Swati Mutyam

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Swati Mutyam
Swathi muthyam.jpg
Directed by K. Viswanath
Produced by Edida Nageshwara Rao
Written by K. Viswanath
Sainath (dialogues )
Starring Kamal Haasan
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography M. V. Raghu
Release date(s)
  • 27 March 1986 (1986-03-27) (India)
Country India
Language Telugu

Swati Mutyam (Telugu: స్వాతిముత్యం; English: Pearl) was a 1986 Telugu Film written and directed by K. Viswanath. The film stars Kamal Haasan and Raadhika in the lead roles. The movie won accolades at Asia Pacific Film Festival in both "Best Film" and "Best Actor" categories.[1] The movie was later dubbed into Tamil as "Sippikul Muthu". Upon its success, the movie was later remade in Hindi as Eeshwar and in Kannada as Swathi Muthu.

The movie is about an autistic person who defies existing social customs and traditions for a good cause. The movie was sent by India as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 1986.[2] The film was a musical blockbuster with soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja including a Harikatha disposition. The film had a silver jubilee run in all major centers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


Kamal Haasan plays the role of Sivayya, an autistic person, living in a village with his grandmother (Nirmalamma). All he is good at is obeying what his trusted grandmother says. In an attempt to do good to Lalitha (Raadhika), a destitute young widow with a 5-year old son, the simpleton Sivayya marries her during an auspicious village festival.

The villagers are shocked and try to harm him as his act goes against traditional societal norms. In the meantime, Sivayya's beloved grandmother dies. Lalitha wants to save her new husband's life and so moves with him and her son to a city in search of better prospects. With support from a few of their acquaintances, the family of three settle down.

Life for them, thereafter, looks good and promising. Lalitha begins to appreciate Sivayya's innocence and warmth. She grows closer to him and eventually bears him a son. Years pass, the children grow up, and then Lalitha breathes her last. Sivayya lives with her memories for a long time. At the end, he is seen leaving his old house in the company of his children and grandchildren, carrying with him a tulsi plant which symbolizes his memories of Lalitha.





Year Film Language Cast
1989 Eeshwar Hindi Anil Kapoor, Vijayshanti
2003 Swathi Muthu Kannada Sudeep, Meena


Year Recipient Award Result
1986 Kasinathuni Viswanath National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu Won
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Swarna (Golden) Nandi Won
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu Won
Kamal Haasan Nandi Award for Best Actor Won


Swati Mutyam
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1985
Language Telugu
Producer Edida Nageshwara Rao

All music composed by Ilayaraja.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Chinnari Ponnari Kittayya!"   Atreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
2. "Dharmam Sharanam Gacchaami"   Atreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
3. "Laali Laali"   Dr. C. Narayana Reddy P. Susheela  
4. "Manasu Palike"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
5. "Pattuseera Testanani"   Atreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
6. "Raama, Kanavemiraa!" (harikatha) Atreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S.P. Sailaja  
7. "Suvvi Suvvi!"   Dr. C. Narayana Reddy S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  


  1. ^ "Kamal Haasan". Bharatwaves.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ TNN Mar 29, 2012, 05.20PM IST (2012-03-29). "K Viswanath’s film at the Oscars - Times Of India" (Press release). Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 

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