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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Prithvirajan (1942)

P. U. Chinnappa, A. Sakunthala, T.S. Balaiah, T. M. Ramaswami Pillai, M. R. Santhanalakshmi, S. D. Subbaiah, G. M. Basheer, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Mathuram, T. K. Sampangi, T. R. B. Rao, S. Velusami Kavi, Kali N. Ratnam, C. T. Rajakantham, P.S. Gnanam and K. K. Krishnaveni



HISTORICAL ROMANCE

The historical romance between the king of Kanauj, Prithvirajan, and Samyuktha, the lovely daughter of the king of Delhi, Jayachandran, was brought to the screen by Central Studios and Haran Talkies. Shot at Coimbatore, it was written and directed by B. Sampathkumar, who hailed from the old princely state of Mysore. It was he who directed the early MKT Bhagavathar hit, Sathyaseelan (1936).

Jayachandran and Prithvirajan joined hands and defeated Mohammed Ghori, but due to many reasons, the two became enemies, paving the way for Muslim rule over northern India.

Meanwhile, Prithvirajan (Chinnappa) falls in love when he sees a portrait of princess Samyuktha (Sakunthala). To insult him, her father Jayachandran (Ramasami Pillai) instals his statue at the entrance to the palace hall where the ‘swayamvara' (a ceremony to choose the bridegroom) by the princess is to take place. Getting wind of it, Prithvirajan rushes to the spot on a horse and carries away his sweetheart, while others present watch shocked and stunned…

The title role was enacted by the popular singing star of the day, Chinnappa, who ranked only next to M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. Attractive Sakunthala played Samyuktha. She had appeared in a minor role in the M. S. Subbulakshmi-Ellis R. Dungan classic, Sakunthalai (1940) as one of the girls in the hermitage. During the making of Prithvirajan, Chinnappa and Sakunthala fell in love and got married, making the reel life romance come true in real life.

The song by the rebel poet Subramania Bharati, ‘Bharatha samudhayam vaazhgavey', which referred to the Indian Freedom Movement in glowing terms, featured in the film. Interestingly, it was not credited to Bharati and was rendered with patriotic fervour by Chinnappa. That was the period of British Rule when there was a ban on Bharati's songs, and perhaps the producers felt the song would be scissored by the censors!

G. Ramanathan and A. Natarajan, with Ramanathan doing the orchestration, composed the music. The other songs were penned by Velusami Kavi who also directed some films.

As usual, NSK and Mathuram provided comic relief. So did Kali N. Ratnam and Rajakantham.

Despite Chinnappa in the title role and excellent performances by the others, the film did not do as well as expected.

During 1962, the same story was remade as Rani Samyuktha with M. G. Ramachandran and Padmini in the lead and directed by the noted multilingual filmmaker of that day, Yoganand. However, it was a flop.

Remembered for Chinnappa's impressive performance and pleasant music.

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