Priya (film)

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Directed by SP. Muthuraman
Produced by S. P. Thamizharasi
Written by Sujatha
Panchu Arunachalam
Starring Rajinikanth
Singapore Asha
Major Sundarrajan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Babu
Edited by R. Vittal
Release date(s) 19 December 1978
Running time 192 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office INR17 lakh

Priya (பிரியா) is a 1978 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth, Sridevi and Ambarish. The story is an adaptation from writer Sujatha's Ganesh - Vasanth novels. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office.


Priya (Sridevi) is a movie star, who is exploited by her producer Janardhan (Major Sundarrajan). Janardhan has such a tight control over Priya's financial and personal affairs that he even refuses to let her get married to her boyfriend Bharat (Ambarish).

Just before she flies off to Singapore (which actually was shot in Malaysia and Singapore) for a film shoot, Priya seeks the help of Lawyer Ganesh (Rajnikant) to assist her in getting rid of Janardhan.

How Ganesh helps Priya overcome her problems accounts for the rest of this movie, which includes a side story of Ganesh falling in love with a Malay-Indian girl.

The original story written by Sujatha was based in London setting with the Scotland Yard playing a central role. But the film adaptation chose a Singapore backdrop and no role for the police force.


The soundtrack features five songs composed by Ilayaraja, with lyrics by Panju Arunachalam.

The soundtracks of this film is recorded using Stereophonic technology for first time in Tamil cinema.[1]


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