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     1'''Sindhu Bhairavi''' 
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     41985 159’ col Tamil 
     5d/s K. Balachander p Rajam Balachander, 
     6V. Natarajan pc Kavithalaya Prod. 
     7lyr Vairamuthu c Raghunatha Reddy 
     8m Ilaiyaraja 
     9lp Sivakumar, Delhi Ganesh, Janakaraj, 
     10T.S. Raghavendran, Prathap Pothan, 
     11Suhasini, Sulakshana, Manimala, 
     12Sivachandran, Indira, Meera 
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     15Musical melodrama in the genre of Dasari 
     16Narayana Rao’s Megha Sandesam (1982) 
     17and K. Vishwanath’s revivalist stories 
     18advocating ‘traditional’ notions of ‘classical’ 
     19artistry. The classical singer J.K. Balaganapathi 
     20(Sivakumar) falls in love with Sindhu (Suhasini 
     21in one of her best known screen roles), a folkmusic 
     22teacher. His barren wife Bhairavi 
     23(Sulakshana) attempts suicide and he 
     24renounces his affair, only to seek refuge in 
     25drink, which entails degrading scenes such as a 
     26forced strip tease and the singing of nonclassical 
     27folk songs in exchange for alcohol. 
     28Bhairavi then sacrifices herself for the sake of 
     29her husband’s music and asks Sindhu to help 
     30save the artist. Nevertheless, the film follows 
     31the convention of passing off male infantilism 
     32as evidence of a commitment to ‘traditional 
     33values’. Women sacrificing themselves for the 
     34sake of an immature man’s singing ability can 
     35be seen, against the grain of the film, as raising 
     36critical questions about arrogantly patriarchal 
     37fantasies, mainly through the performances of 
     38the two main female protagonists. 
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     40[[Film]]