Pasi (1979)

 ●  Tamil ● Running Time: TBA

Where did you watch this movie?

Durai’s best-known film is a low-life drama set among Madras’s shanty dwellers, people who in most films are cast as comic relief for their ‘Madras Tamil’ dialect or as villains. The teenage ragpicker Kuppamma (Shobha) and her father Muniyandi (Ganesh), a cycle- rickshawalla with many mouths to feed, are the main characters. She gets pregnant by a lorry driver (Vijayan) who turns out to be married, and dies in childbirth. Other vignettes include the owner of a cycle shop (Narayanan) who plays records to attract the attention of Kuppamma whenever she passes by, a narrative device that compensates for the absence of songs in the film. Spoken in genuine Madras Tamil and shot on location, at times with concealed cameras, the film has an authentic city flavour. Shobha, who committed suicide the following year, received a national award for her intense performance.

Cast: Delhi Ganesh, Shobha Menon, Vijayan

Crew: Durai (Director), V Ranga (Director of Photography), Shankar Ganesh (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1979 (India)

Tamil Name: பசி

Movie Rating
Based on 0 rating
Music Rating
Based on 0 rating
No reviews available. Click here to add a review.
as Muniyandi
as Kuppamma
as Truck Driver
Special Appearance
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress





Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1