January 1, 1979 (India)
| 7/10 |
Action, Comedy, Drama
| 6 July 1979|
Kamal Haasan (Raman), Sridevi (Shenbagam), V K Ramasamy (Samipillai), Manorama (Rangamani), Thengai Srinivasan (Ramiah)
Kalyanaraman and Japanil Kalyanaraman are part of the same movie series
Kalyanaraman (1979 film) Wikipedia
Kalyanaraman is a Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan as the protagonist. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 140-day run at the box office. Six years later, a sequel was made titled Japanil Kalyanaraman. The film was remade in Hindi as Ghazab with Dharmendra and in Kannada as Sriramachandra with V. Ravichandran.
Kalyanam (Kamal Haasan) is the naive and infantile son of a rich estate owner Chinnadurai ( V S Raghavan) and he is in love with Shenbagam (Sridevi), an ordinary estate worker. The estate manager (Major Sundarrajan) and his cohorts covertly plot to kill Chinnadurai and usurp the property from Kalyanam. Chinnadurai gets killed but before his death reveals to Kalyanam that he has a twin elder brother who lives with his mother in Madras. The manager and his henchmen befool Kalyanam and loot the estate with ease but eventually murder him by throwing him off a cliff when he discovers their true designs. Shenbagam who witnesses the murder turns mentally unstable. However Kalyanam is not finished entirely as his spectre contacts his twin brother Raman (the elder Kamal Haasan) and the rest of the story revolves around how they together seek to bring the perpetrators to justice.Kamal Hassan - as Kalyanam and his twin elder brother Raman
Sridevi - as Shenbagam
Pushpalatha as Rajalakshmi, mother of Kalyanam and Raman
V.S. Raghavan as Chinnadurai, father of Kalyanam and Raman
Major Sundarrajan as the manager of Kalyanam's estate
V. K. Ramasamy as Samipillai, the cook of Kalyanam
According to Randor Guy of The Hindu wrote that the concept of Kalyanaraman was similar to Idhu Nijama (1948 film) (1948) written and directed by S. Balachander. The looks for ghost Kamal was designed by G. Janakiraman.
The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The song "Kadhal Vanthiruchu" is loosely based on "Lady in Black" by Uriah Heep.
Six years later, a sequel was made titled Japanil Kalyanaraman in 1985, it was the first ever sequel in Tamil cinema.
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