Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MUTHUKULAM RAGHAVAN PILLAI

Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai was a popular dramatist,screen play writer,poet and actor.He is honored as the 'Akshara Guru' of Malayalam talkies because he wrote the screenplay and dialogues of the first Malayalam
film with a soundtrack which was 'Balan' released in the year 1938.
Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai was born in Muthukulam, which is a small village in Alleppey District in the year 1900.Raghavan Pillai was famous as the writer of about 55 dramas and he was a regular writer for several professional drama troupes  like 'Oachira Parabrabhodaya '.Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai and N.P.Chellappan Nair were eminent
dramatists of that period.
When the film 'Balan' was produced by T.R.Sundaram of Modern Theaters, Salem, as per the request of
A.Sundaram Pillai, who was partner in the film production  it was planned that the screenplay and dialogues would be written by A.Sundaran Pillai.
But later it was decided that Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai should be given that task of writing it for the first
scene from 'Balan'
talkie in Malayalam.The blessed writer was also responsible for the 23 songs in that film.The lyrics for all the
songs were written by Muthukulam and composed by Ibrahim and K.K.Aroor.
Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai got appreciation for writing the story,Screenplay and dialogues of the first blockbuster film in Malayalam 'Jeevitha Nouka' also.Jeevitha Nouka was dubbed in to several other languages
and remade in other languages also.Thickurissi Sukumaran Nair became the first Superstar of Malayalam Cinema by that film.
For dozens of  other films like 'Koodapirappu'  Raghavan Pillai wrote story and screenplay.Koodapirappu
was the film in which lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma debuted.It is in that film that Prem Nawas, Prem Nazir's brother debuted and acted as hero.Ambika (Old actress) acted as heroine for the first time  in that film and it was her second film in the acting career.
Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai  had acted in more than 150 films mostly in character roles and supporting roles.He had published books like Tatataka,Parinayam and Kathakali.He died in 1979.
Selected Filmography
Jeevitha Nouka
Kidappadam


Koodapirappu
Kavyamela
Rajamally
Bhagyamudra
Kalyana photo
Ponni
Ummini Thanka
Punarjanmam
Ponkathir
Nalla Thanka
Yachakan
Viyarpinte Vila
Vivahitha
Saraswathi
Kadamattathachan
Pavapettaval
Visappinte Vili
Viplavakarikal
Pinchu Hridayam
Kallipennu
Chekuthante Kotta
Daham
Avar unarunnu
Achanum Makanum
Archana
Ezhuthatha Kadha
Balya Prathinja
Kalyana Rathriyil
Lottery Ticket
Nair Pidicha Pulival
Karutha Rathrikal
Kannum Karalum
Sabarimala Sreee Dharma Sastha
Ollathu Mathi
Kudumbini
ithu njangalude lokam
Lady Doctor
Vazhve Mayam
Velakkaran
Vidhi thanna vilakku

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