Oru Kaidhiyin Diary

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Oru Kaidhiyin Diary
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary poster.jpg
Directed by P. Bharathiraja
Produced by Chandraleela Bharathiraja
Written by K. Bhagyaraj
Screenplay by P. Bharathiraja
Story by K. Bhagyaraj
Starring Kamal Haasan
Malaysia Vasudevan
Vinu Chakravarthy
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography B. Kannan
Edited by V. Rajagopal
Janani Art Creations
Distributed by Janani Art Creations
Release dates
14 January 1985
Running time
152 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Oru Kaidhiyin Diary (English: A Prisoner's Diary) is a 1985 Tamil-language Indian feature film directed by Bharathiraaja, starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role of the protagonist. The movie was a huge success at the box office.


David gets released from prison after 22 long years and visits his dear friend Velapan. The flashback shows that David and Rosy were married and had a happy life. David is politically active in the grassroots movement and introduces his wife and newborn son to the leader of his party, the powerful politician Suryaprakasam, whom David trusted and had a high regard. The child is named James with Suryaprakasam's blessings. However, Suryaprakasam is an evil man and was smitten by Rosy, when he saw her. He concocts a plan; he organizes a political protest with David as the leader, knowing David will get arrested; thereby allowing him access to Rosy.

Suryaprakasam succeeds in his plan. Rosy then comes to him for help in getting David released, and Suryaprakasam rapes her violently with his henchmen's help. Shamed and humiliated, Rosy then commits suicide and leaves her husband a handwritten note with the details. Velapan bails out David. David who is proud to have gone to jail for Suryaprakasam's protest, comes home singing his praises until he sees Rosy hanging dead and reads her note. Upset, David confronts Suryaprakasam at his birthday function and makes a scene. Inspector Viswanathan and Dr. Unnikrishnan pretend to help David, but are actually Suryaprakasam's friends and they destroy Rosy's note, thereby the entire evidence of the crime.

The trio then frame David for Rosy's murder and easily win the case and David gets sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his wife. He leaves his only son with his close friend Velappan, who promises to raise David's son as a hardened thug, who will help David avenge Rosy's humiliation and death, and David's wrongful imprisonment.

Upon release from prison, David sees that Velapan is a changed man, no longer engages in questionable activities, educated David's son and raised him in a righteous way. David's son James is now called "Shankar" and is a well-respected and courageous police inspector. David is upset at this news, knows he cannot count on Velapan and his own son, and vows his revenge against the trio who framed him by himself, without anyone's help.

David comes to a church to confess his plan; he says to the priest that, he would kill 3 people, without naming them. The priest informs this to the police, who try in vain to capture David. David starts his revenge by killing the now Superintendent Viswanathan methodically and escapes by fooling Inspector Shankar. He then kills Dr. Unnikrishnan despite strong police protection and escapes. David is supported by Sharadha, the love of Shankar. The climax shows David killing his last target, Suryaprakasam, and how Shankar has to do his duty of shooting his father.



The makeup for Kamal Haasan was provided by Michael Westmore.[1]


The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2]

Oru Kaidhiyin Diary
Film score by Illayaraja
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 17:36
Label Echo
No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 ABC Nee Vasi K. J. Yesudas, Vani Jairam Vairamuthu 04:01
2 Ithu Rosa Poovu Gangai Amaran, Vani Jairam 04:30
3 Naan Thaan Sooran S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:31
4 Ponmane Kovam Yeno Unni Menon, Uma Ramanan 04:34


Oru Kaidhiyin Diary has been remade in Bollywood as Aakhree Rasta (1986), directed by K. Bhagyaraj starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Jayapradha, Anupam Kher. The Hindi version was highly successful too.[3]


External links[edit]

Oru Kaidhiyin Diary at the Internet Movie Database