Aadi Perukku (film)
|Directed by||K. Shankar|
|Produced by||K. Madhanagopal|
B. Saroja Devi
M. V. Rajamma
|Music by||A. M. Rajah|
|2 August 1962|
Aadi Perukku (also spelt Aadiperukku) is a 1962 Indian Tamil-language romance film edited and directed by K. Shankar. Gemini Ganesan and B. Saroja Devi play the lead roles, while J. P. Chandrababu, Devika and others play supporting roles.
Padma (B. Saroja Devi) lives with her widowed mother (M. V. Rajamma) and her brother who works in the harbour. The family finds refuge in the house of Raja (Gemini Ganesan), a poet. Padma's brother dies in an accident. With help from a well-wisher (C. V. V. Panthulu), Raja goes to Madras and meets a publisher (K. D. Santhanam) who helps him to become a bestselling writer. The publisher’s daughter, Latha (Devika), falls in love with Raja. Heartbroken, Padma marries a man who later dies of a mysterious disease. When Raja and Latha are all set to marry, Padma shows up at the scene, causing a confused Raja to leave the wedding hall. Traumatised, Latha's father becomes sick and a doctor says he will survive only if Latha's marriage happens. In gratitude, Raja marries Latha and soon after, she gives birth to a baby who goes into a coma. Padma offers to sacrifice her life for the sake of the baby and the film ends with the baby recovering.
The film shares its name with Aadi Perukku, a festival in Tamil Nadu which pays tribute to water's life-sustaining properties. Despite that, the festival is not referenced anywhere onscreen except the song "Annaiyin Arule Vaa", near the end of which Gemini Ganesan is shown singing the last two lines as a tribute to the festival.
|Tamil track list|
|1.||"Annaiyin Arule Vaa"||Kothamangalam Subbu||Sirkazhi Govindarajan||03:32|
|2.||"Idhuthaan Ulagamaa"||Kannadasan||P. Susheela||03:24|
|3.||"Kannaale Pesum"||K. D. Santhanam||P. Susheela||03:12|
|4.||"Kannizhanda Manidhar"||Kannadasan||A. M. Raja, P. Susheela||03:12|
|5.||"Kaaveri Oram"||K. D. Santhanam||P. Susheela||03:16|
|6.||"Pengal Illaatha"||Kothamangalam Subbu||A. M. Raja, P. Susheela||06:44|
|7.||"Puriyaathu"||Suratha||P. B. Sreenivas||04:44|
|8.||"Thanimaiyile Inimai (duet)"||K. D. Santhanam||A. M. Raja, P. Susheela||03:21|
|9.||"Thanimaiyile Inimai (male)"||K. D. Santhanam||A. M. Raja||03:31|
According to film historian Randor Guy, the film did not succeed commercially because of the "somewhat predictable storyline, the many deaths and the lack of significance of the title". He did, however, praise the performances of Saroja Devi and Ganesan.
- Guy, Randor (7 March 2015). "Blast from the Past: Aadiperukku - 1962". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
- "Aadi Perukku (1962)". Music India Online. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
- Aadipperukku Song book (in Tamil). Broadway, Chennai: Kalaimagal Press, Vadakankulam.