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

17-1Still 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. Pictured here is the comedian Nagesh in the song Ulagathil Siranthathu Ethu.

Pattanathil Bhootham (1967) has Jaishankar, Nagesh and K.R. Vijaya in lead roles. The film’s music was composed by R. Govardhanam, though it might be mistaken for MS Viswanathan’s work. Govardhanam was assisting the duo Viswanathan-Ramamurthy most of his career. He is often referred to as an unsung hero of Tamil Cinema music. A trombone was used in the song Ulagathil Siranthathu Ethu (the image above is from this song). The film was also famous for a notoriously written song by Kannadasan who wanted an appointment with the then Chief Minister Kamaraj, he penned the lines, “Andha Sivagami Maganidam,” as Sivagami was the Chief Minister’s mother.

 

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