Ethir Neechal (English: Swim Against) is a 1968 Tamil language movie directed by K. Balachander starring Nagesh, Jayanthi, Sowcar Janaki, R. Muthuraman and Sreekanth. The film was remade in Hindi as Lakhon Mein Ek with Mahmood.
Maadhu (Nagesh) is a destitute orphan who performs odd jobs in a multi-family tenancy for a living. For the services he renders, he’s allowed to sleep under the stairs of the tenancy. He also attends college with the help one of his professors. Among few people who understand his situation, and are ready to help are Major Sundrarajan and Nair (Muthuraman). He overhears one of the tenants speaking to her husband of getting him married to their daughter (Jayanthi) who is said to be psychologically challenged. He forcefully makes his mind to love their daughter even before they propose a marriage, so as to calm himself that the girl is none other than the girl he loved and not some unknown psychologically challenged girl. How she proves that she’s indeed a normal person and also helps Maadhu to prove his worth forms the rest of the plot.
Directed by K. Balachander
Produced by N. Selvaraj, B. Duraisamy & N. Krishnan
Written by K. Balachander
Starring Nagesh, R. Muthuraman, Sowcar Janaki, Jayanthi, Major Sundarrajan, Manorama, S. N. Lakshmi, Sreekanth
Music by M. S. Viswanathan & V. Kumar
Cinematography N. Balakrishnan
Edited by N. R. Kittu
Production Kalakendra Movies
Distributed by Kalakendra Movies
Release dates 1968
Running time 165 mins