| Thoppil Bhasi|
| September 3, 1976 (1976-09-03)|
by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan
Ponni (1976 film) Wikipedia
Ponni is a 1976 Malayalam language film scripted and directed by Thoppil Bhasi based on Malayattoor Ramakrishnan's novel of the same name. Produced by M. O. Joseph under the banner of Manjilas, the film features music by G. Devarajan, cinematography by Balu Mahendra and editing by M. S. Mani. It has Kamal Haasan in the lead role of the protagonist and Lakshmi in the eponymous role. The supporting cast includes Soman, Adoor Bhasi, Sankaradi, Bahadoor, Janardhanan, Rajakumari and K. P. A. C. Lalitha. The film was dubbed in Tamil as Kollimalai Maaveeran.
The film is based on the lifestyle of Adivasis of Attappady at Malleswaram Hills. Slash and burn cultivation practised by the Adivasis suddenly stopped by the Government forcing them to search for new jobs. The hero changes his hair style to suit the times. The courtship dance and traditional songs were depicted in a realistic way.
The film is based on Malayattoor's famous novel titled Ponni. The novel was written in 1966-67 and was inspired by true stories that Malayattoor heard when he worked as Ottappalam sub collector during 1959 - 1961.
The music was composed by G. Devarajan and lyrics was written by P. Bhaskaran.