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A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

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Sigitham Srinivasa Rao (as Singeetham Srinivasa Rao)

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Sigitham Srinivasa Rao (as Singeetham Srinivasa Rao)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Unemployed graduate
Amala Akkineni ... Magician's daughter (as Amala)
Tinnu Anand ... Killer
Narayana P.L. Narayana P.L. ... Beggar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farida Jalal ... Magician's wife
Sameer Kakkad Sameer Kakkad
Sameer Khakhar Sameer Khakhar ... Rich man (as Samir Khakhar)
Ramya Krishnan ... Rich man's wife (as Ramya)
Loknath Loknath ... Hotel owner (as Lokanath)
Prathap Pothen ... Lover (as Pratap Potan)
K.S. Ramesh K.S. Ramesh ... Magician
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An unemployed youth (Kamal) dreams of living well. One evening, he finds a drunken industrialist (Sameer Khakkar) passed out in a gutter, and takes the opportunity to switch places with him. He finds love, intrigue, and the good life in his new home, Pushpak, a hotel where the industrialist was booked in. A silent masterpiece. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Comedy | Romance

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India

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Release Date:

10 September 1987 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love Chariot See more »

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The Hindi Version of this movie is known as Pushpak, and the telugu one is famous by the name Pushpaka Vimanam, the grand chariot of King Ravana from the great epic Ramayana. See more »

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Easily one of the best movies I have seen(in any language)
30 June 2001 | by son_of_starsSee all my reviews

A poor and unemployed youth, played by Kamal Hasan enjoys the good life by stealing the identity of a rich middle-aged drunkard. Pushpak is the name of the apartment-hotel the rich man resides in. While an imposter, Kamal gets to experience a life normally not granted men of his station and meets a beautiful girl and falls in love with her. But, like all good things, this brief excursion into paradise must end.

The movie is set against the backdrop of vast urban unemployment among educated youth in the India of the Eighties. While peppered with numerous comic incidents, the movie is quite serious in adressing its central theme. The glaring contrast between the lifestyles of the rich and the rest is evocative of Indian society. A rich beggar, whose possessions the public tries to scavenge after his death and a bungling killer who gets electrocuted are interesting diversions that do not detract from the depth of the storyline. But, what makes this film a cinematic masterpiece in my opinion is that such a powerful portrait of the times is created without resort to dialogue. This is a silent movie !! It is truly difficult not to be atleast a little moved by the ending.


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