Dance Master Songs by Ilayaraja
Dance Master Songs
Directed by K. Balachander
Produced by K.S.Rama Rao
Starring Kamal Haasan, Revathi, Rekha, Srividya
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Production Company: Pramoda Art Films
Release date: 1 November 1986
Audio Label: Aditya Music
Dance Master Story: Sethu (Kamal Haasan) and Ranjani (Rekha) arrive 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) and is also a dancer is not accepted as a groom for Ranjani by her parents. The parents 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 but Ranjani dies. Despite the attempts made by Ranjani’s father to jail Sethu by framing a fault case that Sethu killed Ranjani, no strong evidence was there to prove it. He is jailed for the offense of attempted suicide for one year.
After a year, he is released from jail. Padmini (Srividya) who owns a dance school provides him with a job as a dance master as he is a former student. Sethu visits regularly the cliff as a remembrance of his love. On his way, he sees a girl (Revathi) who attempts suicide for the silly reason of failing in examination and he stops her from it. He again meets the girl in a gallery. The girl introduces herself to him as Malini but he ignores her. Malini again meets Sethu at a tourist spot where she clicks 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.
Malini coincidentally meets Chaplin Chellapa (also Kamal Hasan), the uncle of Sethu who dressed like 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. Malini is actually a Sinhalese girl because of which she faces trouble from her classmate many times and every time rescued by Sethu. Sethu though humiliates her all the time develops a soft corner in his mind. Sethu could realize that he had started to love her but gets confused about what to do as he is a failed one. Sethu’s repeated attempts to prevent himself from loving Malini fail and he takes a sign of blessing for his new love from Ranjani at the cliffside. 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 humor. 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 the 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 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 start 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. The bomb explodes at the same place where Sethu-Ranjani attempted suicide and Sethu-Malini dies in the explosion, leaving Chellapa and Sethu’s father heartbroken. Chellapa later showers flowers in the place where the three of them died.
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