(It was fun just to put up the clip last night, but I have decided that a little more text would be in order here…)
I’ve known about Thooku Thooki for a while as the only film that starred all three Travancore Sisters. In this clip, I see only two, Padmini and Ragini (at least they are the only ones dancing – though I wonder if that’s Lalitha watching them), along with Sivaji Ganesan. But it was great to find the clip anyway, because scenes from this movie have not been available during the past few years. (I also see links where we could supposedly see the film online. But those often don’t work out… I will get back to the subject when I have more time to look into it.)
Thooku Thooki was a folk tale that had originally been made into a movie in 1935. There is a nice article published recently in The Hindu, written by Randor Guy, that tells some detail about that tale and the two films.
By the way, I guess people have noticed that in my more recent “Bolly blogging,” I have become completely aware of the birthdays and death anniversaries of my favorite artists. I prefer to commemorate birthdays (maybe because it’s less depressing?), though I have noticed that especially with the stars from the Indian subcontinent, many people lean more toward recognzing death anniversaries. (Maybe it is more of a tradition over there?)
Anyway, since I’m not going to do a separate post for this sad occasion,… I will just mention that I know today is the fourth death anniversary of the late, great Padmini, who lived from June 12, 1932 to September 24, 2006.