Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum
Poster
Directed byI. V. Sasi
Written byAllapee Sheriff (Malayalam)
Vietnam Veedu Sundaram (Tamil)
Starring
CinematographyRamachandra Babu
Edited byK. Narayanan
Music byG. Devarajan
Production
company
Supriya Creations[1]
Release date
14 April 1979 (Malayalam)
8 June 1979 (Tamil)
Running time
142 minutes[2]
CountryIndia
Languages
  • Malayalam
  • Tamil

Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum (transl. Aladdin and the magical lamp) is a 1979 Indian fantasy film directed by I. V. Sasi based on Aladdin's story from One Thousand and One Nights. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Jayabharathi, Sripriya, Gemini Ganesan, Savitri and S. A. Ashokan. It was simultaneously filmed in Malayalam and Tamil languages, the latter as Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum (transl. Aladdin and the wonderful lamp) which was released on 8 June 1979, two months after the Malayalam version which came on 14 April 1979.

Plot

Kamaruddin, the commander of the armed forces of Baghdad, has a desire for princess Roshni, the heiress to the kingdom, as her husband will rule the land after the Caliph's death. Roshni, however, loves street urchin Alavuddin, and he reciprocates. Alavuddin's childhood friend Jameela loves him, but it is a one-sided affair. Alavuddin and Kamaruddin fight a duel for winning over Roshni. Alavuddin triumphs, but his joy is short-lived as the courtier Mir Qasim, who wants Roshni for himself, kidnaps her and spirits her away. Alavuddin and Kamaruddin join forces and with help from a genie, rescue Roshni. On the way back, Kamaruddin is trapped in quicksand, but is rescued by Jameela. They unite.[3]

Cast

Character Actors in Language
Tamil Malayalam
Alavuddin Kamal Haasan[4]
Kamaruddin Rajinikanth[4]
Roshni Jayabharathi[4]
Jameela Sripriya[4]
Mir Qasim Gemini Ganesan[4]
The genie S. A. Ashokan[5]
Alavuddin's mother Savitri[6]
Fasul Jamal Ravikumar
Abdulla, Alavuddin's Uncle T. K. Bagavathi T. P. Madhavan
Jameela's Father V. S. Raghavan Sankaradi
Ayishaumma Sukumari
Shehansha P.S. Veerappa Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair
R.S. Manohar
V.K. Ramasamy
Fathima Meenakumari
Kunal Sreelatha Namboothiri
Sainaba Lalithasree
Aboobakkar Jose
Yusaf Cochin Haneefa
Muhammed Hussain Adoor Bhasi

Additionally, Bollywood actresses Helen, Bindu and Jayshree T. portray cabaret dancers.[7]

Production

Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum, directed by I. V. Sasi, was based on the story of Aladdin from One Thousand and One Nights, and had Kamal Haasan playing the title character, named Alavuddin here. Rajinikanth was cast as Kamaruddin, a character not present in the original story but created for the film.[8] It was his first film in the Malayalam language and the fantasy genre. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum,[3][9] marking Sasi's directorial debut in Tamil cinema.[10] This version was the second Tamil adaptation of the story of Aladdin, after a 1957 film with the same name.[11] Ramachandra Babu worked as cinematographer, and the film was made in CinemaScope.[12][13]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack of both versions was composed by G. Devarajan. The lyrics for the Malayalam version were written by Yusufali Kechery,[14] while the lyrics for the Tamil version were written by Vaali and Kannadasan.[15]

Malayalam version
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ee Alavudheenin"K. J. Yesudas4:45
2."Pushpame"Vani Jairam4:28
3."Chandanam Kadanjedutha"P. Madhuri4:11
4."Sringara Ponkinnam"Vani Jairam4:35
5."Maran Korutha Maala"K. J. Yesudas4:36
6."Madhurangikale"P. Susheela4:17
Tamil version
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Intha Alavudeenin Aasai"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
2."Santhanam Kadainjedutha"KannadasanP. Madhuri 
3."Pushpame Sivanthu"KannadasanVani Jairam 

Release

Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum was released on 14 April 1979, and Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum on 8 June 1979.[16] The film performed well at the box office for the first two weeks, but slumped in the third.[17] In 2008, The Times of India rated the Tamil version 2 out of 5, stating that it was "strictly for fans".[18]

References

  1. ^ "Allauddinum Arputha Vilakkum". The Gazette of India. 16 February 1980. p. 1003.
  2. ^ "IX – PROCHE- ET MOYEN-ORIENT MUSULMAN". Le site d'Hervé Dumont (in French). Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Ramachandran 2014, pp. 90-91.
  4. ^ a b c d e Ramachandran 2014, p. 90.
  5. ^ Narayanan, Sujatha (25 October 2017). "IV Sasi made stars out of actors, without losing craft: A look back at some of his most notable work". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. ^ "செல்லுலாய்ட் பெண்கள்" [Celluloid Girls]. Dinakaran (in Tamil). 10 March 2017. Archived from the original on 20 September 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. ^ Ramachandran 2014, p. 91.
  8. ^ "பிளாஷ்பேக்: ரஜினி, கமலை பிரித்த படம்" [Flashback: The film that split Kamal and Rajini!]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 12 May 2017. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  9. ^ "சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினியின் துளிகள்..." [Super Star Rajinikanth's drops....]. Dinakaran (in Tamil). 12 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  10. ^ "பிரபல இயக்குனர் ஐ.வி.சசி உடல்நலக்குறைவால் காலமானார்" [Veteran director IV Sasi dies of illness]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 24 October 2017. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  11. ^ "வெள்ளைக்காரர்களே நடிக்க வேண்டுமா? ஹாலிவுட்டில் நீடிக்கும் சர்ச்சை" [Should only white people act? A lasting controversy in Hollywood]. Puthiya Thalaimurai (in Tamil). 10 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ Babu, Ramachandra (4 June 2013). "40th Anniversary of First Cinemascope Film in South India". Ramachandra Babu. Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  13. ^ Ayyappan, R (25 October 2017). "Greatest crowd pleaser". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Alavudheenum Albhutha Vilakkum (1979)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Alavudeenum Arputha Vilakum". Songs4all. Archived from the original on 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  16. ^ Sreekanth, Gayathri (2008). The Name is Rajinikanth. Om Books International. p. 369.
  17. ^ Piousji (26 August 1979). "Khaas Baat". Sunday. p. 51.
  18. ^ "Alavuddinum Arpudha Vilakkum". The Times of India. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

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