Rani Lalithangi is a Tamil language Folklore movie starring Sivaji Ganesan and P. Bhanumathi in the lead roles. The film, directed by T. R. Raghunath, had musical score by G. Ramanathan and was released on 21 September 1957.
Lalithangi (Bhanumathi) is a queen who rules over her kingdom, showing the world that a woman could rule as effectively as a man. Another king, a kind-hearted man, has a son (Sivaji Ganesan), a talented sculptor and lover of fine arts. A scheming and ambitious chieftain (Veerappa), who has his eye on the prince’s kingdom, plans to kill him in the course of a gypsy dance. He also deputes an attractive dancer (Rajasulochana) to ensnare him, but the prince escapes her wiles and begins to hate women. Lalithangi who wants to win over the hero disguises herself as a yogini and hands over a love letter to the prince. This enrages him and he throws her out. Determined to win his heart, she learns dancing. During an art festival at the palace, Lalithangi succeeds in dancing and changing the prince’s mind! How she persuades the prince to fall in love with her and wins him as her life partner form the rest of the plot.
Directed by T. R. Raghunath
Produced by Tiruchi R. Kalyanaraman
Written by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Doss
Screenplay by Thanjai N. Ramaiah Doss
Starring Sivaji Ganesan, P. Bhanumathi, Rajasulochana, P. S. Veerappa
Music by G. Ramanathan
Cinematography P. L. Rai
Edited by R. Rajagopal
Production T. N. R. Productions
Distributed by T. N. R. Productions
Release dates 21 September 1957
Running time 153 mins