Release date : 17 August 1952
Athmasakhi was a debut film for so many in Malayalam cinema. It was the first film shot at Merryland Studios, the first to be produced by P Subramaniam, Neela Productions’ debut movie project, the debut of Sathyan (discounting the incomplete Thyagaseema), Kumari Thankam and NR Thankam (Chandni) onscreen. It also began one of the most enduring creative partnerships in Playback music, introducing Thirunainarkurichy Madhavan Nair & Brother Lakshman, the music director. 3 years into her career, and 5 films old, Miss Kumari was by now established as the lead female actor in Malayalam cinema, courtesy Nalla Thanka, a box-office scorcher of the times.
Publicity Still from Athmasakhi (1952)
More about the Movie
|Miss Kumari||Sathyan (Official Debut)|
|KP Kottarakkara||BS Saroja|
|Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai||TS Muthaiah|
|Kumari Thankam||Muttathara Soman|
|Screenplay||Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai|
|Dialogues||Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai , KP Kottarakkara|
|Distribution||Trivandrum Cine Film Distributors|
|Art Direction||Not Available|
|Lyrics||Thirunainarkurichi Madhavan Nair|
|Playback Singers||Ghantasala, Jikki, Mothi, NL Ganasaraswathy, P Leela, Trichy Loganathan|
Copyrights & Courtesy : The Hindu (B Vijayakumar’s MetroPlus Kochi Column)
The story of the film was in line with the then preferred formula of social films. The wicked step mother, ill-treated children, good hearted servants, were all there, along with the eternal love triangle. ‘Atmaskahi’ was dubbed into Tamil and released under the title ‘Priyasakhi.’
Raghu (Sathyan) and Leela (Miss Kumari), children of Chandrasekhara Pillai (Veeran), a wealthy landlord, lead a miserable life. Ill-treated and humiliated by their step mother Kamala (Pankajavalli). Their father is helpless, and the children do not get any love or care from him. The only consolation for the children is the family that stays close by. Raghu falls in love with the girl of that family, Santha (B. S. Saroja).
Raghu gets absolutely no support from his father when he decides to pursue medical studies. It is his friend Hari (K. P. Kottarakkara) who stands by him during that crucial phase. Kamala begins to play her dirty tricks to separate Raghu and Santha and also to turn her husband against them. At college, Indira (Kumari Thankam), unaware of Raghu’s affair with Santha, nurses an affection for him. This completes the love triangle.
In the meantime, Santha’s mother dies and she leaves home in search of Raghu. The story from now on races to a climax. Santha falls into the hands of ruffians but is saved in the nick of time by Indira and Hari. Santha becomes a nurse. Mohan (M. N. Nambiar), the wicked son of Kamala, is shot dead by his own mother by mistake. Kamala turns insane; Raghu marries Santha, while Leela weds Hari; Kamala is back to normal, reformed, providing a happy ending to the film.
Songs from the Movie
Athmasakhi was my first film with Sathyan, and with Merry Land. I played the role of Sathyan’s sister in his acting debut., for which I had to address him as ‘Chetta’ in the film. Interestingly, it still continues to this day. Sathan always had that powerful personality that his profession demanded – that of a Sub-Inspector. And I have always seen him being open and forthright in his opinions, to anyone.