Jenova is a 1953 Malayalam-Tamil film, directed by F Nagoor and produced by EP Eppan. The film stars M. G. Ramachandran, B. S. Saroja in lead roles. The film had musical score by M. S. Viswanathan, Jnanamani, Kalyanam. The film was remade in Tamil and this version was released two months after the Malayalam release.
All the main roles in both the languages were performed by same artistes, except for the villain role enacted by Alleppey Vincent, which was done by P. S. Veerappa in the Tamil version. It is the one and only Malayalam film in which MGR acted. It also is the debut of Malayalam film of actor M. G. Chakrapani, music director M. S. Viswanathan, lyricist and dialogues writer Swami Brahmavrathan, lyricist Pethambaram, and director F. Nagoor.. M. G. Ramachandran, B. S. Saroja, M. G. Chakrapani, Alleppey Vincent, T. S. Durairaj etc.
Released in 1953, this film was scheduled as an Easter release. But it finally hit the theatres 13 days after Easter. Despite the late release ‘Jenova’ was a huge hit.
Cipresso (MGR), the brave king of Ardreena, weds princess Jenova (B. S. Saroja). Soon after the wedding the king starts an expedition to the borders to suppress the enemies from the neighbouring kingdoms. Jenova could not convey to the king the happy news that she is pregnant at the time when the king left for the war. Minister Golo’s (Alleppey Vincent) wicked eyes are on Jenova and making use of the situation he tries to molest her. The queen’s faithful servant Garthoos intervenes and saves her. The minister manipulates the situation and the blame is put on the servant. Jenova and Garthoos are imprisoned by the minister. Jenova gives birth to a baby boy in the prison.
When Cipresso returns to the palace after a victorious war, Golo turns him against the queen framing the false charges against her. Cipresso believes Golo. Garthoos is sentenced to death and Genova is banished from the kingdom. In the forest, Mother Mary appears before Jenova and blesses her. Jenova leads the life of a saint. Golo plots to dethrone the king. He spreads the rumour that the king is insane and that the kingdom is in trouble. Cipresso is imprisoned and Golo takes over the reins of the kingdom. The army chief, Annas (M. G. Chakrapani) also lays hatches a plot to grab power. A few faithful servants of Cipresso free their king from the prison. Cipresso and his men attack Golo and in the ensuing fight Annas is killed and Golo escapes. Cipresso also comes to know that the queen is innocent. Cipresso goes on a search for Jenova. In the forest, Golo and his men attack Cipresso. In the ensuing sword fight Golo is killed and the wounded Cipresso falls down. The young prince, Jenova’s son, finds Cipresso and takes him to Genova’s abode. In the end all the misunderstandings are cleared.
Directed by F Nagoor
Produced by EP Eppan
Written by Swami Brahmavruthan
Screenplay by Swami Brahmavruthan
Starring MG Ramachandran, B. S. Saroja, M. G. Chakrapani
Music by MS Viswanathan, Jnanamani, Kalyanam
Cinematography G Vittal Rao
Release dates 17 April 1953
Language Malayalam / Tamil