|Thulasi Maadam |
|Directed by||K. B. Srinivasan|
|Starring|| A. V. M. Rajan |
|Music by||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Distributed by||M. A. V. Pictures|
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.
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.
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The list is adapted from The Hindu article.
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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.
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The song Aadum Mayile Aattam Engey sung by T. M. Soundararajan became a super hit.
|1||Aadum MAyile Aattam Enge||T. M. Soundararajan||Ka. Mu. Sheriff||03:52|
|2||Chithirai Maadha Nilavinile||03:29|
|3||Ammaadiyo Athaanukku Kovatha Paaru||S. Janaki|
|4||Kalyaana Saappadu Podum Munne||Thiruchi Thiyagarajan||03:37|
|5||Maiyai Thottu Ezhudhiyavar||S. Janaki & Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi||03:31|
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."
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