Priya (1978 film)

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Produced byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story bySujatha
Major Sundarrajan
Thengai Srinivasan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
S. P. T Films
Release date
  • 22 December 1978 (1978-12-22)
  • 12 January 1979 (1979-01-12)
Running time
148 mins (Tamil)
Box office17 lakh

Priya is a 1978 film, made in Tamil and Kannada, directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Sridevi in the titular role along with Rajinikanth, Aznah Hamid, and Ambarish in supporting roles. Priya is a beautiful girl whose boyfriend is Sumant Raja . The story is an adaptation from writer Sujatha's Ganesh - Vasanth novels. The film was successful at the box office.


Priya (Sridevi) is a movie star who is exploited by her producer Janardhan / K. Ashwath (Major Sundarrajan / K. S. Ashwath). Janardhan has such a tight control over Priya's financial and personal affairs that he refuses to let her marry her boyfriend Bharat (Ambarish). Before she flies off to Singapore for a film shoot, Priya seeks the help of Lawyer Ganesh (Rajinikanth) to get rid of Janardhan. How Ganesh helps Priya overcome her problems accounts for the rest of this movie, which includes a side story of Ganesh falling in love with a Malay-Indian girl named Subathra (Aznah Hamid). The original story written by Sujatha was based in London setting with the Scotland Yard playing a central role, but the film adaptation chose Singapore and Malaysia as the backdrop and the police force is left out.



The soundtrack features five songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja being his 50th film, with lyrics by Panju Arunachalam.

The soundtrack of this film is recorded using stereophonic technology for the first time in Tamil cinema.[1] "Akarai Cheemai" song's Pallavi is based on the song "Kites" by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound.[2] The song "Hey Paadal Ondru" is set in Kapi raga.[3] "Darling Darling" song was inspired by Boney M.'s "Sunny (1976)".[4]

Tamil version[5]
1."Ye Paadal Ondru"Panchu ArunachalamK. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:32
2."Akarai Cheemai"Panchu ArunachalamK. J. Yesudas4:21
3."Darling Darling"Panchu ArunachalamP. Susheela4:39
4."En Uyir Nee Thaane"Panchu ArunachalamK. J. Yesudas, Jency Anthony4:51
5."Sri Ramanin"Panchu ArunachalamK. J. Yesudas4:02
Kannada version[6]
1."Kavithe Neenu"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:32
2."Sagara Dacheya"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


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.[7]


  1. ^ "'பிரியா' படத்தில் இளையராஜா இசை: இந்தி இசை அமைப்பாளர் சலீல் சவுத்ரி பாராட்டு -- Priya in the film Music Music". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
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