Dance Master (1986)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 28 mins

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This intense and evocative love story follows the loves and losses in the life of a talented dancer, choreographer and dance master, Sethu. When he falls deeply in love with Ranjani, the daughter of a wealthy man, there is seemingly insurmountable opposition to the union, and the couple decide to commit suicide together. In a cruel twist of fate, Sethu survives the fall, while Ranjani dies, causing her wealthy father to develop an enduring hatred and need for revenge against him. Sethu however, tries to move on with his life with the support and encouragement of his magical uncle, but his heart is not in it. When a beautiful, young student of his, Malinii falls head over heels in love with him, will he be open to it? Will circumstances allow for him to have a second chance at love and life?
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rekha Josephine, Revathi

Crew: K Balachander (Director), Raghunatha Reddy (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Release Dates: 17 Dec 1986 (India)

Telugu Name: డాన్సు మాస్టర్

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Did you know? Prior to release, "Punnagai Mannan" was given an "A" (Adults Only) rating from the Central Board of Film Certification. Read More
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Spoken Languages:
Hindi, Tamil
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Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed from: Punnagai Mannan (Tamil)
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On the film's 25th week celebrations, Kamal Haasan was given the title 'Puratchi Mannan' ("Revolutionary King") by his "mentor" K Balachander.

The film was released on 1 November 1986, coinciding with Diwali Day. It was released alongside Rajinikanth's "Maaveeran", and was a Superhit at the box office. The film successfully ran in theatres for 25 weeks.

Prior to release, "Punnagai Mannan" was given an "A" (Adults Only) rating from the Central Board of Film Certification.

AR Rahman (then known as Dileep), who then worked with Ilaiyaraaja as a guitarist, played keyboard for this album and because it was the first time a Tamil film used a sequencer, the music became informally known as "computer music" in Tamil Nadu.

There was a scene between Kamal Haasan and Rekha in which there was a display of intimacy and kissing, that generated a great deal of scandal and criticism at the time of this movie's release.

Parts of the shooting for this movie took place in Athirappilly Falls, Kerala.

Amazingly, this is the 25th movie in which actor Kamal Haasan and his revered mentor, director Balachander have worked together.

This movie marks the final collaborative venture between music director Ilaiyaraaja and lyricist Vairamuthu.

This movie was dubbed in Telugu under the title "Dance Master" and later in Hindi as "Chacha Charlie" (1996).