Thillu Mullu (1981)

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Aiyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran (A.A.K. Chandran for short) (Rajinikanth) is a playful young man. Upon completion of his degree, his uncle (Poornam Viswanathan) advises him to attend an interview for a job at his friend Sri Ramachandramurthy’s (Thengai Srinivasan) company.

The doctor advises Chandran to act in a manner most appreciated by Sri Ramachandramurthy: namely, wearing a Nehru kurta, always telling his full name, giving importance to his moustache, showing a lack of interest in sports and drama, showing respect for his father’s words (i.e., by repeating the phrase “My father always told me” often) and detesting the concept of recommendations.

During the job interview, Chandran follows his uncle’s advice perfectly and gets the job along with a beaming smile from his new boss. However, Chandran eventually gets caught when Sri Ramachandramurthy watches him at a football match, which he attends with his friends. He took leave on that day by telling his boss that his mother (who died many years ago) was in a serious medical condition. To escape from the ire of his boss and being fired, he makes his boss believe that it was his (fake) twin brother Indran (without a moustache) who was at the match and not himself. This idea is inspired by a dual role played by his actor friend Nagesh in a fictional film where he is in two roles: one with a moustache and one without. Sri Ramachandramurthy (although not convinced but feeling guilty due to suspecting his top employee) wants to see Chandran’s brother Indran as well as his mother and wants Indran to teach music to his daughter Sarojini (Madhavi).

Chandran is startled at the request but agrees to it. He seeks his friend Nagesh for help. Nagesh advises Chandran to remove his moustache and go ahead acting as Indran. Chandran is reluctant to remove his moustache but goes ahead with it as there is no other way to continue the drama. The now moustache-less Indran is the anti-thesis of the Chandran as seen by Sri Ramachandramurthy. Indran takes music classes for Sri Ramachandramurthy’s daughter Sarojini and the two fall in love.

For most of the rest of the film Chandran leads a dual life: a sincere hardworking employee to his boss and a typical cool young guy (Indran) while teaching music to his boss’ daughter. The story takes an unexpected turn when Sri Ramachandramurthy meets socialite Meenakshi Doriasamy (Sowkar Janaki) who is pretending to be Chandran’s widowed mother. A series of humorous scenarios follow, all involving Sri Ramachandramurthy being fooled by Chandran. One scene leads to another and eventually Sri Ramachandramurthy wants to marry off his daughter to Chandran (she knows the truth about the fake Indran by then).

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