Moondram Pirai (1982)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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This masterfully crafted, offbeat romantic drama follows the twists and turns in the life of a schoolteacher, Cheenu (Kamalahasan) who rescues a mentally deranged woman Viji (Sridevi) from a brothel and looks after her in his hillside home. While the crazed woman, regressing into a childlike state, becomes devoted to him, he struggles to keep his sexual desire in check. While Viji is leading a blissful existence with Cheenu, with no memory of her past at all, Viji's father Vedachalam (Veeraraghavan), has been desperately seeking her, even posting a newspaper advertisement about his lost daughter. A co-passenger who had travelled with Cheenu and Viji from Chennai to Ooty by train gives him a lead. When Cheenu takes Viji to an Ayurvedic medical practitioner for treatment, the police converge on the location forcing Cheenu to stay away for fear of action against him. Will Viji's treatment be successful? Will Cheenu be able to convince Viji's father and the police of his good intentions, and will vouch for him?
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi Kapoor

Crew: Balu Mahendra (Director), Balu Mahendra (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 19 Feb 1982 (India)

Tamil Name: மூன்றாம் பிறை

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Did you know? This movie was dubbed in Telugu under the title 'Vasantha Kokila' and was released on the same day (19 February 1982). Read More
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as Srinivas/Seenu
as Bhagyalakshmi/Viji
as Srinivas's Boss
as Vedachalam
as Boss's Wife
as Srinivas's Friend

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
01 
04:09
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
02 
04:31
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, S Janaki
03 
04:01
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi Kapoor
04 
04:32
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Gangai Amaran
Playback Singer: S Janaki
05 
04:18
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
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01:09
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
Trivia:
The song "Ponmeni Uruguthe" that was picturised on Kamal Haasan and Silk Smitha developed cult status, in 2003 however Balu Mahendra revealed that he considered the song as "not needed at all"

The number "Kannae Kalaimanae" was written by Kannadasan, and was written in "about two minutes" time. Coincidentally, it was the last song which he wrote, before his death in 1981.

This movie was a blockbuster and completed 329-day run at the box office. Since then, it has achieved cult status and is regarded as a classic by critics and audiences alike.

Kamal Haasan won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Srinivas. Balu Mahendra did the cinematography as well for which he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography.

This movie was remade the following year as the Hindi film 'Sadma', with much of the cast and crew from the original reprising their roles.

This movie was dubbed in Telugu under the title 'Vasantha Kokila' and was released on the same day (19 February 1982).
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Remade as: Sadma (Hindi)