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Raj Tilak (1958 film)

Raj Tilak
File:RAJ TILAK 1958.jpg
Directed by S. S. Vasan
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Written by Story: K. J. Mahadevan
C. Srinivasan
Kothamangalam Subbu
Ramanand Sagar
Screenplay & dialogue:Ramanand Sagar
Based on The Count of Monte Cristo 
by Alexandre Dumas
Starring Gemini Ganesan
Gajanan Jagirdar
Music by C. Ramchandra
Cinematography P. Ellappa
Edited by N. R. Krishna Sami
Distributed by Gemini Pictures
Release dates
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
171 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Raj Tilak (Hindi: राज तिलक ; English: Crown Prince) is a Bollywood Hindi film of 1958 Black-and-white Ruritanian romance epic film written by Gemini Studios story department consist of K. J. Mahadevan, C. Srinivasan and Kothamangalam Subbu along with Ramanand Sagar while the film was directed and produced by S. S. Vasan.[1] The film features Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with Padmini, Pran, Gajanan Jagirdar, Bipin gupta, Meenakshi, Lalita Pawar, Durga Khote, Manmohan Krishna and Shammi forms an ensemble cast.[2]

The screenplay was done by Ramanand Sagar who had earlier worked with S. S. Vasan in Insaniyat.[3][4] The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban.[5]


Character map of Vanjikottai Valiban and Raj Tilak

Vanjikottai Valiban (Tamil) Raj Tilak (Hindi)
Sunderalingam (Gemini Ganesan) Chander (Gemini Ganesan)
Mandakini (Vyjayanthimala) Mandakini (Vyjayanthimala)
Bathma (Padmini) Bathma (Padmini)
Senathipathi (P.S. Veerappa) (Pran)


C. Ramchandra has composed the music of the songs.

  • "Chalna Sambhal Ke Jee" - Singers: Asha Bhosale, Mohammad Rafi
  • "O Jaan-e-jigar Zara Dekho Idhar" - Singer: Asha Bhosale
  • "Aaj Na Jane Reh Reh Kyon Dil Yeh Mera Dole" - Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
  • "Dil Jo Doongi Raja Nikaal Ke" - Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
  • "Bum Bholanath Bum Bhola" - Singer: Manna Dey
  • "Aaja Tu Raja Aaja Mausam-e-bahar Hai" - Singer: Asha Bhosale, Sudha Malhotra
  • "O Maa Na Bolegi Na Bolegi" - Singers: Manna Dey
  • "Ho Dekho Aayi Re Ho Kaali Ghata" - Singers: Mohammad Rafi


The film was performed poorly at the box office where it only managed to run for a week at the cinemas.[6]

Inspirations and remakes

The film was a remake of 1958 Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban which also directed by S. S. Vasan with Gemini Ganesan, Vyjayanthimala and Padmini.[5] The film itself was inspired by the 1884 novel The Count of Monte Cristo.[7]


  1. Randor Guy (2003-05-23). "With a finger on people's pulse". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service) (01-04-2010). "Southside Male Bollywood". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-01-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Subhash K. Jha (Indo-Asian News Service) (2005-12-13). "Ramanand Sagar: TV and cinema's blockbuster man". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. "Ramanand Sagar: A writer’s sensibility". The Tribune. 2005-12-25. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Randor Guy (2011-03-26). "Vanjikottai Vaaliban 1958". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  6. Subhash Chheda (1998-04-24). "1958: Year that was". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  7. Ramachandran, T.M (1985). 70 Years of Indian Cinema 1913 to 1983. I B D Ltd. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-86132-090-5. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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