It’s not the old version; it is the new digitized version of
Veerapandiya Kattabomman. Yes! In the list of Pasamalar, Karnan and
Vasantha Maaligai, here comes the digitized version of Veerapandiya Kattabomman released on 21st Aug 2015.
Directed by B.R. Panthulu and Chevalier
Sivaji Ganesan in the lead, the film is said to be a massive hit, which got released in the year 1959 and had a theatrical run for 175 days.
As the title itself describes, the story is about the brave fighter of India Veerapandiya Kattabomman played by Sivaji Ganesan. In this movie, actor Sivaji Ganesan lived himself in the character Veerapandiya Kattabomman with his walking styles, dialogue delivery and with his good body language. This film has actress Padmini in the lead, who is paired opposite to
. The lengthy war scenes are to be praised for its magnificent action sequences, without any Computer Graphics, which are used nowadays. This film also got a record for its final length after editing, which is about 5,512 meters! Remember the dialogue “Vaanam Pozhigirathu Bhoomi Vizhaigirathu….”? Just think when this dialogue is delivered by Sivaji sir! How amazing it would be, to watch!
Actor Sivaji Ganesan got the Best Actor award in the Afro-Asian Film festival for this film. The song ‘Inbam Pongum Vennila’, featuring Gemini Ganesan and Padmini, is said to be the hit number in the cinema. The technical side of this film has to be applauded, because it is the first film in Indian Film industry to use Technicolor (color motion picture). The dialogues for the film were created by Sakthi T.K. Krishnaswamy and were effectively delivered by Sivaji Ganesan. The music composition by G. Ramanathan gives pleasure feeling to the old generation!
In the new digitized version, the sound of the film is bit modernized for this generation. The Indian actors faces, who has been made to cast as the British characters are painted in white, to look as Britishers seems to be funny.
Overall, whether it is an old version or the new digitized version, it’s a movie for all time generation to be watched, for its technical creativity and for the Sivaji Ganesan powerful dialogues.