B. R. Panthulu
3 October 1958
Sabaash Meena (English: Bravo Meena) is a 1958 Indian Tamil-language comedy-drama film directed by B. R. Panthulu and starring Sivaji Ganesan, J. P. Chandrababu, Malini and B. Saroja Devi in the lead roles. The film, had musical score by T. G. Lingappa and was released on 3 October 1958. J. P. Chandrababu played dual role, one was Sivaji's idle friend and another one his look alike, a rickshawpuller in Madras, speaks typical Madras Tamizh. The look alike roles naturally gave a lot of scope for comedy and Chandrababu speaking the Madras lingo was excellent.
'Sabash Meena' is a laugh riot which shows how a simple poor girl manages to change a rich spoilt brat, making him a responsible person. Mohan (Sivaji Ganesan) is a rich spoilt brat. His erratic and irresponsible behavior forces his father Sadasivam Pillai to send him to his friend Appadorai's place in Madras to work and learn something in life. Mohan a street smart guy sends his friend Shekar (Chandrababu) in his place to Appadorai. Appadorai, who has not seen Mohan accepts Shekar as Mohan and gives him a job. Shekar falls in love with Appadorai's daughter and Mohan who meets Meena in a bus falls for her. What follow is a hilarious depiction of both their love stories and the confusions it creates.
The music composed by T. G. Lingappa. Singer is J. P. Chandrababu. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, T. A. Mothi, T. G. Lingappa, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, P. Suseela & K. Jamuna Rani.
Two songs became popular — Chitthiram Pesuthadi (sung by T. M. Soundararajan/Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi), and Kaanaa Inbam (sung by T. A. Mothi & P. Suseela) — and both were picturised on Sivaji Ganesan.
The film was a big success and did well even in non-Tamil areas such as Karnataka. Panthulu dubbed it into Telugu as Sabash Pilla which however did not do very well. Sabhash Meena had Sivaji Ganesan in the lead, but the way the film developed his role became somewhat secondary with the thunder being stolen by Chandrababu — the latter played a double role. Remembered for the scintillating comedy with Chandrababu excelling and Sivaji Ganesan contributing to the fun. And also for the tuneful music.
Sabhash Meena was later remade into Hindi as Dil Tera Deewana with Shammi Kapoor, (Sivaji Ganesan’s role), Mehmood (Chandrababu), Mala Sinha (Malini) and Subha Khote ( Saroja Devi) directed by Panthulu, this version too was received well. Panthulu also directed Kannada remake Aliya Geleya with Gangadhar and Narasimharaju. The film was also remade in Malayalam as Chirikkudukka.
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