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Andha Naal (1954)

After an engineer is shot dead, several people around him relate different versions and the related incidents that may have led to the murder.
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Credited cast:
... Engineer Rajan
... Usha
... C.I.D. Officer Sivanandam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
T.K. Balachandran ... Rajan's Younger Brother
P.D. Sambandam ... Chinniah Pillai
Suryakala
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The night after the Japanese bombing of Madras, Rajan (Sivaji Ganesan) a radio engineer, is murdered while preparing to leave town with a bag full of cash. A police detective Sivanandan (Jaavar Seetharaman) investigates the case and finds each of his suspects coming up with a different retelling of the events of the night of the murder. A brisk, atmospheric film, brilliant for its time and given that it was made in the constraints of the Madras studio system that experimented with little outside of mythological epics and social dramas. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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During the scene between the engineer and the dancer, the tune of the song Yeh Zindagi usiki hai' from the Hindi movie Anarkali (1953) can be heard in the background. See more »

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A classic
7 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie (as mentioned, is the first without songs) is one of the old b&w that I watched when I was a kid. Later, when I watched movies like Citizen Kane, Rashomon etc., this was the movie which came to my mind, more for the style of narration of the story. I guess this is one inspired by Rashomon, and preserves the style of narration. This is not too much of a thriller suspense, but this is a movie that you can watch any day and enjoy (if you care for movies that are classics). Being a 50s movie, certainly one of the landmarks in tamil movie industry, in spite of not being an original concept. The performances are certainly bit theatrical, but that was how acting was in those days. And that flavor of acting makes the movie all the more evergreen and a good classic to watch.


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