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Moondram Pirai

Official DVD Box Cover
Directed by Balu Mahendra[1]
Produced by G. Thyagarajan
Written by Balu Mahendra(screenplay) [1]
Starring Kamal Haasan
Sridevi Kapoor
Silk Smitha
Poornam Vishwanathan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja [2]
Cinematography Balu Mahendra [3]
Editing by D. Vasu [3]
Release date(s) India 19 February 1982
Running time 139 min
Country India
Language Tamil

Moondram Pirai (Tamil: மூன்றாம் பிறை) is a 1982 Indian Tamil language film starring Sridevi, Kamal Haasan, Poornam Vishwanathan and Silk Smitha.[1]

The film is a inspired from Kannada film Maanasa Sarovara which was based on Puttanna Kanagal life The film was dubbed in Telugu language and was released on the same day (19 February 1982) with the title "Vasantha Kokila".[4] The film was remade the following year as Sadma, with much of the cast and crew from the original reprising their roles.



The movie begins with a young girl Bhagyalakshmi (Sridevi) who meets with an accident thus succumbing to amnesia. This condition makes her lose her memory of her entire teenage and adulthood leaving her as a physically grown up woman but with the memory and intelligence of a seven year old. Circumstances cheat her into Prostitution, where in the brothel, she meets Srinivas (Kamal Haasan) who understands that she has been tricked into the trade. He rescues her to take her to his home in Ooty and begins to lead life with her taking care of her like his own. Bhagyalakshmi, who is now being called as Viji, which was the pseudonym given for her at the brothel, also reciprocates to Srinivas's care as they spend several months together sharing an amazing and innocent relationship that thrives on the tender line between affection and love. The sub plot of the film is contrary to the main notion of the protagonist Srinivas. This follows a series of parallel romances between the wife of Srinivas's boss and himself. Although Srinivas doesn't reciprocate to her feelings, it depicts how the outside world succumbs to humane emotions of lust and desire which are totally devoid in the life led between Srinivas and Viji. However, their happiness is short lived as Srinivas takes Viji to a village medical practitioner who cures her of her mental illness and brings her back to sanity as she recovers her memory up to the point of her accident a few months back. But when Srinivas comes to meet Viji later that day, she is now not able to identify him or remember him. Despite all his efforts and gestures to make her understand that he was the one who had taken care of her for months together, she is indifferent to him and leaves Ooty back to her hometown, thus abandoning Srinivas and the life and relationship that she once had with him. [5]


Awards and nominations


National Film Awards



Moondram Pirai
Soundtrack by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1982 (1982)
Language Tamil

All music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

# Title Singers Length
1. "Kanne Kalaimane"   K. J. Yesudas 3:56
2. "Narikkathai"   Kamal Hassan, Sridevi Kapoor  
3. "Ponmeni"   S. Janaki  
4. "Poonkatru"   K. J. Yesudas  
5. "Vaanil Yengum"   S. P. Balasubramaniam, S. Janaki  


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