Roman Holiday

Brief Story of Roman Holiday

Princess Anne embarks on a highly publicized tour of European capitals. When she and her royal entourage arrive in Rome, she begins to rebel against her restricted, regimented schedule. One night Anne sneaks out of her room, hops into the back of a delivery truck and escapes her luxurious confinement. However, a sedative she was forced to take earlier starts to take effect, and the princess is soon fast asleep on a public bench. She is found by Joe Bradley, an American newspaper reporter stationed in Rome. He takes her back to his apartment. The next morning Joe dashes off to cover the Princess Anne press conference, unaware that she is sleeping on his couch! Once he realizes his good fortune, Joe promises his editor an exclusive interview with the princess… for further reading of Roman Holiday click http://www.imdb.com

Do you know that Roman Holiday Tamil version was filmed and it was acted by MGR in the role of American Journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck)? If you have seen that beautiful film 1953 Roman Holiday (black and white) directed by William Wyler and starred by Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, you cannot imagine and relate the film to MGR right.

Ok the fact is MGR story writers know how to use the Gregory Peck’s character Joe Bradley to MGR and give less importance to the character of Princess Ann. They refined the story to MGR’s image and added songs and fights as necessary to the Tamil film. Can you guess the film, if no the answer is “Chandrodayam” MGR is a News reporter who has lot of affection to the Poor and doing his duty as it is. Princess Ann character is donned by Jayalalitha who is a Rich Girl who doesn’t know the outer world. She comes out of the her world and she was taken care by MGR. She falls in love, duet songs, and fights as usual.
MGR’s villain was M.R.Radha who is the Editor of the News Paper, who as usually utters “Suttuduvan” (I will shoot you) in this movie also. MGR was from Dravidian movement his film reviews were always remarked badly by most of the yesteryear News Papers and Magazines. In this film one scene M.R.Radha was greeted by a Producer who asks him to praise his movie and boos his opponent film, M.R.Radha accepts the offer and says “Avan padam varutha” with a grim face, MGR interrupts and ask him to be honest in his work. When MGR exits from the scene, the Producer ask the Editor to fire him. But M.R.Radha refuses saying this kind of protesting persons should not be fired as they will create more problem when let out, it is good to work him. (As this really happened when MGR was expelled from DMK in 1972) The lighter side was by Nagesh who always have difference of opinion with his wife.

His solo song “Buddhan, Yesu, Gandhi piranthathu” was thought provoking and the duet songs are as usual.

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