Director: K. Balachander; Producer: J. Duraisami, V. Govindarajan; Cinematographer: B.S. Lokanath; Editor: N.R. Kittu; Cast: Kamal Haasan, Srividya, Major Sundar Rajan, Jayasudha, Nagesh Babu, Rajnikant, Kanakadurga, Thidir Kannaiah, Vijji Babu, R.R. Gopal, Kannadasan, Jaishankar, Y.G. Mahendran
Duration: 02:17:18; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 180.833; Saturation: 0.000; Lightness: 0.360; Volume: 0.312; Cuts per Minute: 10.924
Summary: Melodrama in which the lovers end up exchanging parents. The rebellious Prasanna (Kamalahasan) leaves his home after quarrelling with his father (Sundarrajan) and finds shelter with the singer Bhairavi (Srividya) whose illegitimate daughter Ranjini (Jayasudha) also leaves home and finds shelter at Prasanna’s father’s house. The problem becomes acute when the newly formed couples want to marry: leading to the famous line ‘My son has become my father-in-law, your daughter has become your mother-in-law’. The film uses several avant garde conventions fashionable at the time incl. freeze frames and unconventional camera angles, although one unusual scene is the spontaneous jugalbandi in the bathroom between Prasanna and Bhairavi. Rajnikant’s debut film also re- launched Kamalahasan. Lyric writer Kannadasan plays himself.