Director: B. R. Panthulu
Cast: Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Padmini
Sivaji Ganesan’s Veerapandiya Kattabomman was released today (August 21st) in a digitalized version. The quality of the picture is a bit incoherent. The war portions were usual. Veerapandiya Kattabomman is more watchable in both versions (black and white, digitalized).
The music by G Ramanthan is superb and it is folksy, classical. The highlight song in this movie Inbam Pongum Vennila, which was sung by P Sushila and P.B Srinivasa Rao. The other songs Pogaadhe Pogaadhe en Kanavva and Singara Kanne and Manam Kanidharul sung by S Varalakshmi are excellent.
Watching this movie again, right from Sivaji’s first words and a prayer to Lord Murugan is awesome.
Veerapandiya Kattabomman (Sivaji Ganesan) is the brave fighter and he is the king of Panchalankurichi, who is the deity of Lord Muruga. One day he came to know that, there were robbery in his kingdom. So he went to capture those robbers and came to know that the British has set this to spoil the peace in his kingdom. Further he came to know that the British has captured the neighboring king Ettappan ( played by V. K. Ramasamy), to help them to merge with Panchalankurichi. He was also promised that he will give 2 villages if he helps them in capturing. Now Ettappan goes to meet kattabomman in disguise and threaten them by telling about the powers of British. Surprisingly, he came to know that its Ettappan who came to their court but he sets him free just because he came as a representative.
Now, there is a girl named Vellaiyammal (Played by Padmini) who lives in Chayalkudi near Panchalankurichi, and she is keen on marrying a person who can control her bull. One fine day, her bull participated in a Jallikattu game that was held in Panchalankurichi, where everyone failed to control her bull. Now, Kattabomman ordered his commander in chief Vellaiyathevan (Gemini Ganesan) to control it and finally he won the game and wins her love too. They get married.
One fine day, Kattabomman got a message that Lord W. C. Jackson (C. R. Parthiban), collector of Tirunelveli, wanted to meet Kattabomman in Ramanathapuram to discuss about his dues. When Kattabomman came with his team to meet him, he said he wanted to meet Kattabomman alone. Jackson insulted Kattabomman and wanted to arrest him. Now, he managed to escape from them but unfortunately his Minister, Thanapathi Sivasubramaniam Pillai (M. R. Santhanam), was arrested by the British. They released after some time. After the release, he came to the court telling that Jackson went back to England.
Now, Colonel Ooshington, who is a new collector of Tirunelveli blamed Pillai for looting their assets and Killing their men. Pillai accepted his mistake by telling that, he did this due to starvation. though ashamed of his act, Kattabomman do not want them to arrest Pillai but agrees to pay him money. They did not accept. They gathered group against Kattabomman from the neighboring village and planned for a war when the people are away to attend a function in Tiruchendur. Kattabomman’s spy Sunderalingam (A. Karunanidhi), overhears this and informs Kattabomman, who prepares for battle. Padmini who just got married advised Gemini Ganeshan not to go for a war because she had a bad dream last night. But still he went for the battle and he was killed.
On seeing his dead body, she too falls on it and died. There was a heavy troop which battled kattabomman and he was hurt in his neck. Now he was saved by his brother omaithurai (O. A. K. Thevar), and they try to flee Pudukkottai. The British ordered the king of Pudukkottai, to kill them. The king of Pudukkottai, did as the britishers told him and finally omaithurai was jailed and Kattabomman is hanged at Kayatharu.