Kamal Haasan won the National
Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Srinivas.
Balu Mahendra did the cinematography as well for which he
won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography. It was
a blockbuster and completed 329-day run at the box office.
In an interview to Anu Haasan in the talk show Koffee with
Anu, Balu Mahendra stated that the film Moondram Pirai's
theme - a temporary relationship between a child-like woman
and a matured man, with their relationship abruptly ending -
was based on his relationship with actress Shobha who died
in 1980, shortly after their marriage.