Classic Wednesday - A Mudhal Mariyadhai for Bharathiraja

Today many say it is veteran filmmaker Bharathiraja's birthday. A few say it is in August. However we thought whatever the day is, we should recall his great work in Classic Wednesday. Hence we are throwing light on his great work Mudhal Mariyadhai, an off-beat venture which swept national awards besides winning huge at the box office. An 1985 classic, it came with veteran Sivaji Ganesan in the lead. At a time when Rajini, Kamal were ruling the roost came Sivaji Ganesan's heroic venture.

A realistic tale of a man who is married to problematic wife and he looks for true love an care from outside. A middle-aged man, he meets a woman (Radha), who belongs to a lower caste. They develop mutual feelings. A wonderfully narrated tale with enough emotions, it was made aesthetically. A rural tale that won many hearts. Illayaraja was considered a major contributor with all his songs making it big. Andha Nilava Thaan, Poongatru Thirumbuma, Rasave Unna Nambi are still popular. Produced by Manoj Creations, the friendship between Sivaji and Radha was the talking point in the movie.

Sivaji Ganesan unlike his earlier films, toned down his expressions. He did not overact. He was subtle in his emotions. The movie became a grammar for rural cinemas. Be it Sathyaraj, Vadivukarasi and Ranjani, all gave their best.