Joseph Thaliath-film director 1950-1960

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Jagmag Jagmag Deep Jale
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Asha Bhosle Vasant Desai Prem Dhawan Jeevan Taara (1951)
Hasna Hum Bhul Gaye
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Asha Bhosle Shankar Rao Vyas G S Potdar Jeevan Taara (1951)
Ho Ji Chhupa Chhupa Khel Ye
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Sulochana Kadam, Suman Purohit Chitragupt G S Potdar Jeevan Taara (1951)
Kya Bataye Kya Maza Iss Zindagi Me
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Asha Bhosle, G. M. Durrani Shankar Rao Vyas G S Potdar Jeevan Taara (1951)
Mahlo Me Rahne Wale
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Asha Bhosle, Sulochana Kadam Vasant Desai Prem Dhawan Jeevan Taara (1951)
O Chhup Chhup Ke Sapno Me
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Asha Bhosle, G. M. Durrani Vasant Desai Prem Dhawan Jeevan Taara (1951)
Raahe Teri Dekhe Zamana
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G. M. Durrani Chitragupt G S Potdar Jeevan Taara (1951)
Udd Jaaye Baagho Me Nache Gaaye
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Geeta Dutt, Sulochana Kadam Chitragupt G S Potdar Jeevan Taara (1951)

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Jeevan Taara (1951)
Singer: Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Sulochana Kadam, Suman Purohit, G.M. Durrani
Lyricist: G.S. Potdar, Prem Dhawan
Music Director: Vasant Desai, Shankar Rao Vyas, Chitragupt

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Iravum Pagalum 1965

Jaishankar (debut), TKS Vasantha, Asokan, Kanthimathi and Pandari Bai

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Taut thriller: Iravum Pagalum

Joseph Thaliath Junior, son of a high ranking Travancore judicial officer, relocated to Madras to make movies. He worked as assistant director under veterans such as S. Soundararajan (Tamil Nadu Talkies) before he joined hands with noted art director, filmmaker and studio owner F. Nagoor to promote a production company called Citadel Films.
But why Citadel? His favourite novel was A. J. Cronin’s classic “The Citadel” which he wanted to film in Tamil. A story about the medical profession in London, Nagoor told his young friend that such subjects in those days were risky, especially for a maiden attempt, and suggested a crime thriller which became Iravum Pagalum.
Thaliath named his company after the book and later when he built his studio in Kilpauk he called it Citadel Studios. The studio has vanished but today only the cement name board ‘CITADEL’ remains.
Iravum Pagalum being a low budget movie, he decided to cast new faces. That’s when he spotted a handsome, slim young man from theatre, Subramaniam Shankar. He cast him as hero giving him a new name, Jaishankar!
One of the most successful stars of the 1960s, Jaishankar played several action-oriented roles. It is indeed regrettable that despite his many achievements and rare qualities, he was sidelined not only by the Tamil movie world but also by the media. An excellent human being, he did many good deeds without seeking publicity.
Bitten by the drama bug, he joined Cho’s Viveka Fine Arts, which consisted mostly of Mylaporeans where he did insignificant roles. Obviously not happy, he moved out, and the break came with Koothabiran’s Kalki Fine Arts where he made a mark playing a lead role in Kalki’s “Amara Thaara”.
Expectedly he tried to enter the film industry. He was rejected by many producers who thought his eyes were too small for him to play hero in films. Somewhat disappointed, he took up a job with the Simpson Company and was posted in Delhi where he worked for some time. But his fascination for films didn’t die and he came back to Madras where he again acted on stage. An excellent performance in a historical play caught the attention of the adventurous film producer from Trivandrum, Joseph Thaliath Junior, who gave him the break in Iravum Pagalum.
As for the story… a well-to-do college student (Jaishankar) who lives with his widowed mother (Pandari Bai) leads a happy-go-lucky life. One night the family is robbed of all its wealth by a gang and his mother prevents him from reporting it to the police. Realising that there is some mystery behind it, he sets out to unravel it. In disguise he infiltrates into a gang of smugglers and robbers. Meanwhile, he falls in love with his college mate (a pretty, new face TKS Vasantha). All is well that ends well with the mystery unravelled and the lovers uniting…
The tautly told thriller turned out to be a surprise package and scored well at the box office. A slim, active movie star named Jaishankar was born and he never looked back… It also had melodious music (T. R. Papa) with some songs ‘Iravu varum…’ and ‘Ullathin kadhuvugal….’ becoming hits.
Remembered for Jaishankar’s debut, taut onscreen narration and melodious music.
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Ithaya Geetham (1950)

