The film won positive reviews and performed well at the box office. The film claiming “turns out to be entertainer, mouthful from start to finish”. Kamal Haasan’s portrayal of a woman as Avvai Shanmugi.. only Kamal Hassan can do the female role with such perfection. The film won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards with K. M. Sarathkumar winning Best Make-Up Artist and Ann Anra winning Best Child Actor.
The movie was dubbed into Telugu as Bhamane Satyabhamane. In 1998, Kamal Haasan made his directorial debut by remaking the film in Hindi as Chachi420 with Tabu, Amrish Puri and Om Puri and he himself in the leading roles.