Up 871 this week

Sadma (1983)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 1,041 users  
Reviews: 14 user

A head injury causes a woman to regresses to childhood. Lost and confused, she is eventually befriended by a school teacher.



(dialogue), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 25 titles
created 24 Nov 2010
a list of 31 titles
created 26 Feb 2011
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 06 Sep 2012
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Sadma (1983)

Sadma (1983) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sadma.
2 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
K. Somprakash 'Somu' (as Kamal Haasan)
Nehalata Malhotra
Silk Smitha ...
Paintal ...
Arvind Deshpande ...
J.K. Malhotra
Viju Khote ...
Police Inspector David
H.J. Imam
Birbal ...
Leela Mishra ...
Somu's Neighbor 'Nani' (as Leela Misra)
Ashalata Wabgaonkar ...
Mrs. Malhotra (as Asha Latha)
Padma Chavan ...
Madame (as Padma Chauhan)
Iftekhar ...
Train Passenger


A young woman receives a head injury in an automobile accident and becomes like a six-year-old. She leaves the hospital unattended and ends up in a brothel. She is rescued by a young man who takes her to his home in the mountains. Meanwhile, her parents and the police are looking for her... Written by William Kennedy <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

brothel | love | tragedy | remake | train | See more »







Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


The original choice for the lead role was Dimple Kapadia. Because she had committed to Saagar (1985) and couldn't allot bulk dates to the film, 'Sridevi' was signed instead. See more »


Remake of Moondram Pirai (1982) See more »


Yeh hawa yeh fiza
Sung by Asha Bhosle, Suresh Wadkar and chorus
Music by Ilaiyaraja
Lyrics by Gulzar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Intriguing performances by Kamal Hassan and Sridevi create the magical Sadma
13 September 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It is heart wrenching for anyone who watches Sadma. The movie will leave you with nothing but an indescribable pain that lasts for a long time. Balu Mahendra's Sadma is an incredibly made movie for the masses who will easily relate to the characters and the plot.

Sadma narrates the story of Nehalata/Reshmi and Somu. Nehalata becomes Reshmi after she meets with an accident which leaves her with a head injury which regress her into childhood. Circumstances lead her into a brothel from where she is rescued by the kind hearted teacher Somu. Somu takes care of her and will eventually fall in love with her. He decides to treat her to bring back her memory. The treatment brings her memory back only to make us realize that she does not remember anything after her accident, including Somu. The movie ends up leaving us devastated with the fact that Nehalata has left her entire past with Somu and she has headed towards her hometown.

Sadma is a beautifully narrated movie that will leave you with just one thought; Somu should not have treated her. The script and direction by Balu leaves you in tears by the end of the movie and emotionally awed.

Kamal Haasan was already a terrific actor and he proved it again being Somu. Scenes wherein he enacts monkey for Reshmi and the whole song of Surumaee Akhiyon Mein will leave your heart completely fallen for Somu. Kamal's performance in the final scene deserves a special mention as that is the scene that leaves any viewer totally crashed. Kamal proved to be an ultimate actor and the movie, in Tamil, won him his first National Award.

Sridevi is equally flawless in the movie and her situations will make you empathize with the character. Her character cannot be hated even at the end of the movie as you realize that she is not at fault. Her transformation as the matured Nehalata to the five year old minded Reshmi is not really an easy task. But Sridevi portrayed it as a cake walk for her as she smoothly transforms into both the roles.

The music of the movie, by the legendary Ilaiyaraaja, is an all time treasure. Surumayee Akhiyon Mein will make your heart sulk even today when you listen. Aye Zindagi, Yeh Hawa Yeh Fiza and others are still in the list of classics.

If you have not watched Sadma, you are missing the experience of watching one of the best movies of Indian cinema.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sridevi has not received any award for Sadma teenbauwa
Discuss Sadma (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: