Balya Sakhi (1954)
Release date : 23 December 1954
Balyasakhi & Snehaseema, released a week apart (Balyasakhi was in cinemas first) , had almost the same storyline ! Miss Kumari was Lakshmi, who was doted on by her two childhood friends, both of them who eventually fall in love with her. Steeped in melodramatic twists that finally culminate in a happy ending for the childhood friends, Balyasakhi was the natural winner the festive season box-office race. This was also the first Malayalam film that employed its dialogue snippets as publicity material to draw in the holiday crowd into its 52 centres of movie release.
Publicity Still from Balya Sakhi (1954)
More about the Movie
|Miss Kumari||Prem Nazir|
|Vanchiyoor Madhavan Nair||Kumari Thankam|
|TS Muthaiah||Aranmula Ponnamma|
|SP Pillai||Adoor Pankajam|
|Sebastian Kunjukunju Bhagavathar||Veeran|
|Jose Prakash||Miss Omana|
|NK Pillai||Master Hari|
|Master Ravi||Master Mani|
|Art Direction||MV Kochappu|
|Lyrics||Thirunayanarkurichi Madhavan Nair|
|Playback Singers||Kamukara Purushothaman Nair, TS Kumaresh, Shyamala, CS Radhadevi, Santha P Nair|
Venu, Krishnan & Lakshmi are classmates and friends. After many years, Venu, being rich, completes his studies in medicine and returns as a Doctor, while Krishnan is working in a textile mill. Lakshmi, who is beautiful, is liked by Venu, who wishes to marry her and with great difficulty gets permission from his mother to do so. However, he soon realizes that Lakshmi’s father has decided to get her married to Krishnan. Being a good soul, Venu sacrifices his love and gets his friends married off with joy. Venu’s mother gets him married off to rich Vilasini.
Krishnan joins the army and sends money regularly to his family. One day, Lakshmi gets a telegram informing about Krishnan’s death. On knowing this, Lakshmi’s father also passes away and now, Lakshmi is orphaned. Venu extends a helping hand, which is however, bad mouthed by many, including Vilasini’s dance teacher who runs an evening tabloid. Venu’s domestic life takes a turn for the worse and his mother leaves for pilgrimage.
In the meanwhile, Krishnan, who had narrowly escaped death returns, only to hear stories about Lakshmi & venu’s affair. All the mental stress turns him into lunatic and he decides to kill Lakshmi & Venu. Vilasini, who realizes that all this was a ploy by her dance teacher to usurp her property, repents her actions and commits suicide. On knowing this, Krishnan also feels sad and commits suicide.
Songs from the Movie
It was during the successful post-release period of “Balyasakhi” that I received one of the most scathing critiques on my style of acting in Mathrubhumi. It really affected me.