My original post on this subject reflected a lot of confusion regarding the movie Agathiyar. But I have finally solved the mysteries and misconceptions. So here are the facts:
1. Both clips (below) come from the same film. I know this now, because I watched the film. I found it for free viewing at some site called Media.PkP.in. (Unfortunately, no subtitles. I did fast foward a little during some of the speaking parts. But, as you see here, there are some great song-and-dance scenes! And there are a few more great ones beyond these two clips.)
2. The ‘1957″ date stated in the original YouTube post is wrong, at least for these clips. The YouTube post cites as its source iTalkies, but the listings for that Agathiyar are not the same. For instance, that listing says that the director is A.P. Subbarao. However, the director for the film that these clips come from is A.P. Nagarajan. (So either there are two different films with two different directors, or iTalkies is just confused.) That makes a lot of sense because there are a whole lot of similarities between this film and Thiruvilayada, a film from 1965 that features some of the same actors (not comparing names here – I just recognize them) and has very much of the same look. The film that these clips came from is listed correctly (I am certain now) at the Indian Cinema Database. This database lists the release date for Agathiyar (or this Agathiyar, at least) as being 1972. And that’s when I thought it was, because Sridevi is the child artist in the second clip, and she was born in 1963.
I originally said they were two different clips, because I sort of believed the “1957” date for the first clip. Nonetheless, I also felt that the first clip didn’t look at all like a 1957 clip. First of all, it’s in vivid color, and that would have been very unusual in a Tamil movie at the time. (Unless it was colorized later – but somehow, it didn’t look that way.) Also, that clip looked a lot like other clips that I’d seen, mainly from the late 1960s. (By the way, this director, A.P. Nagarajan, also directed Thillana Mohanambal, which I’ve used as a source of clips before. That one stars Padmini in some of her most famous dances.)
Anyway, so, I’ve done some research to solve a big puzzle, and it was all very satisfying. (Don’t know if anybody else cares, but this was fun for me.) Having corrected all the information, I am now going to turn this into a new post (now that I know how to change the “published” dates). And for anybody who may have missed these clips the first time, you should check them out now – I think they are great!