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

Sankarlal is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language drama film written directed and produced by T. N. Balu. It stars Kamal Haasan in dual lead roles as father and son. The film was partially directed by Balu who died half-way during production. The film was eventually completed with N. K. Vishwanathan as director. The film was simultaneously shot in Telugu-language as Andagaadu (English: Handsome) with Allu Rama Lingaiah and Rao Gopal Rao.[1]


Kamal Haasan plays a father-son dual role in this movie which begins with an ordinary man Dharmalingam (the elder Kamal Haasan) vacationing in Ooty with his family where he is framed for murder by a criminal named Chelladurai (R.S Manohar) and is jailed while his wife, son Mohan (the younger Kamal Haasan) and daughter (Seema) 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 Hema (Sridevi) 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.



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

One of the songs from Khel Khel Mein (1975),"Ek Main Aur Ek Tu…", was reused in this film.

Tamil version[2]
No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Elankiliyae innum Vilangaliye" Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan 04:33
2 "Ada Vaada Kannu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan 04:24
3 "Kasturi Maan ondru" Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan Pulamaipithan 04:36
4 "Thedinen" Malaysia Vasudevan Gangai Amaran 04:24
5 "Unmai yendrum vellum" Vani Jayaram, Malaysia Vasudevan Panchu Arunachalam 04:13
6 "Paathikkallil"(This song not in movie) Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan, Kamal Hassan Pulamaipithan 04:27


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