Priya (1978 film)

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Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story bySujatha
Produced byS. P. Tamilarasi
Major Sundarrajan
Thengai Srinivasan
Aznah Hamid
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
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 Indian multilingual film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Sridevi in the titular role along with Rajinikanth, Aznah Hamid, and Ambarish in supporting roles. It was made in Tamil and Kannada. The story is an adaptation from writer Sujatha's novels. The film was successful at the box office. It was dubbed and released in Hindi as Love in Singapore im 1983.


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. The song "Hey Paadal Ondru" is set in Kapi raga.[2][3]

Tamil version[4]
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[5]
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
Telugu version (Ajeyudu)[6]
1."Darling Darling"RajashriP. Susheela4:35
2."Nee Pedavula Lona.." S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:23


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.
  2. ^ Mani, Charulatha (7 December 2012). "Notes that intrigue". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Boney M. - Sunny (1976)". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Tamil movie songs". 5starmusiq.
  5. ^ "Priya (1978) - Ilaiyaraaja",
  6. ^ "ajEyuDu Film Songs". Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  7. ^ "High Five". The Hindu. 7 May 2016. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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