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Neeya poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDurai
Produced byGirija Pakkirisami,
K. S. Narasimhan
Written byP. Kalaimani
Story byRajendra Singh Aatish
StarringKamal Haasan
R. Muthuraman
Music bySankar Ganesh
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byM. Vellaisamy
Sri Chamundeswari
Release date
13 January 1979
Running time
136 Minutes

Neeya? (lit. You?) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language horror film, starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role and directed by Durai. It is a remake of the Hindi-language film Nagin,[1] itself inspired by François Truffaut's film The Bride Wore Black, based on Cornell Woolrich's novel of the same name.[2]

The male lead role was first offered to Rajinikanth, he turned down offer as he wanted to work on solo hero scripts, later Kamal Haasan took the role for his friendship with Sripriya, who was also the producer of the movie.

Neeya is followed by a sequel titled Neeya 2, which was released almost 40 years later on May 2019 and stars Jai, Catherine Tresa, Raai Laxmi and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead roles.

Neeya is about an Ichadhari snake (Sripriya), who avenges the death of her beloved (Chandramohan). Kamal Haasan plays a man who does research on snakes. The movie was a huge hit at the box office.


Kamal Haasan, along with his group of friends: Vijayakumar, Srikanth, Jaiganesh and Ravichandran go to a forest. Kamal is a researcher who studies the behaviour of snakes (Ichadhari), a kind of snake which takes humanoid form. One of his friend kills the beloved of the serpent, (Chandramohan) despite the intervention of Kamal. Initially, all the other friends ignore Kamal without knowing the seriousness of the issue. They all leave the village and the female serpent (Sripriya) vows to avenge the death of her beloved. She kills all the five friends of Kamal in disguise at some instance and at the end, she disguises as Latha (Kamal's love interest) in order to kill him. In the end, Sripriya is killed and Kamal reunites with Latha and the child of Srikanth.



Music was composed by Sankar-Ganesh. Lyrics were written by Kannadasan and Vaali.[3]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1 "Ore Jeevan" Kannadasan Vani Jairam, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:45
2 "Naan Kattil Mele" Vaali S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela Vaali 4:26
3 "Unnai Ethanai" Pualamaipithan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela 4:47
4 "Oru Kodi" Alangudi Somu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:56
5 "Ore Jeevan" (Pathos) Kannadasan Vani Jairam ---


Ananda Vikatan rated the film 50 out of 100.[4]


  1. ^ "நாகின் படத்தைப் பார்த்துவிட்டு ஸ்ரீபிரியா தயாரித்த படம் நீயா". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 23 January 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ ", Movies: Sex and Suspense: Antonio and Angelina".
  3. ^ "Neeya Songs – Tamil Movie Songs –".
  4. ^ "சினிமா விமர்சனம்: நீயா" [Movie Review: Neeya]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 28 January 1979.

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