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T. R. Mahalingam, T. R. Rajakumari, T. P. Rajalakshmi, C. V. V. Panthulu, P. S. Veerappa, M. G. Chakrapani, C. S. D. Singh, V. S. Susheela, Lalitha-Padmini (dance)

Joseph Thaliath Jr. was the son of a judge of the Travancore High Court when it was a princely state. Branching off from the conservative family, he landed in Madras with dreams of making films. Fighting against odds, he worked as assistant director under the sadly forgotten, South Indian film pioneer S. Soundararajan of Tamil Nadu Talkies. Soon after, he promoted his own production company named Citadel Film Corporation. With the help of noted art director, studio-owner and producer- director F. Nagoor Joseph, he launched his first production Gnanasoundari (1948). 

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A slice of Christian mythology, it turned out to be a box office bonanza, and he at once launched his second film Ithaya Geetham. A period love story and costume drama written by Joseph himself, the script and dialogue were by Naanjil T.N. Rajappa, a fairly well-known writer of the day. 

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Ithaya Geetham was all about a king, who on his deathbed leaves his queen (Rajalakshmi) and daughter (Rajakumari) in the custody of his friend (Singh) who has two sons, the elder (Veerappa) and the younger (Mahalingam).While the elder son goes to fight a battle, his younger brother and the princess fall in love. Returning victorious from the war, the elder son claims the hand of the princess, but she finds it difficult to decide. The upset younger son goes to battle where he is injured. Realising her folly, the princess attends to her lover. The brothers fight a duel over the princess and the younger brother wins. The lovers marry and rule the kingdom…
Rajakumari and Mahalingam made an attractive pair and the film had tuneful music (composer S.V. Venkataraman, lyrics, Kambadasan and K. P. Kamakshi). Many songs became popular — ‘Vaanulaavum Tharai neeyey' and ‘Odivaa venmugil poley', both duets sung by Mahalingam and Rajakumari.
Joseph directed the film, and produced it assisted by M. Natesan, well-known costume maker of the day, who later became a producer-director. Veteran actress and the first star of Tamil Cinema T. P. Rajalakshmi played the queen mother.
An additional attraction was the dances by Lalitha and Padmini.
Excellently photographed (R. R. Chandran), the film was richly mounted (art direction Joseph Thaliath Jr.).
In spite of them all, Ithaya Geetham did not prove to be a box office success as expected. Joseph dubbed the film into Hindi under the title Jeevan Tara, but it sank without a trace.
The film was mostly shot at Citadel Studios in Kilpauk. Spacious, the studio had one entrance on Landon's Road, and the other on Poonamallee High Road where the Reserve Bank Staff Quarters stand today. The Landon's Road part was sold to a Christian institution. Today only the cement stand with the name ‘CITADEL' exists today; everything else has changed.
Why ‘Citadel'? (Years later, Nagoor told this writer that the favourite novel of Joseph was the famed A. J. Cronin's ‘The Citadel' which he wished to make as his first film. Nagoor advised his friend that Tamil Cinema would not accept such a story, and as a consolation, Joseph named his company ‘Citadel'!)
Remembered for impressive production values, tuneful music and the stunning Rajakumari.
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  • SERIOUS FUNSTER: (Bottom) Murthy; (top left) with Nagesh and Mali in ‘Utharavindri Ullae Vaa'; (right) in his debut film Vennira Aadai. PHOTO: V. GANESAN
    SERIOUS FUNSTER: (Bottom) Murthy; (top left) with Nagesh and Mali in ‘Utharavindri Ullae Vaa'; (right) in his debut film Vennira Aadai. PHOTO: V. GANESAN

TÊTE-À-TÊTE With ‘Vennira Aadai' Murthy, a unique past master in the art of comedy. MALATHI RANGARAJAN

