Director: C. Rudraiah; Producer: C. Rudraiah; Cinematographer: Nallusami, Gnanasekharan; Editor: Ravindran; Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rajnikant, Sripriya, Sivachandran, Thambi, Indira, Baby Chitra, Kutti Padmini, Saritha
Duration: 01:49:44; Aspect Ratio: 1.602:1; Hue: 56.860; Saturation: 0.001; Lightness: 0.353; Volume: 0.086; Cuts per Minute: 17.105
Summary: A cautionary tale about an independently minded woman, Manju (Sripriya), who works in advertising for a male chauvinist boss (Rajnikant). Weary of men, she keeps her distance from her sensitive boyfriend Arun (Kamalahasan), who makes vox-pop documentaries. Arun eventually accepts an arranged marriage and Manju declares her love for him when it is too late. The film leaves her a lonely figure on Madras’s Marina beach. The collaboration between modernist writer Vannanilavan and Rudraiah, a graduate from the Madras Film Institute, is an early engagement with the ‘independent woman’ motif in South India. The music and the fluid narrative style mixes flashbacks with vox-pop (students and women workers interviewed about the status of women) and glossy pictorialism. Godard’s Deux ou troix choses que je sais d’elle (1966) could be a distant ancestor of this film.