Thillu Mullu (1981)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 24 mins

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Laden with laughs, this fast-paced social comedy follows the misadventures in the life of Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran, a hip graduate who gets a job through his family doctor. The employer, Sri Ramachandramurthy has some frivolous notions about character, moustache, patriotism, thrift, recreation, etc. Chandran changes himself as a Nehru-jacket wearing, boring person, with no interests other than studies. His plan goes for a toss when he lies about his (dead) mother's accident to watch a hockey match. Unbeknownst to him, his boss finds him having a fiesta in the stadium. To avoid losing his job, he creates a fictional wild and westernized twin Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Indran by removing his moustache on the advice of his actor friend Nagesh and becomes the music teacher for his equally wild daughter. Confusion and complications ensue when he has to recruit a small-time actress as his mother, and a kid who knows the proceedings starts blackmailing him. How will these chaotic circumstances culminate? Can there be a happy ending even after the truth is revealed?
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Cast: Madhavi Sharma, Rajinikanth

Crew: K Balachander (Director), BS Lokanath (Director of Photography), MS Viswanathan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 01 May 1981 (India)

Tamil Name: தில்லு முல்லு

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Did you know? This movie was Rajinikanth's first full-length comedy film. He agreed to it solely due to the strong suggestion by his mentor K. Balachandar that he should do non-commercial roles, to break the stereotyped action-hero mould for which he was known at the time. Read More
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as Sarojini
as Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyapperumal Chandran / Indran
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as Meenakshi Duraiswamy
as Sri Ramachandramurthy

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
01 
04:20
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: Malaysia Vasudevan
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01:35
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
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04:06
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
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04:46
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Lyricist: Kannadasan
Playback Singer: Uma Ramanan
Trivia:
This movie featured cameo appearances from Nagesh as himself, Kamal Hassan as Charu Hassan, actress Lakshmi as herself, and Prathap K. Pothan as himself.

This movie was Rajinikanth's first full-length comedy film. He agreed to it solely due to the strong suggestion by his mentor K. Balachandar that he should do non-commercial roles, to break the stereotyped action-hero mould for which he was known at the time.

Rajinikanth had to shave his moustache for this movie, making it the first film which featured him without a moustache.

This film received positive reviews from critics, and was a commercial success at the box office.

This movie is the Tamil remake of the Hindi comedy film Gol Maal (1979).
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Thillu Mullu (Tamil)