Sathi Leelavathi (1995 film)
|Directed by||Balu Mahendra|
|Produced by||Kamal Haasan|
|Written by||Crazy Mohan (dialogue)|
|Screenplay by||Kamal Haasan|
|Edited by||Balu Mahendra|
|Distributed by||Raaj Kamal Films International|
|15 January 1995|
|Budget||₹2.95 crore (equivalent to ₹13 crore or US$1.9 million in 2018)|
|Box office||₹8 crore (equivalent to ₹36 crore or US$5.2 million in 2018)|
Sathi Leelavathi (lit. Leelavathi, the chaste wife) is a 1995 Tamil comedy film co-written and directed by Balu Mahendra. It features Ramesh Aravind, Kalpana and Heera in the lead with Kamal Haasan and Kovai Sarala in supporting roles. The film was produced by Kamal Haasan, with story by Ananthu and dialogues by Crazy Mohan, with Ilaiyaraaja as music composer. Sathi Leelavathi was a commercial success and was remade by David Dhawan in Hindi as Biwi No.1 (1999) and by Ramesh Aravind himself in Kannada as Rama Shama Bhama (2005).
Arun (Ramesh Arvind) is married to Leelavathi (Kalpana) in a forced marriage. He is embarrassed by his wife's plain looks and her weight. When he meets Priya (Heera Rajagopal) - who works in a building construction company, he hides from her the fact that he is married and has an affair with her.
When he takes Priya with him on a vacation to Bangalore, he bumps into his old friend Dr. Sakthivel Gounder (Kamal Haasan) - an orthopedic surgeon from Coimbatore who is also in Bangalore with his wife Palani (Kovai Sarala) and his son Anand - travelling with him in the same flight and even staying in the same hotel. Sakthivel is called to Arun's room in the night - as Arun has slipped his disc and the hotel doctor is unavailable - and bumps into Priya, thus finding out about the affair.
After returning to Chennai, Priya finds out that Arun is married, but decides to continue with him when Arun says he was forced into marriage and promises to divorce his wife. When Arun's wife Leelavathi discovers Arun's affair, she has a huge showdown which leads to Arun leaving the house. Then, Leelavathi plans a series of dramas which makes Priya hate Arun. She does this with the help of Sakthivel, her father-in-law, children and Priya's old lover (played by Raja in a small role). Finally Priya unites with her old lover apologizing to him and Arun unites with Leelavathi.
- Ramesh Arvind as Arunachalam ( Arun )
- Kamal Haasan as Dr Sakthivel Gounder
- Kalpana as Leelavathi ( Leela )
- Heera as Priyadarshini (Voice dubbed by Sreeja Ravi)
- Kovai Sarala as Palaniammal Sakthivel Gounder
- Chokkalinga Bhagavathar as Arunachalam's father
- Raja as Raja (Guest appearance)
- Ra. Sankaran as Leelavathi's father
- S. R. Veeraraghavan as Veeraraghavan
- Dubbing Janaki as Leelavathi's mother
- Pasi Sathya
- Madhan Bob as Leelavathi's brother
- Kavithalaya Krishnan as Hotel staff
- Vatsala Rajagopal as Ambujam Maami
- Lalitha as Bhagyalakshmi
- Anand Krishnamoorthi as Sakthivel's son
- Monica as Ammulu, Arunachalam's daughter
- Nadhim Khan as Aravind, Arunachalam's son
Magie was the art director, while Balu Mahendra was also editor and cinematographer for the film.
Kovai Sarala was signed to portray the role of Palani after great debate. While Kamal Haasan wanted her in the film, Balu Mahendra was hesitant. Kamal Haasan waited for Sarala for six months and brought her on board the film. Sarala later said that Mahendra was delighted that she was part of the film and that he felt bad for initially having doubts in her ability. Kamal Haasan speaks Kongu Tamil (Coimbatore Tamil) in the film, which he was said to have learned from Kovai Sarala.
|2||"Marugo Marugo"||Kamal Haasan, K. S. Chithra||6:10|
|3||"Oru Thaaram"||Ben Surender||2:07|
|4||"Maharajanodu"||P. Unni Krishnan, K. S. Chithra||5:19|
Telugu Track List
|1||"Ara Chethilona Cheyyi"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:57|
|2||"Manasuna Manasai"||K. S. Chithra, Mano, Srilatha||5:00|
|3||"Enni Kathalo"||K. S. Chitra, Renukha, Srilatha||3:01|
|4||Bit Song-1||K. S. Chithra, Mano||00:22|
The film became a profitable venture for the producers.
The film was later remade in 1999 in Hindi by David Dhawan as Biwi No.1 with Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and Sushmita Sen in pivotal roles. The film was later also adapted in Kannada by Ramesh Aravind in 2005 as Rama Shama Bhama, with Aravind and Kamal Haasan reprising their roles.
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