Kadal Meengal

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Kadal Meengal
Kadal Meengal.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byG. N. Rangarajan
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story byT. Damodaran
Produced byR. Shantha
CinematographyN. K. Viswanathan
Edited byK. R. Ramalingam
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 5 June 1981 (1981-06-05)
Running time
137 minutes

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,[1] and also draws inspiration from the Hindi film Trishul (1978).[2] The film revolves around a man seeking revenge on his father for abandoning the former's mother. It was released on 5 June 1981.[3]


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.



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.[5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Kannadasan, Panchu Arunachalam and Gangai Amaran.[6][7]

Track listing
1."Madini Madini"Gangai AmaranP. Susheela, Malaysia Vasudevan & Chorus 
2."Thaalattudhe Vaanam"KannadasanP. Jayachandran, S. Janaki 
3."Endrendrum Anandhame"Panchu ArunachalamMalaysia Vasudevan 
4."Kalai Maane"KannadasanP. 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.[8]


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  2. ^ Iyengar, Shriram (5 May 2018). "40 years of Trishul: Revisiting two Tamil remakes of Yash Chopra's classic drama". Cinestaan. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Kadal Meengal (1981)". Screen4Screen. Archived from the original on 31 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  4. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (9 April 2011). "We will miss you, Sujatha". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  5. ^ "மேக்அப் - கலை". Kalki (in Tamil). 2 August 1981. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Kadal Meengal Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 26 January 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Kadal Meengal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. 5 June 1981. Archived from the original on 25 March 2023. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  8. ^ சிந்து; ஜீவா (28 June 1981). "கடல் மீன்கள்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 19. Archived from the original on 25 March 2023. Retrieved 25 March 2023.

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