|Directed by||G. N. Rangarajan|
|Screenplay by||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Story by||T. Damodaran|
|Produced by||R. Shantha|
|Cinematography||N. K. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||K. R. Ramalingam|
Kadal Meengal (transl. Sea Fishes) is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language masala film directed by G. N. Rangarajan, starring Kamal Haasan, Sujatha, Nagesh and Swapna. It is a remake of the 1980 Malayalam film Meen, and also draws inspiration from the Hindi film Trishul (1978). The film revolves around a man seeking revenge on his father for abandoning the former's mother. It was released on 5 June 1981.
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Selvanayakam alias is a poor but hard-working fisherman who is in love with Bhagyam from the same fishing hamlet. After a tiff with the locals, Selvam moves to a neighbouring village for fishing and is feared dead during a cyclone. Selvam returns alive after a while and unable to find Bhagyam, marries another woman. Bhagyam has borne his child but lives in isolation away from the life of Selvam who has grown to be a rich businessman. After several years, Bhagyam's son Rajan finds out about his father whom he despises for having deserted his mother. He vengefully joins his father's rivals and enters into a long confrontation with his father in business and in personal life as well.
- Kamal Haasan as Selvanayakam and Rajan (dual role)
- Sujatha as Bhagyam
- Nagesh as Peter
- Swapna as Nisha
- Ambika as Selvanayakam's daughter
- Suman as Sekhar
- K. A. Thangavelu as Mudhaliyar
- Sangili Murugan as Dhanakodi
- Thengai Srinivasan as Sivaanandham
- Sukumari as Annaporani
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Ravi
- G. Srinivasan as Nachimuthu
- K. Kannan as Vadivelu
- V. Gopalakrishnan
- A. R. Srinivasan
- Pandu as Vadivelu's colleague
The makeup for old look of Kamal Haasan was done by R. Sundaramoorthy who revealed the look is inspired from an character from the film Babylon.
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Kannadasan, Panchu Arunachalam and Gangai Amaran.
|1.||"Madini Madini"||Gangai Amaran||P. Susheela, Malaysia Vasudevan & Chorus|
|2.||"Thaalattudhe Vaanam"||Kannadasan||P. Jayachandran, S. Janaki|
|3.||"Endrendrum Anandhame"||Panchu Arunachalam||Malaysia Vasudevan|
|4.||"Kalai Maane"||Kannadasan||P. Susheela|
Sindhu-Jeeva of Kalki praised Kamal Haasan's acting, Viswanathan's cinematography, Ilayaraja's music but felt unit who worked a lot in the idea of taking gold and making jewellery not realising it is just clay and concluded Meen (fish) in Malayalam, Karuvadu (dried fish) in Tamil.
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