മലയാളിയുടെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട യക്ഷിക്ക് പിറന്നാള്‍ ആശംസകള്‍

Vijayanirmala in Bhargavinilayam

വിജയ നിര്‍മല. മലയാളിയെ ആദ്യമായി പേടിപ്പിച്ച  യക്ഷി എന്നൊക്കെ  പറയാം ഇവരെ പറ്റി. പക്ഷെ ഇതില്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ ഒരു സംഭവം ആണ് വിജയ നിര്‍മല. ഏറ്റവും കൂടുതല്‍ സിനിമകള്‍ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത നടി എന്ന ചരിത്രം രചിച്ചത് ഇവരാണ്. പല ഭാഷകളില്‍  ആയി 47 ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ ആണ് ഇവര്‍ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തത്. 1957 -ല്‍ ബാലതാരമായി അഭിനയം തുടങ്ങിയ വിജയ നിര്‍മലക്ക് പക്ഷെ അഭിനയിക്കാന്‍ പറ്റിയ വേഷങ്ങള്‍ ഒന്നും വളര്‍ന്നപ്പോള്‍ കിട്ടിയില്ല.   മസാല വേഷങ്ങളില്‍ അഭിനയിച്ചു മടുത്ത അവസരത്തില്‍ ആണ് മലയാളത്തില്‍ നിന്നു ഒരു അവസരം കിട്ടുന്നത് .
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Songs and dances from Bhargavi Nilayam (1964)

Bhargavinilayam (1964) - The Love Interludes There were seven songs in all composed for Bhargavi Nilayam, written by P Bhaskaran and set to music by MS Baburaj and its rare to find an entire set from a movie becoming perennial favorites, even after, 46 years ! It would be hard to find someone who loves Malayalam movies who hasn’t sang Thamasamenthe Varuvan to his dreamgirl, in his solitary, pining moments atleast once! Or for that matter, the Nightingale’s silken Pottithakarnna Kinavu never fails to tug at your heartstrings. I guess the only composition that got ‘overshadowed’ by the rest had to be the dance number, Anuraaga Madhuchashakam, but that, is also something that has its own uniqueness which I will share in a bit. There is a school of thought that leans towards the very fact that MS Baburaj adapted an already existing melody structure to his own style for Thamasamenthe varuvan and Vasantha Panchami nalil, but I don’t care. The compositions were pure genius, and if you haven’t heard them by now, do yourself a favor and do it. Continue reading

Classic Picks | A Vincent | Bhargavi Nilayam (1964)

Madhu in Bhargavinilayam (1964)

The Beypore Sultan’s only first Screenplay in Malayalam.

Bharagavinilayam Title Credits

This is just an image, NOT the movie !

If only the Sultan wrote more Screenplays than short-stories and novellas. If only. This has to be one of the rare horror films in the history of cinema which is an absolute delight to watch with a half-smile on your lips. It is a movie that carries you away with its simplicity in narration ( yet regally eloquent if you think about it). Bhargavi Nilayam (Bhargavi’s Mansion), produced by PK Pareekkutty‘s Chandrathara Productions, was the debut directorial venture of the legendary cinematographer A Vincent, and had the screenplay written by the one and only Sultan of Beypore, Vaikom Muhammed Basheer. Shobhana Parameshwaran Nair, fondly recalls the journey they took to meet Vaikom Muhammed Basheer and coerce him to write a screenplay for them in the seminal documentary, Cinemayudey Kaalpadkual (more on that later!). Continue reading