MUDHAL MARIYATHAI Story
Muthal Mariyathai (1985) is a Tamil feature film directed by Bharathiraja. The film was critically received upon release.The film commences with friends and family of an ailing village head, Malaichami thevar (Sivaji Ganesan), gathered around him on his death bed. The plot then moves along in a series of flashbacks, featuring significant episodes of the dying man's life.
These include the presence of a boatman's young daughter Kuyil (Radha) in his village. The protagonist is unhappily married to a shrewish wife by the name of Ponnatha (Vadivukkarasi), and seeks comfort and solace in a friendship with Kuyil. The friendship raises eyebrows, and is socially awkward and complicated for both Malaichami and Kuyil.