In 1958 the movie' Uthama Puthiran' was produced by the Venus pictures, with Sridhar as the scrip writer and G. Ramanathan as music director. Sivaji Ganeshan played a dual role as brothers ,one turned in to a villain by M.N.Nambiar , his uncle and the other a man of virtues brought up by his mother Kannamba.The lyrics for songs was written by K.S. Gopalakrishnan who later churned out excellent movies like Karpagam ,Pesum Deivam etc. When Venus pictures came out with an advertisement of their movie in a leading newspaper with Shivaji in the leading role, the same day MGR announced a movie with the same title in the same paper .
But then Venus pictures not wanting to make an issue out of it went ahead with the shooting , as the script was ready and released it on the date announced. But MGR could not do so . So he changed the the title of the movie in to' Nadodi Mannan' and released it later which also turned in to a huge success.
Sridhar who later came out with his own Chitralaya productions with great hits like Kalyana Parisu , Then Nilavu etc had loads of talent which is visible in the movie right from the beginning .Padmini the danseuse lent her charm with graceful dance numbers while G. Ramanathan gave hit songs based on carnatic raagas .Songs like like Mullai malar mele, .Anbe Amuthe, Kathiruppan Kamala Kannan, Unnazhakai kanniyargal kandathinale etc.. were immortal pieces. The fusion song with a blend of carnatic and western music Yaradee Nee mohini can beat the so called fusion piece of the present times hands down. The bollywood sizzler Helen dances to Shivaji's beats where the graceful movements of the dancers blends beautifully with the song turning the enitre sequence a scene stealer. The singers took great efforts to bring out the charm of a song and it is doubtful whether any singer of the present calibre can bring out the beauty of the the song as P. Sushheela and others did.
Yarade nee mohini
nice review....you can watch the full movie here
thank you for visitng my blog on' uthamaputhiran.' yes the songs are absolutely captivating, based on pure classical ragas.the best part of the dance sequence' yaradee nee moginee' is that we get to see the sizzling cabaret dancer helen dancing with absolute graceful movements.wonderful choreography. a must see movie for its lovely songs .dance sequences and great acting by the talented artist sivaji ganeshan.
after reading your review i want to see the movie again.
the video clip is fascinating! what variations within this song and i cant believe it !
awesome flashback !i have listened to few songs of g ramanathan but all the songs of uttaman puthiran are gems .shivaji looks great and padmini and shivaji made a great pair.
this song sequence is one of the best, where the hard work of every artist speaks volumes .
thanks for making me relive old memories. it is really a foot-tapping piece and i remember a tv interview of sivaji and kamala hasan where the latter paid a glowing tribute to the senior actor over this dance.
dear geetrhamanian, you brought
yaradee nee mohini,
great song for that time and age...