|Ulagam Sutrum Valiban|
|Directed by||M. G. Ramachandran|
|Produced by||M. G. Ramachandran|
R. M. Veerappan
|Story by||R. M. Veerappan|
S. K. T. Sami
|Starring||M. G. Ramachandran|
M. N. Nambiar
R. S. Manohar
S. A. Ashokan
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||M. Umanath|
Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (transl. Globetrotting Youngster) is a 1973 Indian Tamil-language science fiction film, directed and produced by M. G. Ramachandran and co-produced by R. M. Veerappan. The film stars MGR in the lead role, along with Manjula, Latha, Chandrakala, Thai actress Metta Roongrat, M. N. Nambiar, R. S. Manohar and S. A. Ashokan, Nagesh play supporting roles. The film score and soundtrack were composed by M. S. Viswanathan.
Murugan (MGR) is an Indian scientist who has recently discovered how to store a part of the energy unleashed from lightning. He reports this in the Hong Kong scientists' conference. He subsequently announces that he wouldn't reveal his discovery since the world is at the brink of World War III and his research may be used for destructive purposes.
Scientist Bairavan (S. A. Asokan) claims Murugan is falsely claiming that his research is successful. Murugan thus conducts a demonstration and destroys the vital research notes, which upsets other scientists. Bairavan offers $100 million to persuade him to sell the research to a foreign country, which Murugan refuses.
Murugan then departs with his girlfriend, Vimala (Manjula) for a world tour. He discloses to Vimala that he pretended like destroying the research notes and he has kept them in some safe place. He indeed had plans of using them further so that his research is used for productive purposes. Bairavan, who has been following them, overhears this. Bairavan plans to steal the research notes. While in Singapore, Bairavan shoots Murugan with a special gun (not killing him). Vimala faints on seeing this.
Murugan, who seemingly suffers a mental disorder is subsequently taken into Bairavan's custody.
Shortly, Vimala too is abducted by Bairavan, expecting the former to cure Murugan, so that he could get information on the whereabouts of the research documents.
- M. G. Ramachandran as Murugan (Scientist) / Raju (alias Jayaraj) (CBCID officer and Murugan's younger brother) (Duel act role)
- Manjula as Vimala (Murugan Lover)
- Latha as Lily (Bairavan Secroty Who later Become Raju's Grilfriend and more)
- Chandrakala as Rathnadevi (Raju Lover and later his Wife)
- M. G. Chakrapani as (The narrator in the credits of opening, his name appears in the title as production consultant)
- M. N. Nambiar (Guest-star) as (The Karateka, one of the Bairavan's henchmen Enemy role)
- R. S. Manohar as (Lilly's Brother, Bairavan Spy Enemy role)
- S. A. Ashokan as Bairavan, (Scientist and the Enemy role)
- Nagesh as Markandeyan (Sea View hotel bearer who later becomes Raju's friend)
- V. Gopalakrishnan as (The doctor and the gunsmith of Bairavan Enemy role)
- Thengai Srinivasan as (The driver and one of Bairavan's henchmen Enemy role)
- Som Saï (Guest-star) as Som Sai, Metta's father
- Shiyam Sundar as One of Bairavan's henchmen
- Metta Roongrat (เมตตา รุ่งรัตน์) (Guest-star) as Metta, Som Saï's daughter
The casting is established according to the original order of the credits of opening of the movie, except those not mentioned.
The film was one of Ramachandran's all-time blockbuster movies and completed a 217-day run at the box office in Tamil Nadu. It yielded ₹1.3 crore in entertainment tax revenue to the State exchequer grossing record ₹4.55 crore (worth ₹455 crore in 2019 gold prices). It celebrated Silver Jubilee in Devi Paradise, Agasthia in Chennai, Madurai – Meenakshi (217), Trichy – Palace (203) Kovai – Raja (199) & Sri Lanka - Capital and Kottayam - 200 days. It crossed 100 days in 33 theatres. Booking reservations within three hours of opening 100 shows were full. There was no advertisement, posters and publicity of releasing the film. It was displayed on a blackboard. It was the first Indian movie to break the record collection of the English-language movie "Mckenna's Gold" in a single theatre; Devi Paradise.
Best movie (Sirandha Thiraipadam)
Best director (MGR) (Sirandha Iyakkunar)
Best producer (MGR), under his Emgiyaar Pictures Limited (Sirandha Thayaripalar)
The score and soundtrack were composed by M. S. Viswanathan.
2 songs, of which "Aval Oru Navarasa..." and "Nilavu Oru..." results from an unfinished movie of MGR entitled INAINTHA KAIKAL.
There are in ULAGAM SUTRUM VALIBAN several big instrumental pieces and very different themes in the orchestration.
Indeed, he was already on the soundtrack of another movie of MGR, in 1966, PARAKKUM PAAVAI with the title " Sugam Yethilae... " accompanied by the famous dueo, T. M. Soundararajan-L. R. Eswari. He lent his voice to the actor J. P. Chandrababu.
The film celebrated silver jubilee in 7 screens (Devi Paradise - 182 days, Agasthiya - 176 days in Chennai, Madurai- Meenakshi 217 days, Trichy - Palace 203 days, Kovai - Raja 175 days and in Sri Lanka - Capital - 203 days -Kottayam-200 days
Jayalalithaa, in an interview with the media, said that Ramachandran owed his popularity to her; irked by this, Ramachandran fired her from Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, and replaced her with Manjula. The climax scene was shot at Expo 70.
|1||"Aval Oru Navarasa"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Kannadasan||03:32|
|2||"Bansaayee" (ten thousand years)||T. M. Soundararajan, L. R. Eswari||Vaali||04:44|
|3||"Lilly Malarukku"||T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela||Kannadasan||05:20|
|4||"Nilavu Oru"||T. M. Soundararajan||Vaali||04:22|
|5||"Oh My Darling" (In the album)||T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela||04:03|
|6||"Pachchaikili"||T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela||Kannadasan||04:37|
|7||"Sirithu Vaazhavendum"||T. M. Soundararajan, chorus||Pulamaipithan||04:29|
|8||"Thangath Thoniyile"||K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela||Vaali||03:24|
|9||"Ulagam Ulagam"||T. M. Soundararajan, S. Janaki||Kannadasan||03:39|
|10||"Namadhu Vetriyai Naalai"||Seerkazhi Govindarajan||Pulavar Vedha||02:57|
|11||"Ninaikkum Pothu" (In the album)||P. Susheela||Vaali||03:34|
|12||"Chimasa"² (Japanese song)||Female singer and male singer||Unknown||00:57|
|13||"Sayonara"² (Japanese song)||Male singer||Unknown||02:58|
|14||Instrumental piece||Chorus||No lyrics||04:46|
|15||Instrumental piece||Chorus||No lyrics||02:29|
|16||Instrumental piece||Chorus||No lyrics|
Ramachandran intended to make a sequel to this film titled Kizhakku Africavil Raju, but the project never came to fruition when he was alive. An animated sequel with the same title was planned by Ishari K. Ganesh in the late 2010s, with a new script directed by M. Arulmoorthy. Despite signing on actresses such as Sayyeshaa and Akshara Gowda to star opposite a computer-generated Ramachandran, the film did not complete production.
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Elements of science fiction are, by no means, new to Tamil cinema, with films as early as Kaadu (1952), Kalai Arasi (1958) and Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (1973) utilizing science fiction tropes and premises.
- Guy, Randor (30 April 2016). "Blast from the Past: Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban (1973)". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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- USV sixtieth week record
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- "Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Songs". raaga. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- "Akshara Gowda in MGR animation film". The Times of India. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.