Legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan’s 1964 classic Karnan, based on the life of the eldest of the Pandavas who fought against his own brothers in the final battle of Kurukshetra, was released recently in a digitalized version. Though the film wasn’t a great success when it hit the screens in the sixties, the digitalized version turned out to be successful affair and was watched by many modern day youths.
Following the successful re-run of Karnan, another Sivaji-starrer Thiruvilaiyadal which released in 1965, is also likely to be convered into the digitalized version. The film, which had Sivaji Ganesan, Savithri and Nagesh playing the lead roles, was a super-duper hit at that time. The film was based on the many avatars taken by Lord Shiva to ensure that justice prevails in the Universe.
Sivaji had played Lord Shiva while Savithri had essayed the role of Goddess Parvathi. Nagesh had essayed an amazing character of a poverty-driver poet in the film. The sequences involving Nagesh and Sivaji had become extremely famous in those times and even after many years of the film’s release, audio cassettes and CDs of the portion involving Sijvai and Naesh continued to be broadast in many places in the State.
Muthuraman, T.S. Balaiyah, K.P. Sundarambal and T.R. Mahalingam were the other major stars in the film which was directed by A.P. Nagarajan, who had carved a niche for himself in making such films. Nagarajan had also essayed an important role of Poet Nakkeeran in the film. The film, which had huge and expensive sets, is now getting ‘renovated’ and is getting conveted ino the digitalized version.
Soon, the film would be released all over the State.