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     1'''Achamillai Achamillai''' 
     4aka Fearless 
     51984 161’ col Tamil 
     6d/s K. Balachander pc Kavithalaya Prod. 
     7lyr Vairamuthu, Erode Tamizhanban 
     8c B.S. Lokanathan m V.S. Narasimhan 
     9lp Saritha, Rajesh, Delhi Ganesh, Pavithra, 
     10Ahalya, Prabhakar, Vairam Krishnamurthy, 
     11Veeraiah, Jayagopi, Charley T. 
     14After the critical success of Thanneer 
     15Thanneer (1981), Balachander pushes his 
     16jaundiced view of (Tamil but also general 
     17Indian) politics further with this grotesque 
     18drama symbolising the conditions of life in 
     19independent India. The central character is 
     20Thenmozhi (Saritha), a textile worker, who 
     21loves and marries Ulaganathan (Rajesh), a 
     22pragmatic politician whose daily compromises 
     23eventually lead to provoking communal riots 
     24and callous corruption. A strong and lively 
     25woman, Thenmozhi ends up killing her corrupt 
     26husband. The film repeatedly evokes, in its 
     27political references, the old tradition of political 
     28propaganda in Tamil film, with numerous 
     29symbols and clear distinctions between good 
     30and evil: most notably in the climactic 
     31sequence when the wife, stepping on to a dais 
     32to garland her husband, has a knife hidden in 
     33the garland with which she publicly stabs him. 
     34Sridhar Rajan described the film’s opening as ‘a 
     35stunning surrealist streetside strewn with 
     36corpses [a]nd, later, we see the evocative 
     37visuals of men with loudspeakers growing out 
     38of their throats, each vying democratically to 
     39down the other vocally in the battle of the 
     40ballot’. The grotesque side of the story is 
     41evident in e.g. Thenmozhi’s deformed brother 
     42born on Independence Day and named 
     43Swatantram (i.e. Independence) and in her 
     44blind father, a former freedom fighter who is 
     45corrupted by Ulaganathan’s promise to pay for 
     46an operation to restore his sight.