Aruvadai Naal

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Aruvadai Naal
Theatrical release poster
Directed byG. M. Kumar
Screenplay byG. M. Kumar
Story byLivingston
Produced byShanthi Narayanasamy
T. Manohar
CinematographyB. R. Vijayalakshmi
Edited byShyam
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)
Running time
130 minutes

Aruvadai Naal (transl. Harvest Day) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by G. M. Kumar in his debut. The film stars Prabhu and Pallavi. It was released on 1 November 1986. The film was remade in Telugu as Muvva Gopaludu (1987).[1]


Nirmala, an orphan Christian girl, lives in a convent and she wants to become a nun. She is then sent to a village by the convent for becoming a nun. She joins, the church's father Vincent Parker Soosai and she works as a nurse until she becomes a nun.

She then meets Muthuvel, an innocent young man, and they fall in love with each other. Rathnavel brings up his son Muthuvel without any affections and treats him like his worker, whereas his mother Vadivu loves him more than anything. When Rathnavel arranges Muthuvel's marriage with his niece, Muthuvel and Nirmala reveal him about their love. Rathnavel finally accepts for their marriage with Soosai's help. Nirmala is eager for her wedding and leaves the village for taking with her the convent's sisters.

In the meantime, Rathnavel prepares the puberty ceremony of Rajalakshmi, Muthuvel's niece, and manages to hide a Thaali inside a flower garland. Muthuvel, as an uncle and as per the customs, puts the flower garland around Rajalakshmi's neck and he married her without knowing. Soosai complains against Rathnavel for arranging a child marriage but the complaint is withdrawn. The rest of the story is what happens to Muthuvel and Nirmala.



Aruvadai Naal is the directorial debut of G. M. Kumar,[2] and the story was written by Livingston.[3] Sivaji Ganesan's elder son Ramkumar made his acting debut with this film.[4] According to Kumar, Aruvadai Naal was "chopped mercilessly" by the censor board.[5]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Gangai Amaran.[6][7] Kumar said the song "Devanin Kovil" was almost removed from the film because Ilaiyaraaja felt the film did not need it, but it was retained after Kumar pushed.[5]

Song Singer(s) Length
"Chinna Ponnu" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki, Vani Jairam 4:45
"Devanin Kovil" Ilaiyaraaja, K. S. Chithra 4:39
"Melatha Mella" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki 4:42
"Naanga" Gangai Amaran, Malaysia Vasudevan 4:33
"Ola Kuruththola" S. Janaki 4:39
"Oru Kaaviam" Ilaiyaraaja 4:36
"Vakkapattu" Malaysia Vasudevan 4:25

Release and reception[edit]

Aruvadai Naal was released on 1 November 1986, Diwali day.[8] The Indian Express praised the film, saying, "Kumar and his team of technicians [..] have been courageous enough to make this film somewhat of an offbeat effort".[9] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote Aruvadai Naal is a film with unstriped margins that can tear the hand but with a different glow.[10]


  1. ^ "Actor-director GM Kumar hospitalised in Chennai". DT Next. 29 July 2022. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  2. ^ கண்ணன், சுரேஷ் (12 January 2023). "அறுவடை நாள்: 'சின்னதம்பி', 'மின்சார கனவு' படங்களின் முன்னோடி; ஆனால் இளையராஜாவின் அந்தப் பாடல்..!". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 12 January 2023. Retrieved 18 January 2023.
  3. ^ Darshan, Navein (23 October 2019). "Livingston's 'Sundara Purushan' to get a sequel 23 years later". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 27 October 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  4. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (7 July 2012). "Grand re-entry". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b Rao, Subha J. (7 January 2016). "Back in focus in Bala's film". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Aruvadai Naal". JioSaavn. 9 January 1986. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Aruvadai Naal Tamil Film LP Vinyl record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 30 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Aruvadai Nall". The Indian Express. 1 November 1986. p. 7. Retrieved 16 February 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  9. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (14 November 1986). "Prabhu's day". The Indian Express. p. 14. Retrieved 30 July 2021 – via Google News Archive.
  10. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (16 November 1986). "அறுவடை நாள்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 31. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2021.

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