|Directed by R. S. Mani|
Screenplay by C. V. Sridhar
Music by T. Chalapathi Rao
Director R.S. Mani
Written by C. V. Sridhar
|Produced by N. S. Diraviyam|
Story by Amiya Chakraborthy
Initial release 21 April 1961
Music director T. Chalapathi Rao
Cinematography A. Vincent
|Starring Sivaji GanesanPadminiRaginiP. KannambaK. A. ThangaveluT. R. Ramachandran|
Cast Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, Ragini, K A Thangavelu, Pasupuleti Kannamba
Similar Meenda Sorgam, Amara Deepam (1956 film), Uthama Puthiran (1958 film)
Punar Janmam (Rebirth) is a 1961 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by R. S. Mani. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, Ragini and P. Kannamba in lead roles. The film, produced by N. S. Diraviyam under Vijaya Films banner, had musical score by T. Chalapathi Rao and was released on 21 April 1961.
Shankar (Sivaji Ganesan) is a successful artist and lives with his mother (Kannamba). He takes to alcohol, and as a result, messes up his life. A woman in his village, Parvathi (Padmini), is in love with him, but she is unable to make him quit alcohol. Her brother’s wife Kamakshi (Sundari Bai), however, hates Parvathi, and when she wins ₹1 lakh in a lottery, it only makes her headstrong. Parvathi suffers the brunt of her ill-treatment. Kamakshi’s daughter, Pushpa (Ragini), meanwhile, falls in love with her music teacher. The mother decides to get them married even though her son does not approve.
In order to change himself, Shankar goes to Madras, leads a reformed life, and earns well with his artistic skills. Kamakshi, meanwhile, brings his family house to auction. Shankar’s mother is shocked and later passes away. However, just in time, Shankar comes with his earnings and stops the auction. He leaves his village once more. Parvathi, who is engaged to marry someone, is heartbroken and consumes poison. Shankar rushes to save her and gives her a new lease of life and the lovers are united.
The film was produced by N. S. Draviam (N. S. Krishnan’s brother), under the banner of Vijaya Films. The film was directed by R. S. Mani, who trained under the American Tamil filmmaker, Ellis R. Dungan. This film was written by C. V. Sridhar. Aloysius Vincent was the cinematographer while the choreography was handled by Madhavan, Hiralal and Sohanlal.
The sound track was composed by T. Chalapathi Rao, with lyrics by Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram, Kannadasan and A. Maruthakasi.Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, A. M. Rajah, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, Thiruchi Loganathan, P. Suseela, Jikki, S. Janaki & Saraswathi.
According to Randor Guy of The Hindu, the film did not do well "as the storyline was familiar", but he noted that the film was remembered for "The brilliant performances by Padmini and Sivaji Ganesan, its interesting screenplay, the dialogue of Sridhar and the deft direction of the experienced filmmaker, R.S. Mani".