Raj Tilak (1958 film)
Raj Tilak (Hindi: राज तिलक; English: Crown Prince) is a Bollywood Hindi film of 1958 Black-and-white Ruritanian romance epic film written by the Gemini Studios story department, consisting of K. J. Mahadevan, C. Srinivasan and Kothamangalam Subbu, along with Ramanand Sagar, while the film was directed and produced by S. S. Vasan. The film features Vyjayanthimala, Padmini and Gemini Ganesan in the lead, along with Pran, Gajanan Jagirdar, Bipin Gupta, Meenakshi, Lalita Pawar, Durga Khote, Manmohan Krishna and Shammi, forming an ensemble cast.
|Directed by||S. S. Vasan|
|Produced by||S. S. Vasan|
|Written by||Story: K. J. Mahadevan|
Screenplay & dialogue:Ramanand Sagar
|Based on||The Count of Monte Cristo|
by Alexandre Dumas
|Music by||C. Ramchandra|
|Edited by||N. R. Krishna Sami|
|Distributed by||Gemini Pictures|
- Cast according to the opening credited of the film
Table of Vanjikottai Valiban and Raj Tilak
|Vanjikottai Valiban (Tamil)||Raj Tilak (Hindi)|
|Sunderalingam (Gemini Ganesan)||Chandar (Ganesh)|
|Mandakini (Vyjayanthimala)||Mandakini (Vyjayanthimala)|
|Padma (Padmini)||Padma (Padmini)|
|Chokkalinga Navalar (T. K. Shanmugam)||Sardar Mangalsen (Jagirdar)|
|Navalar’s Wife (Kannamba)||Sardar Mangalsen's Wife (Durga Khote)|
|Murugan (S. V. Subbaiah)||Madho (Manmohan Krishna)|
|Ragamma (M. S. Sundari Bai)||Alka (Lalitha Pawar)|
|Senapathi (Veerappa)||Senapathi (Pran)|
|Kothaval (T. K. Ramachandran)||Gajpal (T. K. Ramchandar)|
|Gowri (Vijayakumari)||Savithri (Vijayakumari)|
|Young Rani (Meenakshi)||Maharani (Meenakshi)|
|Prince (Master Murali)||Prince (Master Romi)|
|King of Rathna Island (R. Balasubramaniam)||Maharaj Vikram Singh (Bipin Gupta)|
|King (D. Balasubramaniam)||Ship Captain (Kumar)|
|Velan (Thangavelu||Govind (Agha)|
|Velan's Wife (Muthulakshmi)||Govind's Wife (Shammi)|
C. Ramchandra has composed the music of the songs.
- "Chalna Sambhal Ke Ji" - Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
- "O Jaan-e-Jigar Zara Dekho Idhar" - Asha Bhosle
- "Aaj Na Jane Reh Reh Kyon Dil Yeh Mera Dole" - Lata Mangeshkar
- "Dil Jo De Doongi Raja Nikaal Ke" - Lata Mangeshkar
- "Bum Bholanath Bum Bhola" - Manna Dey
- "Aaja Tu Raja Aaja, Mausam-e-Bahaar Hai" - Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra
- "O Maa, Naa Bolegi Naa Bolegi" - Manna Dey
- "Ho Re Dekho Aayi Re Ho Kaali Ghata" - Mohammad Rafi
According to the writer Ashokamitran, Raj Tilak was "the biggest flop Gemini ever made".
Inspirations and remakes
The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban, which also directed by S. S. Vasan with Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala and Padmini. The film itself was inspired by the 1884 novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
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