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Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974)

| Drama, Romance | 1986 (India)
Kavitha, a young woman, is the sole bread winner for her family. In order to fulfill their dreams and ambitions, she puts herself through the daily grind of working in an office maintaining... See full summary »


K. Balachander


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Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Vigata kavi Gopal
Sujatha ... Kavitha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sripriya Sripriya ... Bharathi
Vijayakumar ... Tilak


Kavitha, a young woman, is the sole bread winner for her family. In order to fulfill their dreams and ambitions, she puts herself through the daily grind of working in an office maintaining a tough exterior at home and at office. The delays in her marriage with her lover Tilak, frustrates him but he decides to wait for her. Eventually when Kavitha consents to marriage, Tilak springs up an unpleasant surprise. Written by Anonymous

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Kamalhassan learned mimicry to act in this movie. See more »


Remade as Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) See more »

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A gem of Indian film
11 April 2015 | by nagarajankmuSee all my reviews

The greatest tribute to this movie and the late Mr. K Balachander were the number of families who named their daughters as Kavitha after seeing this movie in honor of the heroine of this movie who sacrificed everything for her family who were never grateful to her and no award can be greater than this. No character in any movie could have had so much impact that families would want to name their children in honor of the heroine of that movie.

We know people name their children after characters from the Holy Hindu Scriptures, or the Holy Bible or the Holy Quran, but naming their children after a character in a movie, that would be the envy of every director in the world. Every word from the heroine brought gasps from the audience. Fiery dialogues. Kavitha is probably the most powerful character created on the silver screen anywhere in the world. This movie challenged the role of heroines in Tamil cinema. Think of all those whom you know with the name Kavitha, they would have all been born after 1974. The Hindu said in its review, "it will be very, very difficult to match this movie". This movie was a block-buster hit.

All songs penned by Kannadasan are unmatched.Never ever a poet can write songs like this for very complex situations. Philosophical lyrics, awesome tune, golden voice, unequaled rendition, natural acting, the hypnotic magic of black and white photography, will remind you truly of a bygone golden era.Special mention should be made for MS Viswanathan who gave an awesome music.

This film is an gem for entire Indian film industry .

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