Aan Paavam

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Aan Paavam
DVD cover
Directed byPandiarajan
Written byPandiarajan
Produced byEaswari Subramaniam
CinematographyAshok Kumar
Edited byV. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Alamu Movies
Release date
  • 7 December 1985 (1985-12-07)

Aan Paavam (transl. Innocence of Man) is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film[1] written and directed by Pandiarajan. It was his second directorial venture and first as actor. The film also stars Pandiyan, Revathi and Seetha. It was released on 7 December 1985,[2] and became a box office success. The film was remade into Telugu as Naku Pellam Kavali (1987) and in Kannada as Ramakrishna (2004).[3]


Periya Paandi (Pandiyan) and Chinna Paandi (Pandiarajan) are two notorious sons of the village cinema theatre owner Ramasamy (V. K. Ramasamy). Periya Paandi goes to a neighbouring village to see a girl as arranged by his father towards his marriage and ends up in the wrong house. Coincidentally, those in the wrong house are also expecting a man to see their daughter on the same time and the same day. Contrary to real-time arranged marriages, Periya Paandi goes to see the girl totally un-aided by parents, relatives and friends. Nevertheless, he takes a liking to the girl, Seetha (Seetha), and decides to marry her. Seetha likes Periya Pandi and decides to accept the proposal.

Meanwhile, Seetha's marriage broker shows up and clarifies that Periya Paandi was supposed to have gone to see some other girl but ended up in the wrong house. Hearing this, Periya Paandi, Seetha and Seetha's parents seem disappointed. Ramasamy fixes dates for his marriage to the girl originally chosen for him Revathi (Revathi), a school teacher's daughter. Periya Paandi's adamance to marry Seetha causes a strange turn of events. Chinna Paandi finally marries Revathi, while Periya Paandi ties the knot with his love Seetha.



Aan Paavam was Pandiarajan's second film as director and his debut film as an actor.[5] Seetha who was studying in the 12th grade at that time was selected to play the lead actress after director saw her in a video at a marriage.[6]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7][8] The song "Kadhal Kasakkudayya" is based on Shanmukhapriya raga,[9][10][11] and "Kuyile Kuyile" is based on Madhyamavati.[12]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Enna Pada Sollathe" S. Janaki Vaali 4:18
"Indiran Vanthathum" Ilaiyaraaja Vairamuthu 3:41
"Kadhal Kasakkuthaiya" Ilaiyaraaja Vaali 4:23
"Kuyile Kuyile Poonguyile" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra Kuruvikkarambai Shanmugam 4:22
"Otti Vandha Singa Kutty" Kollangudi Karuppayee Kuruvikkarambai Shanmugam 5:33
"Enna Pada Sollathe"(Sad) S. Janaki Vaali 3:23


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki called the film's screenplay, dialogues and Janagaraj as plus points while praising Pandiarajan's acting as natural and added debutant Seetha has only little bit of camera fear, Pandiyan has managed his acting and the scenes involving Revathi evoke laughter.[13]


The film was included by Behindwoods in their list "of All Time Top Ten comedy movies".[14] Pandiarajan made a spiritual successor to this film titled Kai Vandha Kalai (2006) starring himself and his son Prithvi Rajan.[15]


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  3. ^ "Ramakrishna – film review". Viggy. 2004. Archived from the original on 3 December 2023. Retrieved 3 December 2023.
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  5. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (9 January 2011). "The laughter continues..." The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  6. ^ Ashok Kumar, S.R. (28 July 2006). "I take each day as it comes: actor Seetha". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
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  8. ^ "Aan Paavam (1985) Tamil Super Hit Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilaiyaraaja". Disco Music Center. Archived from the original on 27 February 2023. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 134.
  10. ^ Mani, Charulatha (2 September 2011). "A Raga's Journey — Sacred Shanmukhapriya". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  11. ^ Saravanan, T. (20 September 2013). "Ragas hit a high". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  12. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 140.
  13. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (29 December 1985). "ஆண் பாவம்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 9. Archived from the original on 27 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  14. ^ "Aan pavam (1986)". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  15. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (9 June 2006). "A fairly enjoyable sequel -- Kai Vandha Kalai". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 June 2023. Retrieved 23 June 2023.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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