A man tries to get his family back in shape after a stint in jail.

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Krishna
Sukanya ...
Yamuna
Poornam Vishwanathan ...
Panjapakesan Iyer (Krishna's Cellmate)
Mahanadhi Shobana ...
Kaveri (Krishna's Daughter)
Cochin Hanifa ...
Dhanush (as V.M.C. Hanifa)
Sennalkudi Lakshmi ...
Krishna's Mother-in-Law (as S.N. Lakshmi)
Tulasi ...
Manju
Mahanadhi Shankar ...
Dulcana
Rajesh ...
Muthusamy
Thalaivasal Vijay ...
Mannangkatti
Sangeetha ...
Older Kaveri Krishnaswamy
Mohan Ram
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Kamal Haasan plays a simple-minded widower, whose attempt at Chit Fund management with a crooked pimp lands him in jail. While his own existence is made miserable by fellow convicts and corrupt wardens, his family disintegrates without a breadwinner. Upon his release, he has reconstruct his family while struggling to resist the temptation for vengeance. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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The names of the lead characters are also the names of main rivers in india. Kamal:krishna Suganya: yamuna Daughter: kaveri Son: bharani See more »

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Under-rated classic
14 September 2001 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

Kamal Hassan has delivered a knockout performance in this under-rated classic. Its the story of the father of two, played by Kamal Hassan who falls for deceit and ends up in Jail. Kamal Hassan is a wealthy villager who makes acquaintance with a crooked guy from the city. Kamal Hassan trusts this man implicitly and invests all his money. By the time, he realises his folly, its too late and he ends up in a jail. In the meanwhile, his daughter is forced into prostitution and his son lands up in a touring circus troupe. On returning from jail, he goes searching for his daughter who is found in a brothel in Calcutta. This scene will make anyone cry. Kamal Hassan also finds his son and he is so mad that his whole life was shattered by the guy whom he trusted. This movie has Kamal Hassan at its best with excellent music from Ilayaraja and is exceedingly well directed. This movie shows that, no khan from bollywood can match the talent of kamal hassan, the greatest actor, india has ever produced.


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