|Directed by||P. Pullaiah|
|Screenplay by|| Aaroor Dass |
"Thuraiyoor" K. Murthy
|Story by||T. N. Balu|
|Produced by||P. L. Mohan Ram|
|Starring|| M. G. Ramachandran |
B. Saroja Devi
M. N. Nambiar
|Cinematography||P. L. Roy|
W. R. Subba Rao
T. M. Sundar Babu
|Edited by||C. P. Jambulingam|
P. K. Krishnan
S. R. Das
K. R. Krishnan
|Music by||S. M. Subbaiah Naidu|
Aasai Mugam (transl. Face of Desire) is a 1965 Indian Tamil-language film starring M. G. Ramachandran, inspired by The Man Who Knew Too Much . The film was released on 10 December 1965.
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Because Ponniyam Kodhi, a marriage broker feels deceived on his commission by Bhavani Amma, the mother of Selvi, whom she is soon going to marry to a strong good match, attractive Manohar, the only son of big family, that of Siva Shankaran Pulai, an immense landowner, the matchmaker, out of revenge, damages the engagement. At the same moment, somewhere else, a gang led by Varada, the ex-manager of Siva Shankaran Pulai's domains plans with his walk-on a ruffian Vajravel, to appropriate all the fortune of his former boss, by usurping the identity of his son and more exactly, the face of Manohar. The affair is facilitated by a mysterious doctor and by a machine of his invention. Entranced by greed, Vajravel volunteers to undergo an operation of plastic surgery to look like his victim Manohar.
An adapted version of the song "Neeya Illai Naana" featured in the 2002 film Panchatantiram "Ennodu Kaadhal enru pesa vaithathu Neeya illa Naana".
The film was inspired by the 1934 and 1956 film versions of the novel The Man Who Knew Too Much . It was initially titled Ellam Arintha Manithan (transl. All Knowing Man), but Ramachandran objected as he felt it was "too pompous" and "big". He suggested Aasai Mugam, and that was chosen.  K. P. Ramakrishnan served as Ramachandran's body double. 
The music composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, while lyrics written by Vaali.  
|1||"Neeya Illai Naana" (x2)||T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela||Vaali||03:21 / 04:23 (film version)|
|2||"Yaarukku Yaar Endru Theriyaadha"||T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela||02:52 / 03:05 (film version)|
|3||"Ennai Kadhalithal Mattum Pothuma"||T. M. Soundararajan & P. Susheela||03:37 / 03:49 (film version)|
|4||"Ethanai Periya" (Innoruvar Vaedhanai)||T. M. Soundararajan||03:41 / 04:24 (film version)|
|5||"Naal Oru Medai Pozhudhoru Nadippu"||T. M. Soundararajan||03:26 / 03:12 (film version)|
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