Arangetram (1973)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 36 mins

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This bold drama delves into deep social issues and centres around the struggles and sacrifices in the life of Lalitha, the eldest daughter of a pious and conservative Brahmin family. She has eight siblings and poverty rules supreme. When her father becomes unable to support the family, she decides to take up the family mantle and goes to work. Through her earnings, she ensures that all her siblings are given a good education and are married into happy and comfortable homes. However, despite sacrificing her own life for the sake of her family, she is deeply shamed and excommunicated by her family. Why?

Cast: Kamal Haasan, Prameela, Sivakumar

Crew: K Balachander (Director), BS Lokanath (Director of Photography), V Kumar (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 07 Feb 1973 (India)

Tamil Name: அரங்கேற்றம்

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Did you know? This film was featured as part of the Tamil Nadu government's information campaign promoting family planning. Read More
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as Thyagu
as Lalitha
as Thangavelu
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Special Appearance
as Mangalam
as Devi
as Visalam
as Music Teacher
as Nadesa Udaiyaar

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
01 
03:01
Music Director: V Kumar
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: P Susheela, SP Balasubramaniam
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03:20
Music Director: V Kumar
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: LR Eswari, TV Rathinam
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03:14
Music Director: V Kumar
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: P Susheela
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03:13
Music Director: V Kumar
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Trivia:
This movie was remade in Hindi under the title Aaina (1977), with Mumtaz playing the lead role.

This film was featured as part of the Tamil Nadu government's information campaign promoting family planning.

The film told the story of a young woman who is forced to become a prostitute in order to support her conservative, but extremely poor Brahmin family. It carried hard hitting messages and very bold scenes and was controversial at the time of its release, but became a commercial hit.

V Kumar composed the music for this film, which was the last Balachander he worked on.

The film marked Kamal Haasan's first adult role, while, along with Prameela, Jayachitra, Jayasudha, Sashikumar and Achacho Chitra made their debuts in Tamil cinema.