|Ore Oru Gramathiley|
|Directed by||K. Jyothi Pandian|
|Based on||Gandhi Gramam|
|Produced by||S. Rangarajan|
|Edited by||T. K. Rajan|
Ore Oru Gramathiley (transl. Once upon a time in a village) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by K. Jyothi Pandian. The film stars Lakshmi and Nizhalgal Ravi. Based on the play Gandhi Gramam (transl. Gandhi Village) by Vaali, it revolves around a collector who manipulates her caste certificate to get a government job.
The film became controversial for criticising caste based reservations, but was later cleared for release by the Supreme Court of India following changes in the climax, and won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.
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- Lakshmi as Gayathri/Karuppayi
- Nizhalgal Ravi
- Poornam Viswanathan as Shankara Sastri
- V. K. Ramasamy
- Vinu Chakravarthy
- Delhi Ganesh
- Kamala Kamesh
|"Rettaikiligal"||K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra|
|"Padichu Ennatha"||Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Sailaja|
|"Ore Oru Gramathiley"||Malaysia Vasudevan|
|"Ola Kudisaiyile"||S. Janaki|
|"Jaathi Ennada"||Malaysia Vasudevan|
|"Nallathor Veenai"||K. S. Chithra||Bharathiyar|
Ore Oru Gramathiley was initially banned for criticising caste based reservations. The Supreme Court of India later allowed its release, after the producer agreed to make changes in the climax. After it won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, a writ plea to have the award nullified was made in the High Court. The plaintiff argued that the conferment of the award should be deemed "illegal" since the film was screened for the jury even before the ban was lifted by the Supreme Court. Ultimately, his efforts were fruitless.
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