Samsaram Athu Minsaram (1986)

 ●  Tamil ● Running Time: TBA

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Visu’s caste-conscious urban middle-class family drama. Here he plays Ammaiyappa Mudaliar, a salaried employee with a wife, a daughter and three sons, making for four couples in a single household. The daughter, who aspires to a measure of freedom in her marriage, is contrasted with an obediently traditional daughter-in-law (Laxmi). The story approves of Christian-Hindu marriage, clearly features caste identities (e.g. the troubleshooter figure of the servant Kannamma, played brilliantly by Manorama) and refuses to hide reactionary family ideologies under a progressive cloak. Manorama, the legendary Tamil comedienne, had debuted in the 1950s and has reputedly done over a thousand Tamil films. This film was remade in Hindi as Sansar (T. Rama Rao, 1987) with Aruna Irani in the role. The major hit extended the AVM studio’s successes into the 80s.

Cast: Lakshmi Narayan, Visu

Crew: Visu (Director), N Balakrishnan (Director of Photography), Shankar Ganesh (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 18 Jul 1986 (India)

Tamil Name: சம்சாரம் அது மின்சாரம்

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as Uma, Chidabaram's wife
as Central Govt Clerk Ammaiyappan Mudaliar
as Vasantha's father
as Sarojini, daughter of Ammaiyappan Mudaliyar
as Godavari Ammaiyappan Mudaliar
as Kannamma, the maid
as the Matchmaker
as Peter Fernandes
as Chidambaran, the eldest son
Supporting Actor




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Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Playback Singer


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Ummadi Kutumbam (Telugu)