Release date25 January 1975 (1975-01-25) GenresTamil cinema, Comedy, Drama, World cinema CastKamal Haasan, Jaishankar, Jayachitra, Jayalalithaa, Shavukaru Janaki Similar moviesKoshish (1972), Guddi (1971), Baana Kaathadi (2010), Ullam (2012), Kaadhal
Cinema Paithiyam is a 1975 Tamil language drama film directed by Muktha Srinivasan. The film features Jayachitra and Kamal Haasan in lead roles. The film, produced by A. L. Srinivasan under his A. L. S. Productions. It is a remake of the Hindi hit film Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Guddi (1971), which made Jaya Bhaduri a star.
Actress Jayachitra later claimed in an interview that this film ran for 100 days at Devi-Sridevi Complex in Chennai, and that "this was the first Tamil black-and-white film that ran for so long in that theater complex."
Adhering to its title 'Cinema Paithiyam', the movie depicts and traces the life and transformation of Jaya (Jayachitra) from the reel world to the real world. So obsessed is she with movies and the movie world, that she worships the popular film hero Jai Shankar, believing all that he portrays on screen, to be his real self. He becomes the ideal man of her dreams, and she even tattoos his name in her arm. Hell breaks loose when she refuses to marry the boy Natarajan (Kamalhaasan) arranged by her brother and her sister-in-law. At his juncture, steps in her Uncle, who takes it upon himself to show her the true world, by taking her on a trip around the real life of a star.