Kadal Meengal (Eng: Sea Fishes) is a 1981 Indian Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan, Sujatha, Nagesh and Thangavelu and was a remake of the Malayalam movie Meen, which was loosely based on the Hindi movie Trishul. The movie was a Superhit at the box office.
Selvanayakam a.k.a. Selvam (Kamal Haasan) is a poor but hard-working fisherman who is in love with Bhagyam (Sujatha) from the same fishing hamlet. After a tiff with the locals, Selvam moves to a neighbouring village for fishing and is feared dead during a cyclone. Selvam returns alive after a while and unable to find Bhagyam, marries another woman. Bhagyam has borne his child but lives in isolation away from the life of Selvam who has grown to be a rich businessman. After several years, Bhagyam’s son Rajan (the younger Kamal Haasan) finds out about his father whom he despises for having deserted his mother. He vengefully joins his father’s rivals and enters into a long confrontation with his father in business and in personal life as well. Nisha (Swapna), is Rajan’s love interest while Ambika plays his step-sister’s role.
Directed by G. N. Rangarajan
Produced by Mrs. R.Shantha
Written by Panchu Arunachalam
Story by T. Damodaran
Starring Kamal Haasan, Sujatha, Nagesh, Thangavelu, Ambika
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography N. K. Viswanathan
Edited by K. R. Ramalingam
Production K. R. G. Art Productions
Distributed by K. R. G. Art Productions
Release date 5 June 1981
Running time 137 Minutes