Moondram Pirai

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Moondram Pirai (English translation: The Crescent Moon comes on the Third day) is a 1982 Indian Tamil film written and directed by Balu Mahendra, starring Sridevi, Kamal Haasan, Poornam Vishwanathan and Silk Smitha. Ilaiyaraaja composed the music. Kamal Haasan won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Srinivas. Balu Mahendra did the cinematography as well for which he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography.

The film was dubbed in Telugu under the title Vasantha Kokila and was released on the same day (19 February 1982). The film was remade the following year as the Hindi film Sadma, with much of the cast and crew from the original reprising their roles.


Bhagyalakshmi (Sridevi) is a young, modern girl who meets with an accident that leaves her with the memory and intelligence of a seven year old. Circumstances lead her into prostitution, and in the brothel she meets Srinivas (Kamal Haasan). He realizes that she has been tricked into the trade. He rescues her and takes her to his home in Ooty and begins to take care of her like his own. He knows Bhagyalakshmi as Viji, which was the pseudonym given for her at the brothel. Viji reciprocates Srinivas's care as they spend several months together sharing an amazing and innocent relationship that treads the tender line between affection and love. The sub plot of the film follows the wife of Srinivas' boss who is attracted to Srinivas, though Srinivas doesn't reciprocate her feelings. It depicts...
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