Malayalam cinema's first anthology film. The cast includes Prem Nazir, Sharada, Sheela, K. P. Ummer, Kottayam Chellappan, S. P. Pillai, Adoor Bhasi, Bahadoor and Manavalan Joseph.
Mooladhanam is a 1969 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by P. Bhaskaran, written by Thoppil Bhasi and produced by M. Azim. The film stars Sathyan, Prem Nazir, Sharada and Jayabharathi in the lead roles. The film had musical score by G. Devarajan. Cinematography was handled by P. R. Ramalingam.
Aabhijathyam is a 1971 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by A. Vincent and produced by R. S. Prabhu. A remake of the Marathi film Manini (1961), it stars Madhu, Sharada, Sukumari and Kaviyoor Ponnamma. It was released on 12 August 1971. It was remade in Tamil as Petha Manam Pithu and in Telugu as Abhimanthavalu.
Aaradimanninte Janmi is a 1972 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed and produced by P. Bhaskaran. The film stars Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sheela and Jayabharathi. It is a remake of the Tamil film Neerkumizhi.
Nellu (transl. Paddy) is a 1974 Malayalam-language drama film directed by Ramu Kariat from a screenplay by K. G. George based on the 1972 award-winning novel of the same name by P. Valsala. It features an ensemble cast of Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair, Sankaradi and Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair. The film portrays the life of the Adiyar community, a tribe of the forests in the Wayanad hills of Kerala, through the eyes of an outsider.
Babumon is a 1975 Indian Malayalam-language film, directed by Hariharan and written by G. P. Balan. The film stars Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, Srividya and Adoor Bhasi. It is a remake of the Hindi film Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein.
Amrithavaahini is a 1976 Indian Malayalam film, directed by J. Sasikumar. The film stars Prem Nazir, Sharada, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair and Adoor Bhasi in the lead roles. The film has musical score by A. T. Ummer. The film was a remake of the 1963 Telugu movie Punarjanma which was also remade in Tamil in 1970 as Engirundho Vandhaal and in Hindi in 1970 as Khilona.
The 24th Filmfare Awards South ceremony honoring the winners of the best of South Indian cinema in 1976 was an event held on August 14, 1977, at Kalaivanar Arangam in Madras.
The 26th Filmfare Awards South ceremony honoring the winners of the best of South Indian cinema in 1978 was an event held on 10 June 1979 at Kalaivanar Arangam in Madras.