Vijaya Productions most successful movie “Enga Veetu Pillai” was released on 14.1.1965, MGR dual acted movie, one as coward Ramu and another dashing and daring Elango. This movie was also remade to Hindi “Ram aur Shayam” lead artist Dilip Kumar and Telugu N.T.Ramarao taking up the bow done by MGR in Tamil.
Mallai Kallan also remade to Telugu and Hindi and other languages but the Producer & Director Sriramulu told that the acting prowess of MGR is not matched by other actors. When I recently saw the Hindi remade of Enga Veetu Pillai, what he said was right not only Mallai Kallan but also Enga Veetu Pillai.
This one movie Enga Veetu Pillai holds the record for most number of theatres for Silver Jubilee run. The number is MGR’s lucky number 7. The record was unbroken till 1977.
Below is the Box Office Collection of 13 theatres of the movie Enga Veetu Pillai.
Casino – Rs.5,33,275.93 (211 days)
Broadway – Rs.4,29,119.29 (176 days)
Mekala – Rs.3,61,293,95 (176 days)
Pallavaram Janata – Rs.1,27,783.50 (107 days)
Central – Rs.3,85,108.34 (176 days)
Royal – Rs.3,76,0005.35 (190 days)
Santhi – Rs.2,25,817.15 (113 days)
Lakshmi – Rs.1,61,089.13 (149 days)
Yagappa – Rs.1,51,099.72 (176 days)
Jupiter – Rs.3,36,401.50 (236 days)
Taj – Rs.1,20,629.60 (100 days)
NVGB – Rs.1,00,726.40 (106 days)
Radha – Rs.75,186.01 (106 days)
Below 100 days theatres collection data are not available to me. I thank Sathya and S.Kumar who forwarded the collection data within a day. Images provided by Ithayakani Vijayan and B.S.Raj of Urimai Kural.