ⓘ Sattam Oru Iruttarai, 1981 film. Sattam Oru Iruttarai is a 1981 Tamil language action film directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar in his debut. The film stars Vijayaka ..

Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981 film)

ⓘ Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981 film)

Sattam Oru Iruttarai is a 1981 Tamil language action film directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar in his debut. The film stars Vijayakanth in the lead role. The film is about a man who wishes to avenge the killers of his parents. After its massive success, it was remade in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. Recently, the film was also remade in Tamil again, by the directors granddaughter, Sneha Britto. The songs and score was composed by Shankar Ganesh.


1. Cast

  • Master Anil Kumar as Younger Vijay
  • Vijayakanth as Vijay voice dubbed by S. N. Surendar
  • Baby shakila as Younger Sheela
  • Sangili Murugan as George
  • S. A. Chandrasekhar as HitchHiker at End
  • T. K. S. Natarajan
  • Aziz Chowdry as Bhairavan
  • S. R. Veeraraghavan
  • Nithin as Ranga Chari
  • G. Srinivasan as Rekhas Father
  • Vasumathi as Sheela
  • Ganesh as Beggar
  • Kallapetti Singaram as Singaram
  • Amjath Kumar as Peter
  • Poornima Devi as Rekha
  • Ennatha Kannaiya as Police Constable

2. Production

Sattam Oru Iruttarai is the directorial debut of S. A. Chandrasekhar. The film borrows its title from a dialogue spoken in Velaikaari 1949: Sattam oru iruttarai, aathil vakeelin vadham oru vilakku. aanal adhu ezhaikku ettadha vilakku ", which translates to, law is a dark room where the lawyers argument is a lamp. But it is inaccessible to the poor". Chandrasekhar revealed that the script of the film was rejected by 20 producers. Producer Chidambaram chose Vijayakanth for the lead character after he was impressed by his performance in Neerottam. Selection of actor arose stiff opposition from some quarters protesting against giving the hero chance to Vijayakanth in the film. Despite these objections, the producer stood firm in his decision and made Vijayakanth the lead actor in the film.


3. Soundtrack

The music was composed by Shankar – Ganesh. Lyrics were written by Gangai Amaran, Poonguyilan and Gnani. The audio was released under the label Saregama.


4. Remakes

Sattam Oru Iruttarai was remade in Telugu as Chattaniki Kallu Levu 1981, in Hindi in as Andha Kanoon 1983, in Malayalam as Maattuvin Chattangale, in Kannada as Nyaya Ellide 1982, and again in Tamil under the same title by S.A.C.s granddaughter Sneha Britto 2012.


5. Legacy

The films success established Vijayakanth as a star in Tamil cinema. The success also inspired similar themes about law system which were mostly directed by Chandrasekhar and his disciple Shankar.