This exquisitely crafted offbeat drama follows the love story of Sivayya (Kamal Haasan), an autistic person, living in a village with his grandmother (Nirmalamma). All he is good at is obeying what his trusted grandmother says. In an attempt to help Lalitha (Raadhika), a destitute young widow with a 5-year old son, the simpleton Sivayya marries her during an auspicious village festival.
The villagers are shocked and try to harm him as his act goes against traditional societal norms. In the meantime, Sivayya's beloved grandmother dies. Lalitha wants to save her new husband's life and so moves with him and her son to a city in search of better prospects. With support from a few of their acquaintances, the family of three settle down.
Life for them, thereafter, looks good and promising. Lalitha begins to appreciate Sivayya's innocence and warmth. She grows closer to him and eventually bears him a son. How will their lives turn out? Will Lalitha be able to have a happy and fulfilled life with Sivayya?
This movie was sent by India as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 1986.
This film had a silver jubilee run in all major centers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
This film was a musical blockbuster with soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja including a Harikatha disposition.
The bold subject of this movie revolves around an autistic person who defies existing social customs and traditions for a good cause.
Upon its success, this movie was remade in Hindi as 'Eeshwar' and in Kannada as 'Swathi Muthu'.
This movie was later dubbed into Tamil as 'Sippikul Muthu'.
This movie won many accolades, including the award for Best Film and Best Actor at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
Swati Muthyam 1986
01 May 1986 ● Telugu ● 2 hrs 40 mins
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