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.[1] 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.[2]

Raj Tilak
Poster
Directed byS. S. Vasan
Produced byS. S. Vasan
Written byStory: K. J. Mahadevan
C. Srinivasan
Kothamangalam Subbu
Ramanand Sagar
Screenplay & dialogue:Ramanand Sagar
Based onThe Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
StarringVyjayanthimala
Padmini
Gemini Ganesan
Pran
Gajanan Jagirdar
Music byC. Ramchandra
CinematographyP. Ellappa
Edited byN. R. Krishna Sami
Production
company
Distributed byGemini Pictures
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
171 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

The screenplay was done by Ramanand Sagar, who had earlier worked with S. S. Vasan in Insaniyat.[3][4] The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban.[5]

Cast

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)

Soundtrack

C. Ramchandra has composed the music of the songs.

Reception

According to the writer Ashokamitran, Raj Tilak was "the biggest flop Gemini ever made".[6]

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.[5] The film itself was inspired by the 1884 novel The Count of Monte Cristo.[7]

References

  1. Randor Guy (23 May 2003). "With a finger on people's pulse". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service) (01-04-2010). "Southside Male Bollywood". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-01-08. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service) (13 December 2005). "Ramanand Sagar: TV and cinema's blockbuster man". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  4. "Ramanand Sagar: A writer's sensibility". The Tribune. 25 December 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  5. Randor Guy (26 March 2011). "Vanjikottai Vaaliban 1958". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. Ashokamitran (2016). Fourteen Years with Boss. Penguin Books. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-14-342329-4.
  7. Ramachandran, T.M (1985). 70 Years of Indian Cinema 1913 to 1983. I B D Ltd. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-86132-090-5. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
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