CAST & CREW
Chitthi, released in 1966, is one of the classics of Tamil cinema. It found its remake in Hindi with the title Aurat, Achante Bharya in Malayalam and Pinni in Telugu. Now let’s see what the movie is all about.
Padmini is the eldest sibling of a family of eight children. And to add to the melancholy of the story she is the sole earner of the house. She has dedicated her life to her family and want to get her sisters married. She also toils hard to give good education to her brother Muhturaman with the aim of making him a doctor. She hides her tears behind her smile and develops a liking towards Gemini Ganesan Born in 1920, Gemini Ganesan, originally known as >> Read More... . However, her family circumstances prevent her from proceeding further.
M R Radha is an aged rich widower and the father of six. He has a liking for Padmini and proposes her. Though her mother does not accept, Padmini gives a nod to the proposal since she feels that by marrying M R Radha her family situation will progress. Muthuraman tries his best to stop her from taking this step, however Padmini doesn't budge from her decision.
And there is the usual stepmother aversion in the film towards Padmini. Though Muthuraman is apprehensive Padmini succeeds in winning the love of her stepchildren. However, M R Radha is upset since Padmini devotes most of her time to the stepchildren. He even questions her fidelity and gives her mental stress. In the meantime, Muthuraman and M R Radha’s daughter fall for each other. What happens next? Does M R Radha realize his misake? Just grab your DVD to know.
Padmini has given a stellar performance as the personification of the typical Indian woman who hides her sorrow behind her smile. M R Radha, as usual, does his villainous role well while Gemini Ganesan does his part neat. Muthuraman, as the brother of Padmini, too has grasped his role well and done with conviction.
Directed by K S Gopalakrishnan Chitthi is an ironic tale of a woman who is caught in the web of duty and had to do sacrifices. The director has ably blended family sentiments with beautiful songs.
What’s not there?
The comedy element could have been better.
The film, with good performances by the lead cast, will remain etched in the minds of Tamil movie buffs for a long time.
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