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Sankarlal poster.jpg
Tamil poster
Directed byT. N. Balu
N. K. Viswanathan
Written byT. N. Balu
Produced byT. N. Balu
CinematographyN. K. Viswanathan
Edited byV. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Gangai Amaran
Balu Cine Arts
Release dates
  • 15 August 1981 (1981-08-15) (Tamil)
  • 6 February 1982 (1982-02-06) (Telugu)[1]

Sankarlal is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language action film, written, directed and produced by T. N. Balu. It stars Kamal Haasan in dual lead roles as father and son. Balu died half-way during production, and the film was eventually completed with N. K. Viswanathan as director.[2] The film was simultaneously shot in Telugu-language as Andagaadu (transl. Handsome) with Allu Rama Lingaiah and Rao Gopal Rao.


The film begins with an ordinary man Dharmalingam vacationing in Ooty with his family where he is framed for murder by a criminal Chelladurai. Dharmalingam is jailed while his wife, son Mohan and daughter Seetha all end up split from each other. After several years, the vengeful Dharmalingam returns to confront Chelladurai as the secretive Sankarlal and also desperately is on the lookout for his lost family. Chelladurai has meanwhile kidnapped a girl named Hema for ransom and Mohan is deputed by Hema's father to rescue her. This results in Dharmalingam and Mohan locking horns in their fight against their common enemy Chelladurai.



Sripriya was considered for the leading female role, before Sridevi was finalised.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja (only Elankiliyae) and Gangai Amaran.

Tamil version[5][6]
Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Elankiliyae innum Vilangaliye" Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan 04:33
"Ada Vaada Kannu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan 04:24
"Kasturi Maan ondru" Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan Pulamaipithan 04:36
"Thedinen" Malaysia Vasudevan Gangai Amaran 04:24
"Unmai yendrum vellum" Vani Jairam Panchu Arunachalam 04:13
"Paathikkallil"(This song not in movie) Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan, Kamal Haasan Pulamaipithan 04:27


  1. ^ "Andagaadu" (PDF). Andhra Patrika. 6 February 1982. p. 8. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 July 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Grillmill". The Hindu. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2022. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  3. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (13 November 2010). "Grill Mill: P. R. Varalakshmi". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ "அவன் அவள் அது - படத்தில் வாடகைத்தாய் வேடத்தில் ஸ்ரீபிரியா". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 2 October 2018. Archived from the original on 29 September 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Shankarlal (1978) [sic]". Archived from the original on 19 June 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Shankarlal ( Mini LP 33 RPM )". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 29 September 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2022.

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