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Promotional poster of the film
|Directed by||K. Balachander|
|Written by||K. Balachander|
|Music by||V. Kumar|
|Release dates||2 February 1973|
Arangetram is a 1973 Tamil-language family drama film directed by K. Balachander, starring Prameela, Sivakumar, Kamal Haasan, Jayachitra and Jayasudha in prominent roles. It marked the first appearance of Kamal Haasan and Jayasudha as adult actors.
The film is a social drama which carried hard hitting messages and very bold scenes. The movie primarily dealt with the issue of poverty.
The lead character of the movie is the eldest daughter Lalitha, of a pious and conservative Brahmin family. She has eight siblings and poverty rules reign. She decides to take up the family mantle and goes to work. Due to family needs and ill fate, she ends up as a prostitute but manages to settle all her brothers and sisters. Her family ditches her when they come to know about her dark side. Sivakumar, a man who was once rejected by her marries her at the end.
- Prameela as Lalitha
- Sivakumar as Thangavelu
- Kamal Haasan as Thyagu
- S. V. Subbaiah
- M. N. Rajam
- Lakshmi Narayanas Herself
Balachander remade this film in Hindi as Aaina with Mumtaz playing the lead supported by Rajesh Khanna and Kamal Hassan. This was Kamal Haasan's debut Hindi film. Later he was launched as a hero with Ek Duuje Ke Liye by K. Balachander