Paadatha Painkili (1957)
The Mute Parrot
Release date : 22 March 1957
The first film based on a novel by Muttathu Varkey, the master of mushy romance repeated the magic onscreen too. With the script and dialogues written for the screen by Muttathu Varkey himself, the evils of the dowry system formed the crux of the movie. The novelist was bowled over by Miss Kumari’s lead performance as Chinnamma, that he insisted she play the lead for all his works adapted for the screen in the future. Prem Nazir and Miss Kumari excelled as the besotted duo caught in the melodramatic twists & turns, including a love triangle. This was also the debut of actress Shanthi in Malayalam cinema.
Movie Still from Paadatha Painkili (1957)
More about the Movie
|Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair
|TN Gopinathan Nair
|Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair
|Kamukara, CS Radhadevi, P Gangadharan Nair, Santha P Nair
|Jaya Films, Kumaraswamy & Co
Copyrights & Courtesy : The Hindu (B Vijayakumar’s MetroPlus Kochi Column)
Thankachan (Prem Nazir), the only son of the rich landlady Kunjadamma (Aranmula Ponnamma) is in love with Chinnamma (Miss Kumari), the daughter of a poor school teacher Luka (T. S. Muthiah). Lucy (Shanthi), the daughter of a millionaire Vendor Kutty (Kottarakkara) is also in love with Thankachan. The marriage broker Peeli (Vaanakkutti) and Vendor Kutty play all nasty tricks to break the relationship between Thankachan and Chinnamma.
The story moves through several twists and turns. Thankachan’s marriage with Lucy is finalised. On the same day Chinnamma is to marry Chakkara Vakkan (Bahadur), a poor worker in a beedi factory. But this marriage does not take place as Chinnamma is not able to get the fixed dowry amount. The problems are resolved by Lucy who decides to become a nun. The film ends with the wedding of Chinnamma and Thankachan.
Songs from the Movie
It’s interesting that Muttathu Varkey wanted Padmini to play his ‘Chinnamma’ onscreen. But once Paadatha Painkili was released, he said with a smile, “I would want Kumari to play all my lead woman characters online.”