Thaayillamal Naan Illai
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|Thaayillamal Naan Illai|
|Directed by||R. Thyagarajan|
|Produced by||C. Thandayuthapani|
|Written by||Thooyavan (dialogues)|
|Story by||Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa thevar|
|Cinematography||P. N. Sundaram|
|Edited by||M. G. Balurao|
|14 April 1979|
Thaayillamal Naan Illai (Tamil: தாய் இல்லாமல் நான் இல்லை; English: I cannot live without my mother) is a 1979 Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Major Sundarrajan and Jaiganesh in the lead roles with Rajnikanth and Nagesh in guest roles. The movie was a super hit at the box office and it was dubbed into Telugu as Paatagaadu and Hindi as Aakhri Sangram.
Raja (Kamal Haasan), the son of a poor and widowed washerwoman, is well-talented in the arts from his childhood. Thengai Srinivasan who runs a drama troupe is impressed with Raja's talent and enlists him in this troupe and Raja's mother travels with the troupe as well. While performing in a zameen with the troupe, Raja meets and falls in love with the zamindar's pretty daughter Bhuvana (Sridevi) and they engage in a secretive romance assisted by Bhuvana's pet peacock named Vadivelan. When the zamindar (Major Sundarrajan) becomes aware of their relationship, he agrees to get them only married only if Raja snaps all ties with his mother, considering her poor status. Raja expectedly refuses and unable to convince her adamant father, Bhuvana elopes with Raja and joins the troupe as well. This enrages the zamindar's villainous nephew Mohan (Jaiganesh), who had been eyeing the zameen's ownership by marrying Bhuvana. Whether Raja and Bhuvana are able to thwart the odds against them form the rest of the story.
- Kamal Haasan as Raja
- Sridevi as Bhuvana
- Major Sundarrajan
- Thengai Srinivasan
- Sukumari as Sivagami
- Rajnikanth as Bichwa Bakri
The music for the film was scored by Shankar-Ganesh.
|Nadiganin Kaadhali||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:56|
|Vadivelan Manasu vachaan||T.M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela||3:41|
|Vanakkam Vanakkam (Drama song)||5:48|
|Eena Meena||P. Susheela||3:33|
|Podi vaikkiren||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:09|
- Ramachandran 2012, p. 90.
- Ramachandran, Naman (2012). Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-81-8475-796-5.
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