I saw this movie on DVD recently and all I can say is "WOW"!!! Ratnam really scored big time when he made this movie about two stepbrothers who hate each other. P.C Sriram's cinematography is absolutely brilliant. It pretty much changed tamil cinema. Prabhu, Amala and the beautiful Nirosha all give great performances. However, Karthik (who gave a memorable supporting turn in Mouna Raagam-another brilliant ratnam movie) gives the best performance in this movie. His role as a street thug really stole the entire movie. I believe he won a filmfare award for it. Rest of the characters also give good performances. Raja's music for the movie is just wonderful. A real classic.