Priya (1978 film)

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Priya 1978.jpg
Theatrical release poster in Tamil
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story bySujatha
Produced byS. P. Tamilarasi
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
S. P. T Films
Release dates
  • 22 December 1978 (1978-12-22) (Tamil)
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12) (Kannada)
Running time
148 minutes (Tamil)

Priya is a 1978 Indian thriller film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Sridevi in the title role along with Rajinikanth, Aznah Hamid, and Ambareesh.[1] It was simultaneously made in Tamil and Kannada languages.[2] The story is an adaptation of writer Sujatha's novels. The Tamil version was released on 22 December 1978, and the Kannada version on 12 January 1979.[3] It was dubbed and released in Telugu as Ajeyudu which released on 10 March 1979 and was also dubbed in Hindi as Love in Singapore in 1983.[4] The soundtrack of this film is recorded using Dolby Stereophonic technology for the first time in Tamil cinema. It was Sridevi's first and only Kannada film as a lead actress.[5][6]


Priya is a movie star who is exploited by her producer Janardhan. Janardhan has such a tight control over Priya's financial and personal affairs that he refuses to let her marry her boyfriend Bharat. Before she flies off to Singapore for a film shoot, Priya seeks the help of lawyer Ganesh to get rid of Janardhan. How Ganesh helps Priya overcome her problems accounts for the rest of the film, which includes a side story of Ganesh falling in love with a Malay-Indian girl named Subadhra.



The film was shot in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.[8]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[9] It was recorded using Dolby Stereophonic technology for the first time in Tamil cinema.[10] The "Akarai Cheemai Azhaginile" song's pallavi is based on the song "Kites" by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound.[11] The song "Hey Paadal Ondru" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Kapi.[12]

All lyrics are written by Panchu Arunachalam.

Tamil track list[13]
1."Ye Paadal Ondru"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:32
2."Akarai Cheemai Azhaginile"K. J. Yesudas4:21
3."Darling Darling"P. Susheela4:39
4."En Uyir Nee Thaane"K. J. Yesudas, Jency Anthony4:51
5."Sri Ramanin Sri Deviye"K. J. Yesudas4:02
Total length:22:25
Kannada track list[14]
1."Kavithe Neenu"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:32
2."Sagaradacheya"K. J. Yesudas4:21
3."Darling Darling"S. Janaki4:39
4."Nannali Neenagi"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:51
5."Thangaaliye"K. J. Yesudas4:02
Total length:22:25

All lyrics are written by Rajasri.

Telugu track list
1."Darling Darling"P. Susheela4:35
2."Sree Raamuni Sreedevive"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:02
3."Nee Pedavula Lona"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:23
4."Chakkani Prakruthi Andaalu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Chorus4:21
Total length:17:21


The footage of the famous car chase sequence from the Steve McQueen film Bullitt was edited and spliced into the climax scene of this film; however, the allegations that ensued was that it was done so without permission.[15]


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  2. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 34.
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  5. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 39.
  6. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 259.
  7. ^ a b c d Ramachandran 2014, p. 88.
  8. ^ a b Ramachandran 2014, p. 87.
  9. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja – Priya (45-RPM)". MusicCircle. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  10. ^ "'பிரியா' படத்தில் இளையராஜா இசை: இந்தி இசை அமைப்பாளர் சலீல் சவுத்ரி பாராட்டு". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 30 March 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  11. ^ Shekar, Anjana (5 March 2021). "Tamil film music and plagiarism: What fans feel about recurring issue". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  12. ^ Mani, Charulatha (7 December 2012). "Notes that intrigue". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
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  14. ^ "Priya (Kannada)". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  15. ^ "High Five". The Hindu. 7 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2 March 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2020.


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