|Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum|
|Directed by||I. V. Sasi|
|Written by||Allapee Sheriff (Malayalam)|
Vietnam Veedu Sundaram (Tamil)
|Edited by||K. Narayanan|
|Music by||G. Devarajan|
|14 April 1979 (Malayalam)|
8 June 1979 (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.
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.
|Character||Actors in Language|
|Mir Qasim||Gemini Ganesan|
|The genie||S. A. Ashokan|
|Abdulla, Alavuddin's Uncle||T. K. Bagavathi||T. P. Madhavan|
|Jameela's Father||V. S. Raghavan||Sankaradi|
|Shehansha||P.S. Veerappa||Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair|
|Muhammed Hussain||Adoor Bhasi|
Additionally, Bollywood actresses Helen, Bindu and Jayshree T. portray cabaret dancers.
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. It was his first film in the Malayalam language and the fantasy genre. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum, marking Sasi's directorial debut in Tamil cinema. This version was the second Tamil adaptation of the story of Aladdin, after a 1957 film with the same name. Ramachandra Babu worked as cinematographer, and the film was made in CinemaScope.
The soundtrack of both versions was composed by G. Devarajan. The lyrics for the Malayalam version were written by Yusufali Kechery, while the lyrics for the Tamil version were written by Vaali and Kannadasan.
|1.||"Ee Alavudheenin"||K. J. Yesudas||4:45|
|3.||"Chandanam Kadanjedutha"||P. Madhuri||4:11|
|4.||"Sringara Ponkinnam"||Vani Jairam||4:35|
|5.||"Maran Korutha Maala"||K. J. Yesudas||4:36|
|1.||"Intha Alavudeenin Aasai"||Vaali||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|2.||"Santhanam Kadainjedutha"||Kannadasan||P. Madhuri|
|3.||"Pushpame Sivanthu"||Kannadasan||Vani Jairam|
Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum was released on 14 April 1979, and Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum on 8 June 1979. The film performed well at the box office for the first two weeks, but slumped in the third. In 2008, The Times of India rated the Tamil version 2 out of 5, stating that it was "strictly for fans".