Kathal Parisu (English : Gift of Love) is a 1987 Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role of the protagonist. The film’s score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was superhit at the box office, though the soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja was a big hit. The film was dubbed in Hindi as “Tere Pyar Ki Kasam”.
The movie starts with Mohan (Kamal) getting released from prison after serving a sentence on a rape charge. Malini (Ambika) and Chitra (Radha) are sisters and heirs to a wealthy business. Malini looks after the business after their parents died while Chitra is a student. Mohan meets Chitra and soon they fall in love while Malini has sworn off all men. Jaishankar is their uncle who is after their wealth.
When Chitra brings Mohan home to meet her sister, Mohan and Malini have a big fight which ends is Malini forbidding Chitra from seeing Mohan. Malini then reveals the reason behind the fight. Years earlier, Mohan and Malini were classmates: Malini had a crush on him which Mohan never reciprocated. While on a class trip, Malini gives a note to Mohan that asks him to meet her in his room. Malini claims that, that night, Mohan entered her room and they had consensual sex, but Mohan denied it and refused to marry her. So she bought up rape charges against him and sent him to prison.
The truth comes out. During the class trip, Mohan never received the note which fell on Jaishankar’s son, Raj Kumar, who was their classmate. Raj, lusting after Malini, uses this opportunity to enter Malini’s room on the pretext of being Mohan and has sex with her. Since Raj disconnected electricity in her room and the room was very dark, Malini didn’t know the difference.Malini shoots Raj for his act and also herself as she cannot live the rest of her life with the Guilt.Mohan forgives Malini and Malini gives her daughter as her gift to Mohan and Chitra and dies in Mohan’s arms.
Directed by A. Jagannathan
Produced by G. Thyagarajan & V. Thamizhagan
Written by R. M. Veerapan
Starring Kamal Haasan, Ambika, Radha, Rajkumar Sethupathi, Jaishankar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography B. S. Loknath
Edited by K. R. Krishnan
Production Sathya Movies
Distributed by Sathya Movies
Release date 14 January 1987