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Sathyabhama (1963)

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The Only Mythological Film Produced By T.E Vasudevan
5 September 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Sathyabhama is a originally a black and white movie which deals with the three important episodes from the Bhagavatha Purana, the sacred text of Hindus. The episodesi n the film were Bhama Parinaya (Sree Krishna's wedding with Sathyabhama), Parijatha Pushpaharana (the rivalry between Rukmini and Sathyabhama, the consorts of Krishna on account of the sacred flower Parijaatha) and Sree Krishna Thulaabhaara (Sathyabhama's pride being doused by Rukmini's devotion).Lord Krishna (Prem Nazir) alleged of stealing the magical gem Syamanthaka by killing Prasena (Kottarakkara), brother of King Sathrajith (Thikkurissi), proves his innocence in the case. Krishna weds Sathrajith's daughter Sathyabhama (Ambika). Possessive of her husband's love, Sathyabhama's rivalry with Krishna's other wife Rukmini ( L. Vijayalakshmi) leads to the controversy over the sacred flower parijaatha. The ensuing incidents lead to trials in the lives of Sathyabhama and Rukmini when Krishna was given as "daana" (gift) to Narada (T. K. Balachandran) as a part of a ritual. While Sathyabhama's wealth fails to release Krishna from the possession of Narada, the true devotion of Rukmini succeeds in getting back their husband from the custody of the sage.

Sathyabhama is thoroughly engrossing and very impressive. Legendary director M.S Mani has directed the story of purana quite nicely and maintained the momentum of the narrative through the duration of the movie which is a little less than three hours. The sets, costume designing, editing etc. are all praiseworthy. Production value is high matching the great T.E Vasudevan Films tradition.

Performances are great . Sando Krishnan as Jambavan, Junior Padmini as Jambavathi, G. K. Pillai as Shathadhanvavu and C. R. K. Nair as Balarama impressed the audience. Hilarious comedy scenes involving S. P. Pillai, Adoor Bhasi and Adoor Pankajam as usual gave moments of laughter.

The timeless music of Sathyabhama composed by V.Dakshinamurthy (lyrics by Abhayadev), boasting of immortal songs like Mannavanayalum Pandithanayalum, Oru Vazhi Chelken, Prakash Roopa, Prabhathakale Brahmavay, Vaadaruthee Malarini and Mathey Jaganmathe cannot be compared to the music of any other movie. Even today listening to the songs in the enchanting voices of P.Leela and Yeshudas is a great experience.


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