Arangetram is a 1973 Indian Tamil languageDrama film directed by K. Balachander starring Prameela. Yet another product from Balachandar's factory that carried hard hitting messages and very bold scenes. The movie dealt with the issue of Poverty. The movie won the National Award For Best Film (Regional Language - Tamil).
With Balachandar's trade mark dialogues and screenplay, this movie made a huge mark with the public. It hit home the need for a planned family. This movie also featured Kamal Haasan as the brother of the heroine who aspires to become a doctor. The film also features Sivakumar, Senthamarai, SV Subbiah, MN Rajam, Jayachitra and Jayasudha. This was the first film of Jayasudha.
The lead character of the movie is the eldest daughter of a pious and conservative Brahmin family. She has eight siblings and poverty rules reign. She decides to take up the family mantle and goes to work. Due to family needs and ill fate, she ends up as a prostitute but manages to settle all her brothers and sisters. Her family ditches her when they come to know about her dark side. Sivakumar marries her in the end.