Thulasi Maadam

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Thulasi Maadam
துளசி மாடம்

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Directed by K. B. Srinivasan
Written by Thamizhmaaran
Starring A. V. M. Rajan
Gemini Chandrakantha
V. Gopalakrishnan
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Distributed by M. A. V. Pictures
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Country India
Language Tamil

Thulasi Maadam (தமிழ்: துளசி மாடம், English: Thulasi plant or Basil plant) is a 1963 Indian Tamil Romance - Drama film directed by K. B. Srinivasan under the banner M. A. V. Pictures. The film's script was written by Thamizhmaaran. The film features A. V. M. Rajan, Gemini Chandraknatha (played dual role), V. Gopalakrishnan and Sharadha in the lead roles. [1]

Tamil language language

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and official language of the Indian state Tamil Nadu. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

Romance film film genre

Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on TV that focus on passion, emotion, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong, true and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Occasionally, romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love. As in all quite strong, deep, and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life, temptations, and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films.

Shanmugasundaram, known by his stage name A.V.M. Rajan, is a former Indian in Tamil cinema who was active during the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Pudukottai, Shanmugasundaram was very eager to join cinema though he held a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Madras University. His parents wanted to see him as a police officer. He came to Madras to write the examination, but didn't sit for the exam. He was not confident as he couldn't straighten his fractured left hand. Instead, while working at Raj Bhavan Guindy Chennai, he tried his luck in cinema knocking on the doors of every film company to earn a better income. At long last, his relentless efforts yielded result by getting him the opportunity to enter cinema through the film ‘Aayiram Kaalathu Payiru’ in which he was introduced as "Raja B.A.". Soon after, he was signed to act in the AVM’s film Naanum Oru Penn also.



Mary and Janaki are two look-alike women but they are not related to each other. Mary (Chandrakantha) is the daughter of a retired collector and Janaki (Chandrakantha, again) is from a middle class family. Mary is affianced to Thomas (V. Gopalakrishnan - Gopi), an army officer while Janaki is married to a company executive (A. V. M. Rajan). Janaki gives birth to a child. Janaki is found to have tuberculosis. So, her mother-in-law (S. N. Lakshmi) separates her from the child. In the meantime, Janaki's mother dies. The mother-in-law's adopted son Peter (Master Gopal) takes pity of the separated Janaki and her child. Accidentally he meets Mary, the look-alike of Janaki. Peter comes out with a clever plan and swaps Mary in place of Janaki. Several complications arise and finally the families are united. [1]


The list is adapted from The Hindu article. [1]

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S. N. Lakshmi actress

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The film was produced by M. A. Venu who earlier produced award winning films like Sampoorna Ramayanam and Mudhalali. Screenplay and dialogues were written by Thamizhmaran. [1]

<i>Sampoorna Ramayanam</i> (1958 film) 1958 film

Sampoorna Ramayanam is a 1958 Tamil-language Indian historical drama film directed by K. Somu. It is based on Valmiki's Ramayana. The film features N. T. Rama Rao and Sivaji Ganesan in lead roles. The film, produced by M. A. Venu, had musical score by K. V. Mahadevan and was released on 14 April 1958. It became a major commercial success, and ran for over 264 days in theatres, thereby becoming a silver jubilee film.

<i>Mudhalali</i> 1957 film by Muktha Srinivasan

Mudhalali is Muktha Srinivasan's 1957 Tamil directorial debut. This drama film was produced by M. A. Venu under M. A. V. Pictures. The movie stars S. S. Rajendran and debutante Devika in the lead roles, while M. N. Rajam, A. Kannaiyan and T. P. Muthulakshmi play in supporting roles. The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by K. V. Mahadevan, while the lyrics for the songs were written by Ka. Mu. Sheriff.


Music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan while the lyrics were penned by Ka. Mu. Sheriff and Thiruchi Thiyagarajan. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi & S. Janaki. [2]

K. V. Mahadevan Indian composer

K. V. Mahadevan was an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician known for his works in Tamil cinema, Telugu cinema, Kannada cinema, and Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his contributions in works such as Manchi Manasulu (1962), Lava Kusa (1963), Thiruvilaiyadal (1965), Saraswathi Sabatham (1966), Kandan Karunai (1967), Adimai Penn (1969), Balaraju Katha (1970), Athiparasakthi (1971), Sankarabharanam (1979), Saptapadi (1981), Sirivennela (1986), Shrutilayalu (1987), Pelli Pustakam (1991), and Swathi Kiranam (1992).

A playback singer is a singer whose singing is pre-recorded for use in movies. Playback singers record songs for soundtracks, and actors or actresses lip-sync the songs for cameras; the actual singer does not appear on the screen.

T. M. Soundararajan Indian singer

Thoguluva Meenatchi Iyengar Soundararajan, popularly known as TMS, was an Indian Carnatic musician and a playback singer in Tamil cinema for over six and a half decades. He lent his voice to actors and thespians in the South Indian film industry such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar, Ravichandar, AVM Rajan, Muthuraman, Nagesh, Siva Kumar, Kantha Rao, Rajkumar and A. Nageswara Rao. He also gave his voice to many new generation actors like Kamalahasan, Rajanikanth, Vijayakanth, Satyaraj, Rajesh, Prabhu, and Vijaya Kumar, in addition to other known and unknown heroes and supporting actors like M.R. Radha, K R Ramaswami, T. Rajendar, V.K. Ramaswami, Thengai Sreenivasan, M.N. Nambiar, Thangavelu, Y.G. Mahendran, R.S. Manohar, S.V. Ashokan, Ranjan, Narasimha Bharathi, Sahasra Namam,T S Balayya, Jagayya, Nagayya,Sreenath,Shankar etc. He sang over 10,138 songs from 3162 films, including devotional, semi-classical, Carnatic, classical and light music songs. He gave classical concerts starting in 1945.

The song Aadum Mayile Aattam Engey sung by T. M. Soundararajan became a super hit. [1]

1Aadum MAyile Aattam EngeT. M. SoundararajanKa. Mu. Sheriff03:52
2Chithirai Maadha Nilavinile03:29
3Ammaadiyo Athaanukku Kovatha PaaruS. Janaki
4Kalyaana Saappadu Podum MunneThiruchi Thiyagarajan03:37
5Maiyai Thottu EzhudhiyavarS. Janaki & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi03:31


The film did not fare well at the Box - Office. Film historian Randor Guy wrote that the film is remembered for "The interesting storyline, the melodious music and good performances by Rajan, Gopi, Chandrakantha, and Master Gopal." [1]

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