Phool aur Patthar (1966) and Puthiya Velicham (1979)

Puthiya Velicham (1979), produced by Subramaniam Kumar and directed by Sreekumaran Thampi was a remake of the Dharmendra starrer Phool aur Patthar (1966), the movie that ‘made’ Dharmendra the action star of Bollywood.

Puthiya Velicham (1979)

Jayan in Puthiya Velicham (1979)

Puthiya Velicham (1979) told the story of this career criminal Venu (Jayan), the love of his life, a club dancer called Lily ( Jaya Bharathi), and the entry of a widowed, beautiful woman (Srividya) whom Venu gets acquainted with, in one of his midnight robberies. He stumbles upon her, ailing, bedridden  and sinking, in a mansion he breaks into, and takes care of her, and in a peculiar turn of events, ends up taking her and offering her refuge in his bachelor quarters. Lily, desperate to leave the crime-ridden life,  wants Venu to leave it all and walk away. But Venu is planning for that final one, the biggest heist of his career, the one that would never even make him want to do another ‘job’, but things take an interesting turn with the new ‘arrival’ at his house.

Jose Prakash, as usual is his crafty, cunning “Boss” who wanted him in the circle rather than walking away from it. It was a role tailor-made for the Machismo of Jayan’s on-screen persona and charisma, and it resonates through every frame of the movie. He was equally or shall I say more effective than the original, in the role, re-written with the existing sensibilities in mind, and Jayan never disappointed. As usual, it is a delight, sitting through the movie as the career criminal Venu, with a heart of gold, goes around pulverizing the real baddies and pulling of diamond heists in the middle of the night!

The songs, written by Sreekumaran Thampi, were set to music by Salil Choudhary and had all the elements that one would expect from him for a fast-paced action thriller such as this. Of the six songs that were composed for the movie, the one that instantly caught your feet tapping was the rocking Jil Jil Jil Chilambanangi sung by P Jayachandran and P Susheela.

Here is Jil Jil Jil Chilambanangi from Puthiya Velicham (1979). Checkout Jayan’s moves !

Here is an excerpt from the movie. Try as I might, I just can’t help cracking up as Jose Prakash says that legendary line, ” Typhoons and hurricanes are always helpful for a bank heist !

Phool aur Patthar (1966)

Dharmendra in Phool au Patthar (1966)

Phool aur Patthar (1966), directed by O.P. Ralhan, was one of the defining moments in Dharmendra‘s career, I believe. The ‘Phool aur Patthar’ aspect suited Dharmendra to a T, and along with his charisma and a a fab physique, it was more than enough on screen to make the girls swoon. paired with Meena Kumari as the ‘suffering widow’ and Shashikala as his lady love, it was also rumored that Dharmendra became “uncomfortably close” to Meena Kumari by the time the movie shooting was over. The film is easily one of Shashikala’s best movies! The music was by Ravi Shankar Sharma, known by a more famous tag in Kerala – Bombay Ravi. All the songs were popular, especially the Zindagi mein Pyar karna number, sung by Asha Bhosle.

Here is the club number – Zindagi mein Pyar karna

The song has an uncanny resemblance to Nat King Cole’s Andorinha Preta ( The Brazilian Love Song).

The choice of Jayan for the remake was perfect. Try watching both the movies and it becomes very clear.

20 thoughts on “Phool aur Patthar (1966) and Puthiya Velicham (1979)

  1. For your remakes list: 1) Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam (1998) from Teen Bahuraniyan (1968)
    2) Mukundetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu from Katha
    3) Boeing Boeing (1985) from BOEing Boeing (1965)
    4) Thalavattom (1986) from One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    5) Thoovalsparsham from Three Men and a Baby
    6) Yodha (199?) from The Golden Child (1986)

    Pinne ethra ethra cinemakal. 🙂

    1. Hi Anu,
      Thanks for that. Again, these are the ‘obvious children’, the ones that have always been bandied about..There are others, inspirations from lesser known ones, which we now adore as classics, starting from RamjiRao speaking’s theme having strong similarities with Corey Allen’s See the Man Run (1971).But, I guess it just doesn’t matter to the current media ecosystem now. Mediocrity seems to be the new quality for our age, ain’t it ? :)..cinematters

        1. Hi Hashmi,
          The central premise of Ramji Rao Speaking is a kidnapped child whose ransom call comes to a wrong number – which is EXACTLY the story of See the Man Run (1971). You can watch the entire movie here.

          The climax of the movie, the chaos with two sets of “thieves” and the ensuing chaos should have been borrowed from Basu Chatterjee’s Do Ladke Dono Kadke (1979). They celeverly used both movies to create a homegrown classic in Malayalam is what I feel. Thanks, cinematters

    2. MANY OF YOU GUYZ BELEIVES THAT THALAVATTOM is the copy of on e bird fly over cukoos nest.. it is not much true because if you watch the 1969 classic hindi movie KHAMOSHI, starring rajesh khanna, waheeda rehman then you will realise that even ONE BIRD FLY OVER CUKOOS NEST is also copied from that hindi movie. i am sure priyadarsan made thalavattom based on theme of khamoshi.

      1. Dear Gopalji,
        Ken Kesey’s classic, One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest was written in 1959 and got published in 1962. Wasn’t Khamoshi based on Ashutosh Mukerhjee’s short story ‘Nurse Mitra’? I think they had first adapted the movie for the screen in Bengali, before the Hindi version.I suspect Priyadarshan dipped into both the movies, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the humor and Khamoshi for the love angle ( a very Indian premise if you ask me 🙂 )and combined both the love stories into one, and then took a pair of scissors and stabbed through her heart again with that lobotomy 😀 ..Just my 2 cents..regards..cinematters

          1. i know everyone know that bt my point is plagiarism not a new thing in the now so called”new generation period’like it’s critics says and jhnhanmbika,the second sound film in malayalam had a strong glimpses of it’s predecessor BALAN.

      1. Hi Hashmi,
        Chanakyan was the debut movie of TK Rajeev Kumar, and barring some incredulous “possibilities” ( in jamming the signals of the local TV transmission via a powersource of a Maruti Van – a 12 V battery ), I still consider it as one of the most crisp and finest revenge dramas ever done in Malayalam cinema. I am not aware of it being inspired from any others, but am interested to know how you reached that premise 🙂 Was its structure too good to be in a Malayalam film 🙂 Maybe it was, we would just have to hope and wait, if ever there is an answer to that query. Thanks, cinematters

      1. Hi Hashmi,
        THIS is news to me 🙂 From what I know about the story of Vigathakumaran and Chaplin’s movie The Kid, I would really, really love for you to convince me, with atleast 10 plot similarities between the two movies, which gets all the more interesting because the copy of the former is yet to be found and its printed synopsis is all we have for reference.Please do write in. Thanks, cinematters.

        1. I dont think VIGATHAKUMARAN was a remake of THE KID. from what is available in public domain…about the synopsis of Vigathakumaran- there is little common to both movies. In CELLULOID we see Daniel (Prirthviraj) enjoying THE KID on screen and say that he wants to ma ke a social drama on similar vein. that doesnt mean it is a copy.
          MARTHANDAVARMA the moive was based on the novel by CV Raman Pillai…so there is no question of plagarism.
          CHANAKYAN- I agree the tech whiz finesse is too good to be a Malayali original…but am not sure from where the director/ screenplay writer got the inspiration from.

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