|Directed by||A. Jagannathan|
|Produced by||G. Thyagarajan
|Written by||R. M. Veerapan
A. L. Narayanan (dialogues)
|Cinematography||B. S. Loknath|
|Edited by||K. R. Krishnan|
|Distributed by||Sathya Movies|
|14 January 1987|
Kathal Parisu is a 1987 Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role of the protagonist. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film did below average business at the box office, though the soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja was a big hit.
The movie starts with Kamal getting released from prison after serving a sentence on a rape charge. Ambika and Radha are sisters and heirs to a wealthy business. Ambika looks after the business after their parents died while Radha is a student. Kamal meets Radha and soon they fall in love while Ambika has sworn off all men. Jaishankar is their uncle who is after their wealth.
When Radha brings Kamal home to meet her sister, Kamal and Ambika have a big fight which ends is Ambika forbidding Radha from seeing Kamal. Ambika then reveals the reason behind the fight. Years earlier, Kamal and Ambika were classmates: Ambika had a crush on him which Kamal never reciprocated. While on a class trip, Ambika gives a note to Kamal that asks him to meet her in his room. Ambika claims that, that night, Kamal entered her room and they had consensual sex, but Kamal denied it and refused to marry her. So she bought up rape charges against him and sent him to prison.
The truth comes out. During the class trip, Kamal never received the note which fell on Jaishankar’s son, Raj Kumar, who was their classmate. Raj, lusting after Ambika, uses this opportunity to enter Ambika’s room on the pretext of being Kamal and has sex with her. Since Raj disconnected electricity in her room and the room was very dark, Ambika didn’t know the difference.
Kamal forgives Ambika and gets back with Radha while the bad guys are punished.
- Kamal Haasan as Mohan
- Ambika as Malini
- Radha as Chitra
- Rajkumar Sethupathi
- Jaishankar as Kailash
- Janagaraj as Malini's uncle
- Delhi Ganesh as Inspector
- Kovai Sarala
- Disco Shanti
- Baby Sujitha
The movie paired Ambika and her real-life sister Radha in roles of sisters on-screen. Nadia was first offered the role of the younger sister. She refused it and the role went to Radha. The sisters delivered stunning performances that are fondly remembered by a generation of fans. Ambika played the role of a young, beautiful, strong, single woman with aplomb. In this role she plays a dominating business tycoon with a powerful personality. She portrays a controlling and protective older sister for younger Radha, while simultaneously demonstrating a highly glamorous and desirable personality herself. Very soon, in a flashback, she displays a totally different personality as a pretty and carefree college girl, switching between the two roles effortlessly.
The director does a beautiful job of selecting scenes that portray all the aspects of Ambika's varied persona in the movie, such as a scene that puts her in a corporate boss role, a scene that has her questioning her sister protectively, a scene that shows her caring side in a poor children's home and a scene that underscores her youth and physical beauty in the dressing room. Radha also looks her best in the movie, an actress at the height of her commercial success, totally confident and comfortable about pairing up with her more experienced sister. She refuses to be overshadowed by her elder sister and comes across as a distinct and talented actress. The movie is recorded to have been a hallmark in establishing the popularity of Ambika and Radha are referenced by various articles in the press.  This is one movie where Kamal's role and performance pales in comparison to the collective power of an outstanding performance by two of the greatest and most beautiful actresses in South India.
|1.||Hey Unnaithaane Nee Endha||S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Vairamuthu||4:36|
|2.||Jaadhi Illai||Malaysia Vasudevan||Gangai Amaran||4:23|
|3.||Kaadhal Maharaani Kavidhai||S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Muthulingham||4:28|
|4.||*Kaanalukkul Meen Pidithen||P. Susheela||Na. Kamarasan||4:33|
|5.||Koo Koo Endru Kuyil Koovaadho||S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Pulamaipithan||4:26|
|6.||Puraakale Puraakale||S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:11|