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Sadma ("Trauma") is a 1983 Indian film directed by Balu Mahendra and stars Kamal Haasan and Sridevi with music composed by Ilayaraaja. The picture tells the story of Nehalata (Sridevi), a young woman who regresses to childhood after suffering a head injury in a car crash. Lost, she ends up trapped in a brothel before being rescued by Somu (Kamal Haasan), a lonely school teacher who falls in love with her.

The film is a remake of the 1982 Tamil film Moondram Pirai. Sridevi's autistic child-woman performance won her the Best actress Filmfare Award and National Award nomination as well as receiving State awards, Kamal's performance in the film's famous climax scene won him the National Award in the Tamil version. The film however flopped at the box office as it was considered way ahead of its time. But over the years the movie has achieved cult status and is regarded as an all time classic featuring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi's career best performances.


Nehalata (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 Somu (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 Nehalata as Reshmi, which was the pseudonym given for her at the brothel. Reshmi reciprocates Somu's care as they spend several...
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