Did You Know Pavalakodi Was The First Tamil Cinema To Run For 25 Weeks In Theaters?

Last Update: December 29, 2022, 18:38 IST

This film was released in 1934.

This film was released in 1934.

It was the debut film of Tyagaraja Bhagavathar, the first superstar of South Indian cinema.

The Tamil film Pavalakodi created history for several reasons. It was the debut film of South Indian cinema’s first superstar, Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, as well as film star SD Subbulakshmi (later known as Mrs K Subramaniam). It also marked the debut of director K. Subramaniam. This film was released in 1934. Running for a total of 275 days, it set a record for Tamil cinema’s first silver jubilee film.

Although the story of Pavalakodi and Arjuna is not mentioned in the Mahabharata, it was a successful Tamil play in which Bhagavathar made a name for himself as a stage actor. Bhagavathar, who reigned supreme on the stage after the early demise of iconic SG Kittappa, had plans to turn producer with this play. But SM Lechumanan Chettiar (better known as Leena), a Chettinad drama contractor, persuaded her to drop such plans and act in the film instead.

The music of Pavalakodi was composed by Papanasam Sivan, and the film has a total of 50 songs. Bhagavatar sang 22 songs out of fifty songs. She received Rs 4,000 and ST Subbulakshmi Rs 2,500 for her roles in Pavalakodi. K Subramaniam, who directed the film, has previously worked in a few silent films. He later married ST Subbulakshmi, who appeared in Pavalkodi.

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