(1988) is a black comedy that was shot in Bangalore. The film was released in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam. What made Pushpak a landmark film in Indian cinema was that in the era of 1980s it was the only film that did not have any dialogues. In a way it revived the Silent era
. It won the 1988 National Film Award for Best Popular Film. The film was directed by Srinivas Rao Singeetham.
The film was hugely appreciated by critics because of its effective blend of slapstick comedy and dark social satire, an unconventional ending and Kamal Haasan`s outstanding performance. The plot of the film revolves around an unemployed youth whose fortunes change as he comes across a drunken millionaire. He kidnaps the rich man and confines him in his house and assumes his identity to enjoy the comforts of a luxury hotel. He also falls in love with the magician`s daughter.
The unconventional ending shows Kamal Hassan confessing everything about himself to the magician`s daughter who still likes him. But the last scene shows the unnamed youth in search of job once more.
The innovative style of story telling in the film had made Pushpak
one of the most memorable films in Indian cinema. Apart from Kamal Hassan the film also starred Amala, Tinnu Anand, Sameer Khakhar, Farida Jalal, Prathap K. Pothan, K.S. Ramesh and others.