Black & White Photographs From The Cinema Resource Centre Archives (XVI)

16-1Still from the movie Pattanathil Bhootham (1967) directed by M.V. Raman and written by Javar Seetharaman who plays the role of the Genie in the film. Seen here is the actor/comedian Nagesh.

Pattanathil Bhootham is a Javar Seetharaman written fantasy-comedy film inspired by the Hollywood movie Brass Bottle (1964). Seeetharaman, who started his career as a lawyer, joined Gemini studios in 1940s to pursue his career in films. His performance as Inspector Javet in the movie Ezhai Padum Paadu (1950) (directed by cinematographer/director K. Ramnoth) became very famous and thus his name got the prefix ‘Javet,’ later becoming Javar Seetharaman. Javar wrote the screenplay For S. Balachander’s benchmark film Andha Naal (1954). It was also his first work as a writer.

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