Raja Sandow

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Raja Sandow, born PK Nagalingam (not clear what "PK" stands for) , who had achieved fame as an actor in the silent era working in Mumbai for Kohinoor, especially in Chandulal Shah's Gunsundari (1927) next to Gohar Mamajiwala and in the subsequent Shah-Gohar talkies, even co-founding Ranjit Movietone with them, directed social-reform films in Chennai, starting with the silent movies Anadhai Penn/ Orphan Girl (1930), the adaptation of Kothainayaki Ammalís novel, and Peyum Pennum (1930) for Padmanabhan's Associated Films. In 1928 a man called Padmanabhan had founded the Associated Films Studio in Chennai, and paired Raja Sandow as director and Krishnasamy Subramaniyam (later himself an influential social-realist director) as screenwriter, resulting in silent movies like Pride of Hindustan (1931). Years later, Sandow's film Vasantha Sena/ Vasantsena (1936) introduced the Tamil comedy duo of Nagerkoyil Sudalaimuthu Krishnan and his wife TA Madhuram (not clear what "TA" stands for).

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