Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981 film)
|Sattam Oru Iruttarai|
|Directed by||S. A. Chandrasekhar|
|Produced by||Vadaloor S. Chidambaram|
|Written by||S. A. Chandrasekhar|
|Music by||Sankar Ganesh|
|Cinematography||D. D. Prasad|
|Edited by||B. Gowtham Raj|
|Distributed by||Vadularan Combines|
Sattam Oru Iruttarai (lit. The Law is a Dark Room) is a 1981 Tamil language action film directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar in his debut. The film stars Vijayakanth in the lead role. The film is about a man who wishes to avenge the killers of his parents. After it massive success, it was remade in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. Recently, the film was also remade in Tamil again, by the director's granddaughter, Sneha Britto. The songs and score was composed by Shankar Ganesh.
- Vijayakanth as Vijay (voice dubbed by S. N. Surendar)
- Aziz Chowdry as Bhairavan
- Poornima Devi as Rekha
- Vasumathi as Sheela
- S. A. Chandrasekhar as HitchHiker at End
- Sangili Murugan as George
- Nithin as Ranga Chari
- G. Srinivasan as Rekha's Father
- Amjath Kumar as Peter
- S. R. Veeraraghavan
- Kallapatti Singaram as Singaram
- Ennatha Kannaiya as Police Constable
- Ganesh as Beggar
- Baby shakila as Younger Sheela
- Master Anil Kumar as Younger Vijay
- T. K. S. Natarajan
Sattam Oru Iruttarai is the directorial debut of S. A. Chandrasekhar. The film borrows its title from a dialogue spoken in Velaikaari (1949): "Sattam oru iruttarai, aathil vakeelin vadham oru vilakku. aanal adhu ezhaikku ettadha vilakku", which translates to, "[The] law is a dark room where the lawyer's argument is a lamp. But it is inaccessible to the poor". Chandrasekhar revealed that the script of the film was rejected by 20 producers. Producer Chidambaram chose Vijayakanth for the lead character after he was impressed by his performance in Neerottam. Selection of actor arose stiff opposition from some quarters protesting against giving the hero chance to Vijayakanth in the film. Despite these objections, the producer stood firm in his decision and made Vijayakanth the lead actor in the film.
|1||"Pagalil Oru"||Shobha Chandrasekhar|
|2||"Sattam Oru Iruttarai"||Malaysia Vasudevan|
|3||"Thanimayile"||S. N. Surendar, S. Janaki|
|4||"Rajathi Munnale"||S. N. Surendar|
Release and reception
Sattam Oru Iruttarai was remade in Telugu as Chattaniki Kallu Levu (1981), in Hindi in as Andha Kanoon (1983), in Malayalam as Maattuvin Chattangale, in Kannada as Nyaya Ellide (1982), and again in Tamil under the same title by S.A.C.'s granddaughter Sneha Britto (2012).
The film's success established Vijayakanth as a star in Tamil cinema. The success also inspired similar themes about law system which were mostly directed by Chandrasekhar and his disciple Shankar.
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