|Directed by||A. Jagannathan|
|Cinematography||B. S. Lokanath|
|Edited by||K. R. Krishnan|
|Distributed by||Sathya Movies|
|14 January 1987|
Kathal Parisu (English : Gift of Love) is a 1987 Tamil-language Indian film directed by A. Jagannathan, starring Kamal Haasan, Ambika and Radha in the lead role of the protagonist. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was superhit at the box office, though the soundtrack was a big hit. The film was dubbed into Hindi as "Tere Pyar Ki Kasam".
The movie starts with Mohan (Kamal) getting released from prison after serving a sentence on a rape charge. Malini (Ambika) and Chitra (Radha) are sisters and heirs to a wealthy business. Malini looks after the business after their parents died while Chitra is a student. Mohan meets Chitra and soon they fall in love, while Malini has sworn off all men. Janagaraj is their uncle who is after their wealth.
When Chitra brings Mohan home to meet her sister, Mohan and Malini have a big fight which ends is Malini forbidding Chitra from seeing Mohan. Malini then reveals the reason behind the fight. Years earlier, Mohan and Malini were classmates, Malini had a crush on him which Mohan never reciprocated. While on a class trip, Malini gives a note to Mohan that asks him to meet her in his room. Malini claims that, that night, Mohan entered her room and they had consensual sex, but Mohan denied it and refused to marry her. So she bought up rape charges against him and sent him to prison.
The truth comes out. During the class trip, Mohan never received the note which fell on kailash's brother, Anand, who was their classmate. Anand, lusting after Malini, uses this opportunity to enter Malini's room on the pretext of being Mohan and has sex with her. Since Anand disconnected the electricity in her room and the room was very dark, Malini didn't know the difference as she was drugged by Anand by mixing a pill in her softdrink at the party. Malini shoots Anand for his act and also herself as she cannot live the rest of her life with the Guilt. Mohan forgives Malini and Malini gives her daughter (sujitha) as her gift to Mohan and Chitra and dies in Mohan's arms.
- Kamal Haasan as Mohan
- Ambika as Malini
- Radha as Chitra
- Poornam Vishwanathan as Malini's father
- Rajkumar Sethupathi as Anand
- Jaishankar as Kailash
- Janagaraj as Malini's uncle
- Delhi Ganesh as Inspector
- Ravi Raghavendra as K. K. Bahadur
- Kovai Sarala
- Disco Shanti
- Baby Sujitha
The movie paired Ambika and her real-life sister Radha in roles of sisters on-screen. Nadia was first offered the role of the younger sister. She refused it and the role went to Radha. The sisters delivered stunning performances that are fondly remembered by a generation of fans. Ambika played a young, beautiful, strong, single woman with aplomb. In this role she plays a dominating business tycoon with a powerful personality. She portrays a controlling and protective older sister for younger Radha, while simultaneously demonstrating a highly glamorous and desirable personality herself. Very soon, in a flashback, she displays a totally different personality as a pretty and carefree college girl, switching between the two roles effortlessly.
The director does a beautiful job of selecting scenes that portray all the aspects of Ambika's varied persona in the movie, such as a scene that puts her in a corporate boss role, a scene that has her questioning her sister protectively, a scene that shows her caring side in a poor children's home and a scene that underscores her youth and physical beauty in the dressing room. Radha also looks her best in the movie, an actress at the height of her commercial success, totally confident and comfortable about pairing up with her more experienced sister. She refuses to be overshadowed by her elder sister and comes across as a distinct and talented actress. The movie is recorded to have been a hallmark in establishing the popularity of Ambika and Radha are referenced by various articles in the press. This is one movie where Kamal's role and performance pales in comparison to the collective power of an outstanding performance by two of the famous actresses in South India.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Hey Unnai Thaane Nee Endha"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:36|
|2.||"Jaathi Illai"||Gangai Amaran||Malaysia Vasudevan||4:23|
|3.||"Kaadhal Maharaani Kavidhai"||Muthulingam||S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki||4:28|
|4.||"Kanalukkul Meen Pidithen"||Na. Kamarasan||P. Susheela||4:33|
|5.||"Koo Koo Endru Kuyil Koovaadho"||Pulamaipithan||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:26|
|6.||"Puraakale Puraakale"||Pulamaipithan||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:11|