Pallavi Anu Pallavi

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Pallavi Anupallavi
Pallavi Anupallavi (1989).jpg
Poster of the Telugu dubbed version
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by S. Krishnamurthy
Written by R. N. Jayagopal (Dialogues)
Screenplay by Mani Ratnam
Story by Mani Ratnam
Music by Ilayaraja
Cinematography Balu Mahendra
Edited by B. Lenin
Release dates
Running time
110 mins
Country India
Language Kannada

Pallavi Anupallavi (Kannada:ಪಲ್ಲವಿ ಅನುಪಲ್ಲವಿ) is a Kannada film released in 1983, in which Indian director Mani Ratnam made his directorial debut. The movie starred Anil Kapoor in his first leading role. The film deals with an unconventional plot of a male in love with an older female played by the popular actress Lakshmi. Another South Indian director, Balu Mahendra, was the cinematographer for this movie. The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.The film was not a commercial success but was critically acclaimed. Pallavi Anu Pallavi's Telugu-dubbed version was released in 1989.[1]


Having pledged his love for Madhu (Kiran Vairale), Vijay (Anil Kapoor) finds himself entwined in a close friendship with Anu (Lakshmi), a married woman separated from her husband. Vijay grapples with the definition of love, treading the fine line between trust and attraction, amidst tremendous societal pressures. He is confused whether he loves Anu, an older woman, yet knows that Madhu is ready to accept him as a husband. Amid all this is his youthful streak of rebellion, ready to take on the world despite the taboos attached.


Music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, who reportedly composed for the film taking only one-fifth of his actual remuneration.

In the biographical book Conversations with Mani Ratnam, the director revealed that Balu Mahendra introduced him to Ilaiyaraaja. Ratnam told Raja that he was doing a Kannada film with a very small budget but wanted Raja to compose the music, while also confessing that he couldn't afford to pay the latter's market price. Raja apparently didn't bat an eyelid and agreed to do the movie for one-fourth or one-fifth the amount he was getting at the time.[2]

The composer would go on to collaborate with the director for 9 more of the latter's films, including acclaimed classics like Mouna Raagam, Nayagan, Anjali and Thalapathy.

SL.No Song Lyrics Artist
1 Hrudaya Rangoli R. N. Jayagopal S. P. Sailaja
2 Nagu Endhidhe R. N. Jayagopal S. Janaki
3 Naguva Nayana R. N. Jayagopal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
4 Oh Premi Oh Premi R. N. Jayagopal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam



Idea Cellular has used the tune of Naguva Nayana as their theme music for the advertisements. The ad was directed by R. Balki, an ardent Illayaraja fan.


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