Malaikallan (1954)

 ●  Tamil ● 3 hrs 6 mins

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Classic MGR movie about an outlaw, Kumaraveeran, who robs the rich to feed the poor while maintaining a double identity as the Muslim merchant Abdul Rahim. He falls in love with Poonkothai (Bhanumathi) who is later used by the police to entrap the hero. Eventually, the police officer turns out to be the bandit’s brother. According to M.S.S. Pandian (1992), in this film MGR established his political persona as a ‘superman’ imposing his own version of justice. The Karunanidhi script, replete with the customary DMK propaganda, inaugurated the crucial device of hinging its political message in a song: Pandian translates its lines as follows: ‘How long will they fool us/ in this land of ours?/We’ll open schools in every street/and see that none is unlettered/ We’ll teach many vocations/and banish starvation/Because they don’t even get a glimpse/of the hoarded money/Why do they keep yelling/There is no god?/Because He has not shown Himself/for far too long’. Written by Bharatidasan and sung by T.M. Soundararajan, the song was very popular. Malaikallan was remade in Hindi by the same studio as Azad (1955) starring Dilip Kumar.

Cast: Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, MG Ramachandran

Crew: SM Sriramulu Naidu (Director), Sailen Bose (Director of Photography), SM Subbaiah Naidu (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 22 Jul 1954 (India)

Tamil Name: மலைக்கள்ளன்

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as Poonkothai
as Kumaraveeran / Abdul Kareem
as Sokkesa Mudaliar
as Kathavarayan
as Sub-Inspector
as Kamakshi
as Parvathi alias Chinni
as Veerarajan
as Karuppiah
as Sadaiyan

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Saregama India Limited
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03:00
Music Director: SM Subbaiah Naidu
Playback Singer: TM Soundararajan
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Music Director: SM Subbaiah Naidu
Playback Singer: PA Periya Nayaki
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Music Director: SM Subbaiah Naidu
Playback Singer: PA Periya Nayaki
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Music Director: SM Subbaiah Naidu
Playback Singer: Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
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Music Director: SM Subbaiah Naidu
Playback Singer: Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
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Music Director: SM Subbaiah Naidu
Playback Singer: TM Soundararajan