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Classic films: Moondram Pirai (1982)

Balu Mahendra wrote and directed this movie starring Kamal Hassan and Sri Devi, Tamil cinemas most successful pair of the 80’s, having worked together in 27 films. The movie begins with the story of Bhagyalakshmi (Sridevi), who has the intelligence of a 7 year old after a serious head injury. She is taken advantage of and ends up in a brothel, where she meets Srinivas (Kamal Hassan) who realises that she has been tricked and takes her to his home, where he takes care of her. Both share an amazing, naive bond which borders on love.

Watch one of Ilaiyaraaja’s best known songs, ‘Kanne Kalaimaane’: