Thulabharam

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Thulabharam
Thulabharam poster.jpg
Poster
Directed by A. Vincent
Written by Thoppil Bhasi
Produced byHari Pothen – Supriya
Starring Prem Nazir
Sharada
Madhu
Sheela
Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair
Adoor Bhasi
CinematographyP. Bhaskara Rao
Edited byG. Venkittraman
Music by G. Devarajan
Production
company
Release date
  • 30 August 1968 (1968-08-30)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

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. [1] 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. [2] The film won two National Awards. [3] 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.

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Plot

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.

Cast

Production

Thulabharam is an adaptation of the Kerala People's Arts Club play of the same name, written by Thoppil Bhasi. [4]

Soundtrack

The music was composed by G. Devarajan and the lyrics were written by Vayalar Ramavarma.

No.SongSingersLyricsLength (m:ss)
1"Bhoomidevi Pushpiniyaayi" P. Susheela, B. Vasantha Vayalar Ramavarma
2"Katadichu" K. J. Yesudas Vayalar Ramavarma3:45
3"Nashtappeduvaan" P. Jayachandran, ChorusVayalar Ramavarma
4"Omanathinkalinnonam"K. J. Yesudas, P. SusheelaVayalar Ramavarma
5"Omanathinkalinnonam" (Pathos)P. SusheelaVayalar Ramavarma
6"Prabhaatha Gopura"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki Vayalar Ramavarma
7"Thottu Thottilla"K. J. YesudasVayalar Ramavarma

Remakes

The film's success prompted for three remakes with Sharada playing the same role in all versions. [5] 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. [4]

Awards

The film won two awards at the 16th National Film Awards. [4]

Filmfare Awards South

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