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Manithan Maravillai
Manithan Maravillai
(English: Man has not changed) is a 1962 Tamil-language comedy-drama film written, co-produced and directed by Aluri Chakrapani and produced by B. Nagireddy under Vijaya Productions. The film's dialogues were written by Thanjai Ramaihadass and the film's music was composed by Ghantasala. The film revolves around the story of a proud mother, Subbamma, and the way she brought on track her two sons-in-law. The film starred Gemini Ganesan, Savitri, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jamuna and Sundari Bai in lead roles along with S. V. Ranga Rao, K. Sarangapani, L. Vijayalakshmi, Lakshmi Prabha Raja and T. K. Ramachandran portraying supporting roles.[2] The film was a remake of Telugu film Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
which itself was a remake of Kannada film Mana Thumbida Hennu.[3]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Crew 4 Reception 5 Soundtrack 6 See also 7 References 8 External links


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Subbamma (Sundari Bai) is a rich widow who has a daughter, Saroja (Jamuna), and son, Prabhakar (Raja), and a step daughter, Lakshmi (Savitri). Both girls are beautiful and intelligent. Saroja is a teen spoiled by her mother's pampering whereas Lakshmi is treated as a maid in her own house. Chithambaranar(S. V. Ranga Rao), who has two sons of marriageable age, is searching for suitable brides. Subbamma is interested in pursuing an alliance with Chithambaranar's son for Saroja and sends a word through a middleman. It happens that he used to be a good friend of Subbamma's late husband. She wants to overcome the obstacle of Lakshmi by getting married to down-and-out. So she doesn't have to get jeered for neglecting her step daughter. Kuppusamy (K. Sarangapani) is Subbamma's brother and a cousin some how wants Saroja to marry his son, Boopathy (T. K. Ramachandran), who happens to be a delinquent and is in a prison. Meanwhile, Chithambaranar and his sons knew about Subbamma's avarice and her treatment of children and decided to play a game to teach her a lesson. After deciding that Lakshmi will make a suitable match for his first son Panjacharam (Gemini Ganesan), and Saroja for his second son Raja (Akkineni Nageswara Rao), Chithambaram asks his sons to enact a drama to bring Subbamma and her overbearing daughter on track. The first son enters Subbamma's house as Panji, a street worthy servant, and wins her heart instantly, even placing him in her house as a helping hand. The second son, Raja, with the aid of his cousin, Padma (L. Vijayalakshmi), who happens to be Saroja's brother and Prabhakar's friend enters as Chithambaram's son, woos her, and ends up winning her heart. The servant son, with his humility and wit, wins Lakshmi's heart and asks Subbamma for Lakshmi's hand in marriage. Subbamma heads under impression that she will never find more obliging and humble fool who would ever be at her behest. Panji marries Lakshmi. Meanwhile, Subbamma is impressed by the second son for Saroja and is making plans for the wedding. However, she receives a letter from Chithambaram that he is no longer interested in the alliance on hearing rumours that Subbamma poisoned her husband to death. Meanwhile, Saroja wants to marry Raja at all costs. Subbamma obliges again, after being coerced by Panji that a son-in-law in her own house will not raise a voice and that she can relish the company of her beloved daughter even after her marriage. After Saroja's marriage, Prabhakar (Raja) is fascinated by Padma and wants to marry her. Panji accommodates that by convincing Subbamma. It's not long before Subbamma and Saroja realise that Raja is a drunkard and a thief and Subbamma reverses her stance for Prabhakar's marriage with Padma, which happens anyway. Raja intensifies his acting as a drunkard and pretends that he's not Chithambaram's real son and is a vagabond and a wanted thief. As Subbamma's problems are starting to pile up, Padma's Paternal aunt Kaveri (Lakshmi Prabha),shows up, making Subbamma and Kaveri go out of control after a while. Raja deserts Saroja and then writes a letter to her asking her to accompany him. Saroja realises now, obliges, and leaves Subbamma's house against her wishes. Subbamma is shattered with all these problems and at such a time as this. Kuppusamy Son Boopathy (T. K. Ramachandran), just released from prison, torments her even more. Thus, Subbamma in the absence of Prabhakar is confined to the out house of her own house by Padma's boisterous aunt and Kuppusmay's prison educated son. Meanwhile, Panji also leaves the house with his wife Lakshmi. It is a sweet turn of Lakshmi when Panji places her in the bungalow of Chithambaram proclaiming her to be the mistress of the house and the daughter-in-law of Chithambaram. She forgets her lifestyle of misery but still holds concern for her step mother Subbamma and her sister Saroja. Saroja is introduced as a gardener in the same bungalow by Raja and is humiliated by Chithambaram as a servant. Saroja's conceit and arrogance break, thus making her a well-behaved wife. Meanwhile, Subbamma is transformed into a humble women following all of these tortures in such a short span. Lakshmi visits Subbamma and seeing her in a state of despair, evicts Kaveri and Boopathy with the help of Panji and brings Subbamma along to Chithambaram house. In the interim, Saroja leaving Chithambaram's house and as an insult encounters Lakshmi, who reveals to her that they both are now Chithambaram's daughter-in-law and that Raja being a drunkard and thief and the events that followed were all enacted by his son, now their husbands. Subbamma is happy to see both of them are married into a good family and continues to live on with Chithambaram's family. Cast[edit]

Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
as Panjacharam Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
as Raja (Panji's Younger Brother) Savitri as Lakshmi (Subbamma's Step daughter) Jamuna as Saroja (Subbamma's Daughter) Sundari Bai as Subbamma S. V. Ranga Rao
S. V. Ranga Rao
as Chithambaranar (Panji& Raja's father) K. Sarangapani
K. Sarangapani
as Kuppusamy (Subbamma's Brother) L. Vijayalakshmi as Padma (Raja & Panji's Cousin) Raja as Prabhakar (Saroja's Brother) Lakshmi Prabha as Kaveri (Padma's Anuty) C. T. Rajakantham
C. T. Rajakantham
as Chokki (Kuppusamy's Wife) T. K. Ramachandran as Boopathy (Kuppusamy's son) Nagesh as Cameo appearance Serukalathur Sama


Director = Chakrapani Producer = B. Nagireddy and Chakrapani Script = Chakrapani
and Thanjai Ramaiahdass Music = Ghantasala Art = Kokkale and Kaalandhar Processing = N. C. Sen Gupta (Vijaya Lab) Publicity = K. Nageswara Rao Audiography = A. Krishnan Re – recording = V. Sivaram Recording = Westrex Electronic Sound System Special
Effects = Harbans Singh Choreography = Pasumarthi Krishnamoorthy.[4]

Reception[edit] The film Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
is partially inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
film has received the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu.[5] The film was remade in same year for Tamil audiences as Manithan Maravillai. Gemini Ganesan replace N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
in the Tamil version. The Producer Chakrapani credited with direction of the Tamil version of Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
as Manithan Maravillai
Manithan Maravillai
tasted failure unlike the stupendous success of the original Telugu version. Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
is regarded as the last film of Vijaya Golden Age.[3] The film Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
was a block buster hit and the first to complete 100 days in Hyderabad
in 1962, interestingly, Gundamma Katha was N. T. Rama Rao
N. T. Rama Rao
100th film and Akkineni Nageswara Rao's 99th film. In the same year the film remade in Tamil as Manithan Maravillai
Manithan Maravillai
which had Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
and Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
played in lead roles and happened to be Akkineni Nageswara Rao's 100th film. A Sheer coincidence that both NTR and ANR completed their steark of 100th film with two version of the same film.[6] Soundtrack[edit]

Manithan Maravillai

Soundtrack album by Ghantasala

Released 1962

Recorded 1962

Genre Sareegama

Length 26:31

Language Tamil

Producer Ghantasala

Music composed by Ghantasala and lyrics written by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass and Kannadasan. Playback singers are Seerkazhi Govindarajan, A. L. Raghavan, Ghantasala, K. P. Udayabhanu, P. Suseela
P. Suseela
& P. Leela.[7]

No Song Singer Lyrics Length(m:ss)

1 Om Sarvam Sakthi Mayam Paaru Seerkazhi Govindarajan Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 2:34

2 Kanmaniyae Un Idhaya K. P. Udayabhanu 2:38

3 Thendral Paadavum P. Suseela 3:30

4 Thendral Paadavum-2 3:10

5 Podu Podu Thekka Podu Seerkazhi Govindarajan, P. Suseela, P. Leela
P. Leela
& Ghantasala 3:01

6 Inbamanaa Iravithuve A. L. Raghavan & P. Suseela 3:03

7 Kadhal Yathiraikku 3:10

8 Kaalathai Matrinaan Seerkazhi Govindarajan
Seerkazhi Govindarajan
& P. Leela Kannadasan 2:56

9 Kurumbinilum Oru P. Suseela 3:09

See also[edit]

Gundamma Katha


^ "Manithan Maravillai". The Indian Express. 8 June 1962. p. 12.  ^ "manithan maravillai". In.com India. Retrieved 28 December 2015.  ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2015.  ^ "manithan maravillai". filmibeat. Retrieved 28 December 2015.  ^ The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Time of India Press. 1984 ^ "Southscope July 2010 – side A". South Scope. July 2010.  ^ G. Neelamegam. Thiraikalanjiyam – Part 2 (in Tamil). Manivasagar Publishers, Chennai 108 (Ph:044 25361039). First edition November 2016. p. 89. 

External links[edit]

Manithan Maravillai
Manithan Maravillai
on IMDb

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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew


Katherina Minola Petruchio Bianca Minola Baptista Minola Christopher Sly

Stage adaptations

The Woman's Prize
The Woman's Prize
(c1611) Catharine and Petruchio
(1754) Las bravías
Las bravías
(1896) Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung
Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung
(1872) Sly, ovvero La leggenda del dormiente risvegliato (1927) Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
(1948) The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
(1953) Ukroshchenye Stroptivoy (1957) Christopher Sly
Christopher Sly

Direct adaptations

1908 1929 1962 (TV) 1967 1980 (TV) 1994 (TV)

Other adaptations

Daring Youth
Daring Youth
(1924) You Made Me Love You (1933) Second Best Bed
Second Best Bed
(1938) Kiss Me Kate (1953) Abba Aa Hudugi
Abba Aa Hudugi
(1959) Gundamma Katha
Gundamma Katha
(1962) Manithan Maravillai
Manithan Maravillai
(1962) McLintock!
(1963) Arivaali
(1963) Pattikada Pattanama
Pattikada Pattanama
(1972) Il Bisbetico Domato
Il Bisbetico Domato
(1980) Nanjundi Kalyana
Nanjundi Kalyana
(1989) 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You
(1999) O Cravo e a Rosa
O Cravo e a Rosa
(2000; TV) Deliver Us from Eva
Deliver Us from Eva
(2003) The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
(2005; TV) Frivolous Wife
Frivolous Wife
(2008) 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You
(2009; TV) Isi Life Mein
Isi Life Mein


The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
in performance The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
on screen Shrew (stock character) Inductio