The film had a moralistic touch in that it sought to drive home the point that knowledge, wealth and strength are complementary to each other and need to co-exist amicably. K R Vijaya as Andal and Padmini as the dancer who falls in love with a sage, too, added a lot of grist to the proceedings. After a long hiatus during which he took a break from devotional themes and flirted with other genres, APN returned to his pet theme with Sri Krishna Leela , tracing the various exploits of Lord Krishna.
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He came from a theatre background, directed a few films with social themes and then drifted into the mythological space where he shone and proved his mettle as a writer and auteur par excellence.
This film dialgue its plot from a set of 64 stories penned by a sage Paranjothi Munivar and APN who produced, wrote and directed the move encapsulated four episodes all related to the human avatars taken by Lord Siva.
The interludes between these characters form the crux of the film, which after several twists and turns ends dislogue the holy trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma pacifying the goddesses and making them bury the hatchet. After a long hiatus during which he took a break from devotional themes and flirted with other genres, APN returned to his pet theme with Sri Krishna Leelatracing the various exploits of Lord Krishna.
The drawback of the film was its dialogur tempo with the scenes being long drawn out, leading to a sense of ennui among the audience. S V Venkataraman provided the musical score for the film with lyrics by Kannadasan but the popularity of a few numbers could not compensate for the lackluster treatment of the subject and the rather pedestrian performance of the lead stars.
Skip to main content. While the audience lapped it up, the film critics of the time felt that the film was too preachy and even picked holes in the performance of the lead actor Sivaji Ganesan. The interest in devotional films which was at its peak in the late '60s too had waned quite a bit.
Thiruvilaiyadal, Part 5 (Dialogues) - Nagesh & Sivaji Ganashan | Shazam
The highlight of APN's films was the music. The film had an overdose of melodrama and a theatrical touch as well, with theatre props being liberally used to portray various locations.
This film, thiruvilayaadl, turned out to be a box office hit. This, despite help from a stranger Lord Siva in disguise whom he meets in a temple and with whom he engages in a lengthy conversation.
One of the directors who caught the eye in the early sixties and seventies when Tamil cinema was still finding its feet was A P Nagarajan.
Thiruvilaiyadal, Part 5 (Dialogues)
CV Aravind Tuesday, June 20, - Today, a good five decades after some of his better films hit the screen, they are still talked about and their re-runs in the digital format have been able to set the box office registers ringing merrily.
They turn rivals at the instigation of the eternal celestial troublemaker Narada. The film had a moralistic touch in that it sought to drive home the point that knowledge, wealth and strength are complementary to each other and need to co-exist amicably. APN also ensured that the films did not merely angesh along but enlivened the proceedings with gripping dialogues, comedy, riveting music and standout performances.
K B Sundarambal as Avvaiyar was the surprise package in the film and her number in praise of Muruga remains popular even today. The News Minute newsletter Sign up to get handpicked news and features sent to your inbox.
The goddesses choose three human beings with Saraswathi turning a mute young man into a repository of knowledge, Lakshmi making a beggar girl wealthy and Parvathi bestowing strength and bravery to a coward and turning him into a powerhouse of strength. K R Vijaya as Andal and Padmini as the dancer who falls in love with a sage, too, added a lot of grist to the proceedings.
Nagarajan was entrusted with the screenplay and dialogues and the film went on to become a trendsetter in Tamil cinema. The film highlighted the spontaneous grace of Lord Vishnu towards his devotees and how he appears at the right moment to save them from ruin. It is a tribute to the trio of APN, KVM and Kannadasan that the lyrics and the music still linger in the memory of cineastes who patronized the films when they were released and also the present generation who watched the films in their re-runs.