|Directed by||K. Bhagyaraj|
|Written by||K. Bhagyaraj|
|Edited by||A. Selvanathan|
|Distributed by||AVM Productions|
|22 July 1983|
Mundhanai Mudichu (English: Saree Knot) is a 1983 Tamil comedy drama film directed and acted by K. Bhagyaraj, along with Urvashi in the lead roles. The movie marked the debut of Urvashi in Tamil cinema.
It was remade in Telugu as Moodu Mullu with Chandramohan and Radhika and the original was dubbed in Telugu as Vaadante Pelli. The film was an industry hit and was remade in Hindi as Masterji in the year 1985 with Rajesh Khanna and Sridevi in lead roles. It was also remade in Kannada as Halli Meshtru, with Ravichandran.
Made at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, it netted Rs. 4 crore, setting a new southern box office record at that time. It was the first film to run for 25 weeks in four Madras theatres and 10 other centres all over the south. It was also the first Tamil film to celebrate its silver jubilee in Trivandrum. Its Hindi remake rights were sold for Rs 5 lakh, the highest ever paid for a remake rights of a Tamil movie at that time.
Parimala (Urvasi) is a mischievous nubile lady who perennially plays pranks on unsuspecting villagers, aided by her gang of preteen children. These often end her and the gang in the panchayat. A widower (K. Bhagyaraj) enters the village with his infant child (Sujitha) to take up the vacant teacher's post in the local school and is immediately pranked by Parimala's gang upon his arrival. Parimala's playful nature transforms into love when she learns that he's a widower. She tries many ways to win the teacher's heart, but fails every time. The teacher believes that a stepmother could not care for his child. As a desperate measure to attain him, Parimala falsely accuses the teacher of molesting her. She even swears upon the teacher's child's life to prove her case at the panchayat. The teacher is then forced to marry her against his wishes. However, he vows never to touch Parimala and to remain forever in celibacy. Parimala relentlessly tries to seduce him by various methods. All her advances are ignored by the husband. Faced with the prospect of never attaining her husband's love, Parimala decides to take the drastic measure of going through a tubal ligation procedure. With this she hopes that her husband will understand that she would never ill treat his son as a stepmother. Shocked upon hearing of Parimala's decision, the husband rushes to the hospital to prevent her from undergoing the procedure. He reaches the hospital to find Parimala unconscious on the bed and assumes she has already undergone treatment. However, the doctor assures him that she has not been operated as he found Parimala to be a virgin and realized that she must have wanted the operation under duress. The story ends with the couple happily united and in the process of planning for another child.
- K. Bhagyaraj as School Vaathiyar
- Urvashi as Parimalam (Voice dubbed by Durga)
- Poornima Bhagyaraj as Bhagyaraj's First Wife (Guest Appearance)
- Sujitha as Bhagyaraj's Child
- Thavakkalai as Thavakkalai
- Deepa Unnimary as Pattu School Teacher
- Kovai Sarala as Arukkani
- K. K. Sounder as Parimalam's Father
- Kovai Senthil as Poosari
- Bayilvan Ranganathan as Vaithiyar
- "Pasi" Sathiya
- Master Sooriya Kiran
The film was made at a cost of ₹30 lakh (equivalent to ₹3.8 crore or US$550,000 in 2018). AVM Saravanan said Bhagyaraj "took two months to write the script. He had everything planned out to the last-minute costume change." After the film was completed, Bhagyaraj locked himself with his editor and "with a staple gun and a pair of scissors he stitched all this material together".
Urvashi started her career with Thodarum Uravu, but Mundhanai Mudichu became her first release. Originally, her sister Kalpana was chosen for the film. Bhagyaraj spotted Urvashi, who accompanied Kalpana and chose her to be the heroine of the film. Kovai Sarala acted as pregnant lady when she was in class X.
|1||"Andhi Varum Neram"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Gangai Amaran|
|2||"Chinnanjiru Kiliye"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Muthulingham|
|3||"Kanna Thorakanum"||S. Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan||Gangai Amaran|
|4||"Naan Pudicha Mappilae"||S. Janaki, S. P. Sailaja||Pulamaipithan|
|5||"Vaa Vaa Vaathiyare"||S. P. Sailaja, Malaysia Vasudevan||Gangai Amaran|
|6||"Velakku Vetcha"||Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki||Na. Kamarasan|
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