Chacha Charlie
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Cast & Crew
Actors :- Kamal Hassan, Revathi, Rekha, Srividya, Delhi Ganesh

Director : K.Balachander, Music : Illayraja, Banner : RKD Studios

Original Name : Punnagai Mannan, Original Language : Tamil , Release : 1986, Hindi Release : 1996

The plot opens with Sethu (Kamal Haasan) & Ranjani (Rekha) arriving at a cliff where they plan to commit suicide due to the pressure put up by Ranjani's parents against their marriage. Sethu, who is the son of an ordinary drunkard cook (Delhi Ganesh), is not accepted as the idea groom for Ranjani by her parents. Her parents then threaten Ranjani that either they would kill Sethu or commit suicide. While jumping from the cliff, Sethu accidentally gets trapped in a tree and escapes, however, Ranjani dies. Ranjani's father then makes attempts to jail Sethu by framing a flawed case that Sethu killed Ranjani. He fails as there is no strong evidence to prove it. Sethu is jailed for the offence of attempted suicide for a year. After a year, he is released from jail. Padmini (Srividya), who owns a dance school, gives him a job of a dance master as he is a former student. Sethu visits that cliff regularly as a remembrance of his love. On his way back one day, he sees a girl (Revathi) who plans to attempt suicide for failure in an examination. He stops her from it and again meets the girl in a gallery the next day. The girl introduces herself to him as Malini. Malini again meets Sethu at a tourist spot where she clicks his photos without his knowledge, but Sethu finds out and damages her camera. Malini chases him to his dance school as his student. Sethu repeatedly insults her but Malini develops a love for Sethu. Sethu tries his best to ignore her.

Malini coincidentally meets Chaplin Chellapa (also Kamal Hasan), uncle of Sethu who dresses himself as Charlie Chaplin and makes people laugh. She comes to know about Sethu's failed love from him, which increases her affection towards Sethu. Chaplin Chellapa helps her to win Sethu's heart. Sethu humiliates her all the time, but eventually develops a soft corner for her. Sethu could realise that he had started to love her, but gets confused what to do as he is a failed one. Sethu's repeated attempts to prevent himself loving Malini fails and he takes a sign of blessing for his new love from Ranjani at the cliff side. He finally confesses his love for her and proposes to her.

Malini continues to spend time with Chaplin Chellapa as she enjoys his sense of humour. This makes Sethu jealous, so he attempts to mimic Chaplin Chellapa's mannerisms - but ends up having an accident. Sethu finds that Chaplin Chellapa is a failed lover, who to forget his past has worn a mask of Charlie Chaplin. Sethu and Malini unite Chelapa and Padmini who is a spinster. Sethu again faces pressure from Malini's father as Malini is of Sinhalese origin and Sethu is a Tamilian. Both of them struggle hard to win in their love. Malini goes to the extent of escaping from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu to join with Sethu. After understanding the tight bond of Malini with Sethu, Malini's father approves their marriage.

Ranjani's father, who hears about Sethu's marriage wants to take "revenge" for his daughter's death. On the day of Sethu's engagement, he gives a basket full of apples which has a time bomb in it to Sethu's father pretending to be his gift for his son. Sethu's father who does not know about the bomb keeps the basket in Chaplin Chellapa's car. Sethu and Malini starts to visit Sethu's love cliff in Chellapa's car which has the bomb. Sethu's father and Chellapa who come to know about this, start chasing them to stop but in vain. Tha bomb explodes at the same place where Sethu-Ranjani attempted suicide and Sethu-Malini die in the explosion, leaving Chellapa and Sethu's father heartbroken. The film ends with Chellapa showering flowers in the place where the three of them died.

Box Offices

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. On the film's 25th week celebrations, Kamal Haasan was given the title Puratchi Mannan ("Revolutionary King") by his "mentor" K. Balachander.