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Theatrical poster
Directed by A. Bhimsingh
Story by Kottarakara
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
Release date(s) 27 May 1961[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Pasamalar (English: The Flower of Love) is a 1961 Tamil film starring Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri. The film was directed by A. Bhimsingh. One of the songs, "Vaarayen Thozhi Vaarayo", is still played in many Tamil weddings. The movie was produced by Sivaji's own company Rajamani pictures. The producers were M. R. Santhanam and K. Mohan of Mohan Arts. The dialogues were written by Aroor Das. The movie was predominantly shot in Neptune Studios.“Paasa Malar" holds the record for having been made in the most number of languages, including Sinhala.[1] It was remade in Hindi as Rakhi, in 1962, by Bhimsingh, starring Ashok Kumar, Waheeda Rehman & Pradeep Kumar. It was a major success & Ashok Kumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor & K.P. Kottarakara the Filmfare Award for Best Story. This film was again remade in Hindi in 1986, Vijay Sadanah, as Aisa Pyar Kahan with Jeetendra, Padmini Kolhapure, Jaya Prada and Mithun Chakraborty.[2] It was remade in Kannada as Vathsalya with Dr. Rajkumar.[3]


Rajasekhar (Sivaji Ganesan) becomes the guardian to his younger sister Radha (Savitri) after their parents’ death. The brother-sister duo love, care and adore each other and are inseparable. When the factory in which Rajasekhar works is shut down due to a labour problem and he is depressed, Radha gives him INR1000 which she had earned and saved by making toys. She advises him to use this money as seed capital and commence his own toy business. The dutiful brother follows his sister’s advice, starts a business and in a short time, becomes rich. Anand (Gemini Ganesan) an ex-colleague of Rajasekhar who earlier helped him to get a job in his old factory, is jobless and approaches Rajasekhar for work. Rajasekhar appoints him in his concern and over a period of time, Anand and Radha fall in love. Rajasekhar, who is very possessive of his sister, gets angry with Anand as he feels betrayed.

However, knowing how intensely Radha loves Anand, he arranges for their wedding. After the marriage, Anand, along with his aunt and cousin, move into Rajasekhar’s house. Rajasekhar marries Dr. Malathy (M. N. Rajam) on Radha’s suggestion. All of them continue to live under the same roof and several misunderstandings crop up. Anand’s aunt uses every opportunity to widen the rift between Malathy and Radha and Radha and Anand. Unable to witness Radha’s troubles, Rajasekhar moves out of the house with his wife, Through Radha, Anand’s aunt serves a legal notice to Rajasekhar, demanding a share in the property for Radha. Malathy files a counter petition and the property is attached by the court, pending resolution. Unable to see Radha’s sufferings, Rajasekhar withdraws the case. Still the families don’t unite. Radha delivers a girl and Malathy delivers a boy. After her child’s birth, Malathy goes abroad for further studies, leaving the child with Rajasekhar.

Unable to cope with the separation from his sister and to have peace of mind, Rajasekhar goes on a pilgrimage for several months. He returns on Diwali day and goes to meet Radha, but is denied entry by Anand’s aunt. While going back, he saves a little girl from getting burnt by fire crackers and in the process, loses his eyesight. He is hospitalised and Radha rushes to the hospital to see her brother. Rajasekhar learns that the girl he saved is none other than his niece. Unable to cope with his inability to see them, he dies; Radha too dies holding his hand. The duo becomes an epitome of brother-sister relationship. In the shadow of their deaths, the children unite and seek their heavenly blessings.



The story for Paasa Malar was written by K. P. Kottakara, who later became a producer. He went around telling the story to many, but none came forward to make it as a film. He tried to meet Bheemsingh several times, who was so busy that they could not meet. Finally, Kottakara sent him a chit saying he had a new script based on "brother-sister love" and met him during the lunch break of his shooting, then became emotional after listening to the story and agreed to make it as a film.[4]


The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil - Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film in 1962.[5]


Kannadasan wrote the lyrics while duo Viswanathan Ramamoorthy composed the music.

  • "Malargalai Pool Thangai" - T. M. Soundararajan
  • "Mayangugiraal Oru Mathu" - P. Susheela
  • "Paatondru Ketten Paravasam Aaanen" - Jamuna Rani
  • "Engalukkum Kaalam Varum" - T.M. Soundararajan and P. Susheela
  • "Yaar Yaar Avar YaarO" - P. B. Sreenivas and P. Susheela
  • "Vaarayen Thozhi Vaarayo" - L. R. Eswari
  • "Malarnthum malaradha paathimalar pola" - T.M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela


Footage of Paasa Malar is featured in the 2011 Tamil film Velayudham.[6]


A digitally restored version of Pasamalar was released on 15 August 2013.[7] M. Suganth of The Times of India rated it a perfect 5 out of 5, saying "The restoration, cinemascope and audio conversion are pretty good while the trimming (by veteran editor Lenin, Bhimsingh's son) manages to retain the continuity to a large extent."[8]


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