Kannamma is a bright young woman whose father, Murugan is employed by Ramalingam, a wealthy landowner (zamindar). Ramalingam encourages Murugan to send his daughter to the city for schooling, which he does.
When Kannamma returns to their town, Kalathur has an educated woman, Ramalingam's son Raja falls in love with her and secretly marries her. However, he soon goes abroad for higher studies, leaving Kannamma to deal with pregnancy without any publicly legitimised relationship. Ramalingam, ashamed by Raja's secret wedding, rejects Kannamma and orders her to never speak of their relationship.
Kannamma agrees and goes back to her father, Murugan. Ashamed by his daughter's illegitimate child, Murugan leaves her newborn son in an orphanage and tells her that it was stillborn. What will happen when Raja returns from his studies? Will he accept Kannamma and try to reunite his family or add to her rejection and woes? How will their son's future unfold?
Did you know?
There are two versions regarding Kamal Hassan's entry into this film: One version has it that, as a little boy, he accompanied a doctor who went to treat an ill woman at the home of "movie mogul" AV Meyyappa Chettiar. On hearing loud shouting from a first-floor tenant of the bungalow, the doctor became uneasy. The young Kamal Haasan strode up the stairway to ask the noisemaker not to shout over the phone as someone was ill, leaving the person astonished. An impressed Meyyappa Chettiar later provided him an entry into films. However, the more accepted version states that when young boy Kamal Haasan accompanied a family doctor of Meyyappa Chettiar to his house, producer AVM Saravanan noticed Kamal as a hyperactive child. He took him over and introduced to AV Meyyappa Chettiar who was looking for a young boy to play a role in the film "Kalathur Kannamma". Read More