|Directed by||K. Vijayan|
|Produced by||'Thirupur' Mani|
|Written by||Vinu Chakravarthy|
|Music by||Sankar Ganesh|
|Edited by||T. Rajasekhar|
|Distributed by||Vivekananda Pictures|
|29 August 1980|
|Box office||₹3 crore|
Vandichakkaram is a 1980 Tamil film. The film stars Sivakumar and Saritha in the lead roles and both of them won a Filmfare Award in the respective categories. It was one of the biggest hits of Sivakumar. The film marked the debut of Silk Smitha This movie was later remade in Hindi as Prem Pratigyaa and in Telugu as Gharana Gangulu.
- Sivakumar as Gaja
- Saritha as Vadivu
- Silk Smitha as Silk
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Muthu
- Sivachandran as Sarathi
- Suruli Rajan as Maari
- CID Sagundhala as Thief
- Samy Kannu as Palayam, Vadivu's Grandpa
Vinu Chakravarthy wrote the script in 1976 but the story was made into a film and released in 1980. This was the first film where Vinu introduced the famous glamour queen Silk Smitha, known at that time as Kakinada Vijayalakshmi. She would go on to become the epitome of item numbers in South Indian cinema and dream girl of young and old alike in 80s and 90s. Smitha, who played a character named "Silk" in this film, or colloquially in Tamil as "Silukku" later became a popular actress. The name "Silk Smitha" was given to the actress by Vinu Chakravarthy.
|1||"Devi Vantha Neram"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jayaram||4:12|
|2||"Oru Thai Maasam"||S. Janaki||3:10|
|3||"Vaa Machan"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:24|
- Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor—Sivakumar
- Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress—Saritha
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film - Third Prize in 1980.
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