Adhering to its title 'Cinema Paithiyam', this enlightening, socially relevant drama traces the life and transformation of Jaya (Jayachitra) from being mired in the illusion of the reel world to the real world. So obsessed is she with movies and the movie world, that she worships the popular film hero Jai Shankar, believing all that he portrays on screen, to be his real self. He becomes the ideal man of her dreams, and she even tattoos his name in her arm.
Hell breaks loose when she refuses to marry the boy Natarajan (Kamalhaasan) arranged by her brother and her sister-in-law. At his juncture, steps in her Uncle, who takes it upon himself to show her the true world, by taking her on a trip around the real life of a star.
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Leading lady Jayachitra later claimed that this film broke a record as being the first black-and-white film that ran for more than 100 days at a theatre called Devi-Sridevi Complex in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Read More