Swati Mutyam

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Swati Mutyam
Swathi muthyam.jpg
Directed by K. Viswanath
Produced by Edida Nageshwara Rao
Written by K. Viswanath
Akella (dialogues )
Starring Kamal Haasan
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography M. V. Raghu
Release dates
  • 27 March 1986 (1986-03-27) (India)
Country India
Language Telugu

Swati Mutyam (English: A White Pearl) was a 1986 Telugu drama film written and directed by K. Viswanath. The film stars Kamal Haasan and Raadhika in the lead roles. The movie won accolades at Asia Pacific Film Festival in both "Best Film" and "Best Actor" categories.[1] The movie was later dubbed into Tamil as "Sippikkul Muthu". Upon its success, the movie was later remade in Hindi as Eeshwar and in Kannada as Swathi Muthu.

This movie shows the plight of a young widow who was rescued by an innocent and good natured person. The film was sent by India as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 1986, but was not nominated.[2] The film was a musical blockbuster with soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja including a Harikatha disposition. The film had a silver jubilee run in all major centers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


Shivaiah (Kamal Haasan), an orphan and a mentally Challenged person, lives along with his grandmother (Nirmalamma) in a village. In that village Lalitha (Raadhika), a young widow with a 5-year-old son, lives along with her brother's (Sarath Babu) family. She and her son often get abused by her sister-in-law but Lalitha, having nowhere to go bears it all.

Shivaiah often encounters Lalitha and gets appalled by her condition. One day, during Sri Rama Navami festival, Shivaiah marries Lalitha, shocking all the villagers. His grandmother approves of his marriage as she also has much sympathy and regard for Lalitha. But his uncle and orthodox villagers oppose that marriage as they consider remarriage of a widow was a sin. In that brawl, Shivaiah's grandmother dies leaving innocent Shivaiah in the hands of Lalitha. Lalitha, moves in with her husband with the blessings of her brother.

Some of the villagers help them to build a new life. Gradually Lalitha makes Shivaiah understand the household duties and responsibilities of a man. Shivaiah finds work and starts to support his wife and step son. Later they have son and live happily for long time. Years pass and Lalitha becomes ill and dies in her husband's arms. In the climax, Shivaiah walks out of his house surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He carries a tulsi plant which was his memory of Lalitha's love.




Year Nominee/Work Award Result
1986 Kasinathuni Viswanath National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu Won
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Swarna (Golden) Nandi Won
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu Won
Kamal Haasan Nandi Award for Best Actor Won


Swati Mutyam
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1986
Language Telugu
Producer Edida Nageshwara Rao

All music composed by Ilayaraja.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Chinnari Ponnari Kittayya!"   Atreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
2. "Dharmam Sharanam Gacchaami"   Aatreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja  
3. "Laali Laali"   C. Narayanareddy P. Susheela  
4. "Manasu Palike"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  
5. "Pattuseera Testanani"   Atreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja  
6. "Raama, Kanavemiraa!" (harikatha) Aatreya S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S.P. Sailaja  
7. "Suvvi Suvvi!"   C. Narayanareddy S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki  


Year Film Language Cast
1989 Eeshwar Hindi Anil Kapoor, Vijayshanti
2003 Swathi Muthu Kannada Sudeep, Meena


  1. ^ "Kamal Haasan". Bharatwaves.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ TNN 29 Mar 2012, 05.20PM IST (2012-03-29). "K Viswanath’s film at the Oscars - Times Of India" (Press release). Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 

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