Erragulabilu (1978)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 17 mins

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This suspenseful thriller follows the life of Dileep (Kamal Haasan), a man terribly soured by his unvaryingly devastating encounters with the opposite sex. He develops a pathological hatred for women and uses his charm to seduce young women and kill them immediately after having sex with each. His adoptive father also enjoys and records Dileep's murders, watching as he performs the heinous acts. The murdered bodies are then buried and rose bushes grown over them. At this point, Dileep identifies his next target in the form of an undergarments salesgirl, Sarada (Sridevi), and develops an attraction for her. Sarada, a conservative woman, insists that Dileep must marry her if he wants to have his way with her. Will Sarada and Dileep get married? Will she come to know of his psychopathic tendencies before he has his way with her?
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi Kapoor

Crew: P Bharathiraja (Director), PS Nivas (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 28 Oct 1978 (India)

Telugu Name: ఎర్రగులాబీలు

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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
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Dubbed from: Sigappu Rojakkal (Tamil)
This film was dubbed into Telugu as Yerra Gulabi (1979).

This film was also remade in Hindi as 'Red Rose'.

The film won two Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor and Best Director categories.

In an era of over-dramatised acting in Tamil films, this movie was one of the notable and the best exceptions.

This film was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office.