A classic hindi story from director K. Balachander. Produced in 1968, the movie is originally made in the Tamil language, a common dialect of the Indian language. The director is very well-known for producing many social and family situation movies. In this particular film, Mr. Bachalander focuses in community living and interaction between the social classes sharing a common space.
The plot of the movie is a simple one. It depicts the life of an indigent orphan living in an apartment building. The principal character of the film is Maadhu; who lives under the stairs and makes a day-to-day living performing odd jobs for the residents. There is a girl in the building and he has grown to like her. The girl lives with her mother and father. Her parents believe she has psychological problems. She does not know her parents think she is mentally challenged.
Maadhu is often taken advantage and sometimes even abused by most of the tenants, with two exceptions: a Major, and another tenant. Both of them befriend him, and try to help him as much as they can. In one of the scenes, our beggared friend overhears the a couple conspiring to have their daughter married soon with him. They believe it would be hard for her to find a normal husband. They think Maadhu, who has no other options; believe is the only possible candidate. He does not know they are the parents of the girl he likes.
Later he finds out the girl he likes is the same girl the couple was talking about. In spite of her being mentally challenged, Maadhu starts courting the girl his own way. The girl later finds out what her parents think of her and tries to prove them wrong, this is where the story really starts developing. The movie has four musical numbers, which are typical for indie productions. Very well choreographed, good sound and smalls sets used to their full extent. The writing of this story is very simple and transfers very well to the screen. Cinematography is not excellent, yet it is dynamic and fluid. This movie is a black and white film.