Thambathyam (Eng: Intimacy) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by K. Vijayan and produced by T. S. Kalyani. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Ambika and Radha. It is a remake of the Telugu film Dampatyam.
Dr. Sathyamoorthy is a renowned heart surgeon with a loving wife, Janaki, as well as two daughters, Jyothi and Aruna. Janaki’s father also lives with the family. Janaki is the loving but forgetful matriarch and the family abides by her wishes in most things. Jyothi falls for an aspiring lawyer. Aruna is a reporter who falls in love with inspector Venkatesh who’s searching for his sister Latha’s murderer. Sathyamoorthy and Janaki approve of their daughters respective loves and arrange the weddings. While wedding shopping, Sathyamoorthy runs into Jaggu an old acquaintance with an ax to grind. He goes to Venkatesh with proof that Sathyamoorthy killed Latha. Sathyamoorthy is arrested and the happy family is thrown into disarray. The rest of the family must now uncover the truth behind Latha’s murder.
Directed by K. Vijayan
Written by Valampuri Somanathan
Story by Satya Murthy
Produced by T. S. Kalyani
Starring Sivaji Ganesan, Ambika, Radha, Tulasi
Cinematography Viswanath Rai
Edited by Chezhiyan
Music by Manoj–Gyan
Production Kalyani Cine Arts
Release date 20 November 1987