Vijayasree’s four-year reign had the best of Malayalam’s movie directors churning out productions that had to have her as the centre of its starry universe, not forgetting who the leading man already would be, Prem Nazir. her movies always had a heady combination of great songs, mostly by Sreekumaran Thampy. I have been able to compile 40 movies of hers, and Any additions to this list, as always, would be gladly welcome. She did the maximum number of movies with Sasikumar, closely followed by the Udaya Studios’ kitschy industrial dramas that went by the name of Vadakkan paattukal on celluloid. Interestingly, she was also the leading lady in Ankathattu, directed by TR Raghunath, which was a clone of the ones put out by Udaya, and the sole reason for the movie being there, on hindsight, seems to be Vijaysree’s brand power.
Her Lead Actors.
There is only one answer to the most popular one amongst that – Prem Nazir. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement that guaranteed success at the box-office. She got to ride shot-gun on his star power and the Evergreen hero got to bask and refresh himself in the glowing aura of this new phenomenon on screen. Because it was the most viable ‘team’ onscreen of that period, it isn;t a surprise that they got to sing together some of the best songs of that era together. Vijayasree also got to pair opposite Vincent, Raghavan and even Gemini Ganesan – but that is a minority.
AB Raj, P Subramaniam, Sasi Kumar, M Krishnan Nair and Kunchacko – all vied a share the fame pie. her saving grace seems to have been a handful of movies that came in between, notably, KS Sethumadhavan‘s Adyathe Kadha (1972), Ramu Karyat‘s Maya (1972) and KS Sethumadhavan’s Jeevikkaan Marannu Poya Sthree (1974) – if I remember right. I am told that Vandikkari (1974) and Youvanam (1974) were both posthumous releases, and were incomplete, but P Subramaniam went ahead a released them anyway as a single entity with the 2 movies back-to-back, with some sort of a beginning, middle and an end brought at the editing table for both the movies. Need to confirm this ! Any inputs are welcome.
Speaking of P Subramaniam, its hilarious to watch him make Vijaysree in Kaadu (1973), to recreate the same old magic that Miss Kumari did with Anna Valarthiya Vanambadi in 1960.
The premises basically the same, and she even cavorts in the jungle in almost the same attire that Miss Kumari had in 1960. Parts of some sequences of the songs in the movie even has her doing the exact same things in Anna Valarthiya Vanambadi. Its almost as if P Subramaniam told the Props & Costumes guy, “It’s a jungle movie. Pull out all the stuff from the closet we have from the Aana Valarathiya Vanambadi movie, alter them to fit Vijayasree and that would be it.”
Get the idea ?
Please let me know of any additions, deletions or iterations.
|Detective 909 Keralathil||1970|
|Marunaattil Oru Malayaali||1971|
|Maravil Thirivu Sookshikkuka||1972|
|Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge||1972|
|Jeevikkaan Marannu Poya Sthree||1974|
|Vandikkaari ( Posthumous Release )||1974|
|Youvanam ( Posthumous Release )||1974|
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