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Arangetram (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 February 1973 (India)
When a Brahmin family finds diminishing monetary opportunities in traditional priestly functions, the daughter must go out and work.

Director:

K. Balachander
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pramila ... Lalitha
Sivakumar ... Thangavelu
Kamal Haasan ... Thiagu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jayachitra Jayachitra ... Mangalam
Jayasudha ... Devi
M.N. Rajam M.N. Rajam ... Visalam
Sasikumar Sasikumar ... Pasupathi
S.V. Subbaiah S.V. Subbaiah ... Ramu Saastrigal
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Lalitha, the eldest daughter of a Brahmin family, is saddled with the responsibility of supporting her family, led by a father who witlessly procreates to a robust size of 10 household members. As poverty gets worse, Lalitha must turn to desperate measures to keep the food coming. Interesting comment on gender, tradition, and the caste crisis, slightly bold for its time. Lalitha's doctor-wannabe kid-brother also figures in the story. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Not Rated
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Country:

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Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

9 February 1973 (India) See more »

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The Debut See more »

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The film marked Kamal Haasan's first adult role. See more »

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Remade as Aaina (1977) See more »

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Yuck
29 January 2002 | by chembaiSee all my reviews

What does a poor Brahmin girl do to keep the home fires burning? Become a prostitute, of course! Only K Balachander could come up with such puke-inducing moralistic baloney, peppering the film with his so-called 'touches'. Horrible, to say the least.


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