|Directed by||R. C. Sakthi|
Unarchigal is a 1976 Tamil language film directed by R. C. Sakthi starring Kamal Haasan and Srividya in the lead roles. It is a highly sensuous film which deals with sexually transmitted diseases, and subsequently the film ran into trouble with the censor board prompting a delay in its release.
The movie deals with Muthu (Kamal), an 18-year-old simpleton who works in a small village. He is sexually harassed by his landlord's sister, a widow. Unable to bear it any longer, Muthu goes to Madras(Chennai). However, he is again harassed in a similar way by people whom he meets. He finds work at a hotel as a room boy where he meets Srividya (Maragadham), a prostitute. He then rescues her once from a raid. After he saves her, she develops a soft spot towards him. He lives in Srividya's house as a servant but later is thrown away from her home. In the end kamal gets affected by an STD and is shown in a hospital being treated by a doctor (Major Sundarrajan) and eventually dies.
- Kamal Haasan as Muthu
- L. Kanchana
- Srividya as Maragadham
- Major Sundarrajan
- V Gopalakrishnan as Balu
- Vellai Subbiah as Subbiah (Room Boy)
The film was initially supposed to be Kamal Haasan's first movie as a lead actor after being launched in 1972, however delays meant that the film was only released 4 years later. The same film was later remade in Malayalam as Raasaleela and released in 1975, before the original had come out.
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