Idhi Katha Kadhu (1979)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 42 mins

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This evocative romantic drama revolves around the trials and tribulations of Suhasini (Jayasudha). Suhasini is a happy-go-lucky girl head-over-heels in love with her boyfriend Bharani (Sarath Babu). Her life changes when her father gets transferred to Mumbai (then Bombay). Her love life falls apart as Bharani doesn’t respond to any of her letters. In addition, her father becomes seriously ill. Her father’s office colleague, Subanakar (Chiranjeevi), becomes a great source of strength for her in these tough times. Soon, he asks for her hand in marriage. She accepts gratefully, and confesses that she had a boyfriend, who has seemingly forgotten her. However, she soon realizes the truth about Subanakar. He is a sadistic and jealous husband, who tortures her no end and, not unsurprisingly, she opts for a divorce. As a divorced woman, with an infant in her hands, she lands in Chennai (then Madras) to take up a new job and start a new life. Her life takes a turn for the better in Chennai as she has a very supportive group of friends in her office, particularly a widower, Johnny (Kamal Hassan). Johnny, a talented ventriloquist who “talks” through his puppet, Junior. He falls in love with Suhasini, but is unable to muster up the courage to tell her about it. In an interesting cinematic twist, her ex-husband’s mother discovers her presence in the city and takes up a job as a maid in her house. Suhasini also stumbles upon Bharani in Chennai and discovers that her letters to him never reached as they were intercepted by his mentally-challenged sister. Soon, Suhasini renews her relationship with Bharani and life seems to be looking up for her. But the ghosts of the past continue to haunt her. Subanakar comes to Chennai in the role of her boss – a contrite and repentant Subanakar, who now wants to re-marry Suhasini and redress the wrongs he had done. The situation becomes piquant with 3 men vying for Suhasini – her ex-love, her ex-husband and a silent lover lurking on the sidelines. Which way will Suhasini go?

Cast: Chiranjeevi, Jayasudha, Kamal Haasan

Crew: K Balachander (Director), Lok Singh (Director of Photography), MS Viswanathan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 29 Jul 1979 (India)

Telugu Name: ఇది కథ కాదు

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Did you know? This film also had Chiranjeevi as the villainous husband of Jayasudha in this movie, while Rajinikanth starred as the husband in the Tamil original. Read More
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as Subanakar
as Suhasini
as Johnny
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as Bharani

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Telugu
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
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Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: P Susheela
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Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
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Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, P Susheela
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Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
Trivia:
This film also had Chiranjeevi as the villainous husband of Jayasudha in this movie, while Rajinikanth starred as the husband in the Tamil original.

This movie is a remake of Balachander's earlier Tamil hit Avargal (1977). Jayasudha reprised the role of Sujatha in the original. Kamal Haasan starred in the same role in both languages.
Movie Connection(s):
Remake of: Avargal (Tamil)