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Thiruvilayadal (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Musical
Devrishi Narad visits Bhagwan Shri Shivji, Devi Maa Parvati, and their sons, Bhagwan Shri Ganesh, and Bhagwan Shri Kartikeya, and presents Shivji with a fruit. He decides to give it to his ... See full summary »


A.P. Nagarajan


A.P. Nagarajan (story)

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Credited cast:
Shivaji Ganesan ... Lord Shiva in Different Disguises
Savitri ... Goddess Parvathi in Different Disguises
Nagesh ... Tharumi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Balaiya Balaiya ... Hemanatha Bagavathar
Devika Devika ... Wife of Shenbaga Pandiyan
T.R. Mahalingam T.R. Mahalingam ... Bana Battar
Aachi Manorama ... Kayarkanni's friend (as Manorama)
R. Muthuraman R. Muthuraman ... Shenbaga Pandiyan (as Muthuraman)
A.P. Nagarajan A.P. Nagarajan ... Natkeerar
S.V. Sahasranamam S.V. Sahasranamam ... Kayarkanni's father
K.B. Sundarambal K.B. Sundarambal ... Avvaiyar
O.A.K. Thevar O.A.K. Thevar ... King Dhatchan


Devrishi Narad visits Bhagwan Shri Shivji, Devi Maa Parvati, and their sons, Bhagwan Shri Ganesh, and Bhagwan Shri Kartikeya, and presents Shivji with a fruit. He decides to give it to his wife, who, in turn, decides to give it to her sons. But Shivji wants her to give it to only one. As a result, both the sons are put to a test, and Ganeshji is declared the winner. Kartikeyaji gets offended and decides to leave, followed closely by his parents and brother. Parvatiji catches up to him and narrates a series of stories involving herself and Shivji, including how Shivji battled a giant shark; assisted a singer in overcoming a formidable opponent; as well as Shivji's anger with his father-in-law. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A dazzling ride through the Hindu cosmos
12 September 2015 | by AnnieLolaSee all my reviews

I was fortunate in chancing upon this extraordinary film on YouTube-- and with English subtitles. This is pure Tamil Indian cinema without a trace of Bollywood or any westernized or modernized elements (aside from some of the language in the subtitles). The imagery, the dance, the music are a feast for the eyes and ears, and the tales of Shiva and his doings quite engrossing and instructive. For a total immersion in the splendors of Hindu tradition, this can't be excelled. The print used for YouTube wasn't in the best condition, but the occasional badly damaged or deteriorated parts soon pass; one is eager to see what comes next. I wish I'd been able to see it fifty years ago! Be warned; the subtitles are often rather odd in translation, but entertaining in their own right. Shiva is most pleased after witnessing the fabulous opening devotional performance of horned drummers, Seven Sages, Seven Maidens... the god declares that he feels 'groovy'! A delightful moment that only adds to the overall charm of this classic.

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