H ow many of us know that ‘Vennira Aadai' Murthy is multi-faceted? Lawyer, actor, writer (Kamal's first film as hero, ‘Maalai Sooda Vaa,' had Murthy penning the story and dialogue) serial director, and an astrologer holding an honorary doctorate in the subject! His home in Kotturpuram, Chennai, is named Manas-Manu. Murthy is married to Manimala, yesteryear heroine and character actor. “Manas is my grandson. Son Manu lives in Australia with his family.” So it's M all the way? “Yeah, we wanted it so,” smiles Murthy.
The actor who has kept viewers young and old in stitches with his comic gestures and unique tongue twirls for 45 years, is quite sedate in person. Yet, as the conversation progresses he relaxes and takes you along through his path of memories.
Precise prediction
Strangely from the beginning till date Murthy's career as a comedian has never seen dizzying highs or worrisome lows. “My guru in Astrology, K. S. Krishnamurthy, had predicted accurately. ‘You will act till the time you hobble with a walking stick,' he said,” recalls Murthy.
His father, K.R. Nataraja Sastri, was a leading criminal lawyer in the district. “We lived in Chidambaram. Initially my idea was to toe his line,” he smiles. Like many famous film personalities, Murthy's Chennai sojourn began at Club House, a lodge opposite Siva Vishnu Temple in T. Nagar. The young student of Law had no inkling of the waiting turnabout!
“Actors Nagesh and Srikanth, and their friend N.C. Chakravarthy were regular TT players at the place I stayed,” says Murthy. After college his job with Remington Rand kept him busy. And when he met Chakravarthy at the Woodlands Drive-in restaurant one evening and learnt that Chakravarthy was an associate director to Sridhar, Murthy casually asked him whether he could get him to appear in a scene in a film. “Chakra had seen me act in the plays staged at YMCA, where I was staying then and knew I can carry off comedy. “A new cast has already been fixed. But you can come over to the office (Chitralaya) and meet Sridhar,” he told Murthy.
“Why do you wish to do comedy? There's nothing funny about your appearance. In fact, you are good looking,” commented Sridhar. (The picture of him as a young man which you get to see is proof enough.) “Because I'm confident in the genre,” Murthy replied, and as he was leaving, added, “I've heard that appealing looks are a fortune. Now I realise they bring ill luck.”
“True to God, the words worked like magic,” says Murthy. “Let's try him,” suggested Sridhar, and the words threw open a new world of fantasy and fame for the young man.
Hailing from an orthodox family where fine arts in any form was taboo, Murthy couldn't bring himself up to tell his folks that he'd got a chance to play a comedian in Sridhar's ‘Vennira Aadai.' The youngest of seven, Murthy insisted on studying at the Madras Christian College, Chennai, only because his father had been a student there, and thus came to the city. Changing tack could shock the family.
“My dad was unwell and I had gone over to Chidambaram. That's when I found the guts to tell him that I was acting in a film,” remembers Murthy. “‘I've no strength to disagree or argue. If you earn too little, life will be difficult. And earning too much will be dangerous,' is all that my father said. The words have been prophetic. I've never scaled the top nor have I hit rock bottom,” he observes.
Murthy has worked with notable directors, producers, writers and actors of the time -- Joseph Thaliath, ‘Chitralaya' Gopu, Ramanna, K.S. Gopalakrishnan, Pa. Neelakantan, Mahendran, Kalaimani … the list is endless. He has worked in 817 films so far, including five in Telugu and a couple in Malayalam and has hobnobbed in theatre with ‘Major' Sundarrajan, and as a member of Chitralaya Gopu's Unity Club. Now it's television time for the veteran.
Murthy was the first to present a series on astrology on television. “Titled ‘Astrology and Vaasthu' and telecast on Jaya way back in 1993, the response it evoked was incredible,” says Murthy. He wrote 222 episodes of ‘Meendum Meendum Sirippu,' the 11-year hit show on Sun. Murthy's latest comedy trip, ‘Sirikka Sirikka Sirippu,' is now on air on Kalaignar.
How did interest in astrology come about? “Like acting, I stumbled on it by accident. When I found a great teacher in Krishnamurthy, I took it up seriously. He gave me books to learn on the subject. But he warned me not to make a career of it. ‘It won't help you,' he said,” says Murthy. When he met his mentor in February 1964, he predicted that the young man will be in cinema by October 30. “I laughed it off because I had no such thought then. But on October 24 when I first donned make-up for ‘Vennira Aadai,' I realised he was bang on,” says Murthy. Awe-struck he went over to tell him about it. “I'm happy you've come all the way to inform me. Not many bother. Astrology is not magic, it's science,” was his response.
Murthy's staying power is surprising. “Simple. By nature I'm a very patient person. I don't get flustered easily. If you ask me to come over at 10 in the morning and don't call me in till even five, I wait, or if I have another important meeting I politely inform and leave. Secondly, I treat all production houses, big and small, equally. And by nature I'm very cordial. You can check it out with the 3,000 odd film folks. Or better still ask any driver who drops me at home after shooting, he'll tell you. I never walk away without thanking him. I believe in being good and kind,” Murthy signs off.

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