Salangai Oli (1983)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 40 mins

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Artistic and authentic, this evocative romantic drama follows the fluctuating fortunes in the life of Balakrishna (Kamal), a brilliant and passionate dancer from an impoverished background, he is, adept at Bharata Natyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi etc.. and his dream is to perform at an All-India level competition. Madhavi (Jayaprada) is a beautiful woman from an extremely wealthy background, who is also a dancer. She is so impressed and attracted by his immense talent, that she tries her best to uplift him and provide him with new and better opportunities to showcase his talent. Just as he's about to leave on a train, to realise his dream, his ageing mother passes away and he ends up sacrificing his ambitions and desires of a bright future. Slowly, he gets closer to Madhavi and the day he wishes to propose to her, he realises that she is already married and her husband left her. Now the husband wants to re-unite with her which forces him to sacrifice his love. Years pass by and he turns into an impoverished alcoholic. Meanwhile Madhavi loses her husband. She comes to know that Balakrishna is suffering from the effects of years of alcoholism, and is terminally ill. So she takes care of his medical needs, gives him a place to stay, and wishes that he teach her now adult daughter the intricacies of traditional dance. Will the ailing Balakrishna find a new reason to live and immerse himself in his beloved art form once more? Will Madhavi's daughter accept an unknown, ailing alcoholic as her master?
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Cast: Jayapradha, Kamal Haasan

Crew: K Vishwanath (Director), PS Nivas (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 31 May 1983 (India)

Tamil Name: சலங்கை ஒலி

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Did you know? This movie won National Awards for Best Music Direction (Ilayaraja), and Best Male Playback Singer (S. P. Balasubramaniam). Read More
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as Madhavi
as Balakrishna/Balu
Supporting Actor
as Teen Photographer
as Dance Assistant
as Classical Dancer
as Madhavi's Servant
as Balu's Uncle
as Ragupathy

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Associate Director

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, SP Sailaja
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, SP Sailaja
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: S Janaki
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, SP Sailaja
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, S Janaki
Trivia:
This movie won three Filmfare South–Telugu Awards. These were for Best Director (K. Vishwanath), Best Actress (Jayaprada), and Best Actor (Kamal Haasan).

This movie won National Awards for Best Music Direction (Ilayaraja), and Best Male Playback Singer (S. P. Balasubramaniam).

Classical dancer, Manju Bhargavi made a cameo appearance in this movie.

This film was showcased at the International Film Festival of India and received international critical acclaim, especially at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.

The original Telugu movie was also dubbed into Malayalam. Kamal Haasan, who is proficient in all these languages lent his voice for all three versions.

This movie is the dubbed version of the blockbuster Telugu movie Sagara Sangamam (1983).
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed from: Sagara Sangamam (Telugu)