Premaloka (1987)

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Premaloka (1987)

Premaloka - The World of Love - is a story that revolves around the protagonist, Ravichandran who tries to woo a classmate, Juhi Chawla. On being spurned, he poses as a mysterious biker and sweeps her off her feet. Towards the end, she learns that the biker and her classmate are, in fact, the same guy.
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Release Date
Runtime2h 34mins
GenreDrama, Romance
Content Rating
Awards
CompanySri Eswari Productions
CountryIndia
LanguageKannada
Vishnuvardhan
Vishnuvardhan
(Guest Appearance)
(Guest Appearance)
Tiger Prabhakar
Tiger Prabhakar
(Guest Appearance)
Lokesh
Lokesh
K. Vijaya
K. Vijaya
Jayachitra
Jayachitra
Leelavathi
Leelavathi

Premaloka

Premaloka in Kannada (transl. World of Love), Paruva Ragam in Tamil (transl. The Melody of Age), is a 1987 bilingual romantic musical film,inspired from the 1982 American movie Grease 2, written and directed by V. Ravichandran in his directorial debut. He additionally served as the lead actor and producer under Eshwari Productions.

Produced simultaneously in Kannada and Tamil, the film stars V. Ravichandran in the lead role alongside Juhi, in her acting debut. Leelavathi and Lokesh play supportive roles in the Kannada version while Jai Shankar and Manorama reprise their respective roles in the Tamil version. Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Prabhakar, Srinath, and Urvashi made guest appearances in the film. Thengai Srinivasan, Cho Ramaswamy and Delhi Ganesh portray the respective roles of Ambareesh, Prabhakar, and Srinath, in the Tamil version.


Plot

A young man is in love with his classmate who rebukes his advances. Desperate for her affection, he decides to pose as a mysterious biker and sweep her off her feet.


Cast

Actor (Kannada)Actor (Tamil)Role
V. RavichandranRavi
Juhi Chawla Shashikala (Shashi)
LeelavathiManoramaSharadamma / Thayamma
LokeshJai ShankarRavi's father
SrinathDelhi GaneshShashi's father
ThyaguRavi's friend
JayachitraKaveri
Mukhyamantri ChandruPoornam ViswanathanChief Minister
K. VijayaVadivukkarasiRavi's mother
PrabhakarCho RamaswamyCollege principal
Guest appearances:
VishnuvardhanProfessor Manohar
AmbareeshThengai SrinivasanHotel supplier
UrvashiRohini

Production

The film marked the directorial debut of V. Ravichandran. For the lead actress, Ravichandran rejected 52 girls before choosing Juhi Chawla as the heroine. Apart from composing music, Hamsalekha has also written lyrics for all songs and dialogues for the film. When Ravichandran was mulling over the theme of the film, Hamsalekha suggested him to do a musical script on the lines of The Sound of Music and Grease 2.

Jolly Bustin who went on to become a stunt master worked as a body double for Ravichandran.


Soundtrack

Premaloka / Paruva Raagam
Soundtrack album by
Hamsalekha
Released7 May 1986
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length47:39
LabelLahari Music

Hamsalekha composed the music for the film (in his Tamil debut) and also penned the lyrics for the Kannada soundtrack while Vairamuthu penned the lyrics for the Tamil soundtrack. The soundtrack album consists of eleven tracks. The distribution rights were bought by Lahari Music for a hitherto record price of ₹150,000.

The music and the songs in the film were widely appreciated and created records in the audio cassette sales during the time. Tulsiram Naidu (Lahari Velu) of Lahari Audio, says, "Premaloka continues to be the biggest hit among film music albums in Kannada cinema. Back then audio rights were sold for a pittance and nominally paid ₹100 or ₹1,000. With Premaloka things changed and rights began to be sold in lakhs". The lyrics of the soundtrack also received acclaim from critics.

The soundtrack sold 3.8 million units, setting a record for South Indian soundtrack albums.

The lyrics of two songs from Grease 2 – Back to School Again and Who's That Guy? were retained as Hogona Kaalejige and Yaarivanu, respectively. Another song Premalokadinda Banda was an adaptation of the 1963 Chinese (Hokkien) song Cup (in the) Shadow.

Kannada version

All lyrics are written by Hamsalekha.

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Premalokadinda"S. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas, Ravichandran4:34
2."Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:31
3."Ee Nimbe Hanninantha"Mano2:59
4."Nodamma Hudugi"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Latha Hamsalekha5:14
5."Cheluve Ondu Kelthini"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:19
6."Yaarivanu Ee Manmathanu"S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:49
7."Boy Friend Barthaanantha"S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:25
8."E Gangu Ee Biku Kalisikodu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:44
9."Idu Nanna Ninna Prema Geethe"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
10."Mosagaarana"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
11."Bathroominalli"Vani Jayaram2:10
Total length:47:39

Tamil version

All lyrics are written by Vairamuthu.

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kadhal Illai"S. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas, Ravichandran4:34
2."Paadum ilam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:31
3."Oru Minnal Pola"Ramesh2:59
4."Kelamma Kelamma"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:14
5."Poove Unnai Nesithen"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:19
6."Yaar Evano"S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:49
7."Adea Amma Kannu"S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:25
8."Hey Maama Vandi Otta"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, Ravichandran4:44
9."Oru Aanum Pennum"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
10."Mosakaarana Naan"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:21
11."Vanavillai Parthen"Vani Jayaram2:10
Total length:47:39

Telugu version

All lyrics are written by Rajashri.

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Paruvam Needenani"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:57
2."Satileni Premalokam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:35
3."Toli Aasalu Pongee"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:33
4."Boy Friend - Boy Friend"S. Janaki4:23
5."Nuvve Nenani Thalachaane"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:18
6."Chilakamma Chittemma"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela5:14
7."Oka Muddabanthi"M. Ramesh2:58
8."Evare Veedu"S. Janaki4:54
9."Eh Mama Biku Nerpava"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:45
10."Mosagaadina"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:22
11."Levandi Premikulu"P. Susheela2:09
Total length:48:14

Box-office

The film opened to an underwhelming response for "first few days" and was almost declared as failure "for the first three weeks". However, due to positive word-of-mouth, the film became successful a month after the release.


Legacy

One of the songs, Nodamma Hudugi, was reused by Sundeep Malani for his Kanglish film SMS 6260 featuring Diganth, Kiran, Janu. Hamsalekha would go on to compose music for many more Ravichandran films.

Premaloka was dubbed in Telugu as Premalokam. Juhi Chawla recalling her experiences stated that "My 45-day shoot for Premaloka ensured that going on the set of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a cakewalk. The other good thing about Premaloka was that the team was young, so it was like college buddies hanging out. Since the film was a musical, it was like a party on the set. The only senior person there was our cinematographer. I fondly look back at my stint in Kannada cinema during my early days as the foundation for my career in Bollywood".