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| 14 February 1981 (1981-02-14)|Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981 film) Wikipedia
Sattam Oru Iruttarai (English: The Law is a Dark Room) is a Tamil film directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar. The film casts Vijayakanth in lead role. The film's success established the hero as a star of Tamil cinema.
The film is about a hero who wishes to avenge the killers of his parents. After it massive success down south, it was remade in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Recently, the film was also remade in Tamil again, by the director's granddaughter, Sneha Britto. The songs and score was composed by Shankar Ganesh.
Vijayakanth as Vijay
Aziz Chowdry as Bhairavan
Poornima Devi as Rekha
Vasumathi as Sheela
Sangili Murugan as George
Nithin as Ranga Chari
G. Srinivasan as D. I. G.
Amjath Kumar as Peter
Shankar as Beggar
Baby shakila as Younger Sheela
Master Anil Kumar as Younger Vijay
The film borrows its title from a dialogue spoken in Velaikaari (1949): "Sattam oru iruttarai, aathil vakeelin vadham oru vilakku. aanal adhu ezhaikku ettadha vilakku", which translates to, "[The] law is a dark room where the lawyer's argument is a lamp. But it is inaccessible to the poor". Chandrasekhar revealed that the script of the film was rejected by 20 producers. Producer Chidambaram chose Vijayakanth for the lead character after he was impressed by his performance in Neerottam. Selection of actor arose stiff opposition from some quarters protesting against giving the hero chance to Vijayakanth in the film. Despite these objections, the producer stood firm in his decision and made Vijayakanth the lead actor in the film.
The music was composed by Shankar - Ganesh. and Lyrics written by Gangai Amaran Poonguyilan and Gnani. The audio was released under the label Saregama.Thanimayile - SN Surender, S Janaki
Pagalil Oru - Shobha Chandrasekhar
Sattam Oru Iruttarai - Malaysia Vasudevan
It was remade in Hindi in 1983 as Andha Kanoon, starring Rajinikanth, Hema Malini, Reena Roy and Amitabh Bachchan also acted in a cameo role.
It was remade in Telugu in 1981 as Chattaniki Kallu Levu, starring Chiranjeevi, Madhavi and Lakshmi.
It was remade in Malayalam as Maattuvin Chattangale, directed by K. G. Rajasekharan starring Ravikumar, Seema and Kamal Hasan also acted in a cameo role.
It was remade in Kannada as Nyaya Ellide, (1982) starring Shankar Nag.
It was remade by S.A.C.'s granddaughter Sneha Britto as Sattam Oru Iruttarai in 2012 starring Daran and Reema Sen.
The film's success established Vijayakanth as a star in Tamil cinema. The success also inspired similar themes about law system which were mostly directed by Chandrasekhar and his disciple Shankar.