Athma (film)

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Athma film poster.JPG
Directed byPratap Pothen
Written byShanmughapriyan
Screenplay byPratap Pothen
Story byShanmughapriyan
Based onThe Miracle
by Irving Wallace
Produced byAjitha Hari
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Supriya International
Distributed bySupriya International
Release date
  • 30 July 1993 (1993-07-30)
Running time
140 minutes

Athma (transl. Soul) is a 1993 Indian Tamil language thriller film directed by Pratap Pothen. The film stars Ramki, Rahman, Nassar, Gautami and Kasthuri. It was released on 30 July 1993.[1]


Raghu, an atheist archaeologist, and his father went to an isolated village for research. During the research, his father disappears mysteriously and Raghu finds out a strange prophecy: God will come to earth on Purnima day at the Nagakali Amman temple and the people who will submerge completely under the waterfall near the Nagakali Amman temple will be cured of any disease. His colleague Pathma informs her blind friend Divya who is a journalist and the news reaches the public. Pathma is in love with Naveen, who is in the final stages of cancer. Soon, an atheist terrorist group, led by Saravanan, try to destroy the temple. Saravanan has a tragic past: his sister and his brother-in-law were a devotee who was brutally killed by the temple's donor. In the meantime, the police officer Hari, Divya's brother, is charged with eradicating the terrorist group. Pathma believes in this prophecy, so she marries Naveen and takes him to the temple. Divya compels Hari to come with him to restore her sight and he agrees to do so. Few days before the God's arrival, the Nagakali Amman temple is overcrowded. A race against the clock starts.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja (except "Ninaikkindra Paadhaiyil"), with lyrics written by Vaali.[2][3]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Inarul Tharum" T. N. Seshagopalan Vaali 4:56
2 "Kannale Kadhal Kavithai" K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki 4:44
3 "Ninaikkindra Paadhaiyil" S. Janaki 4:13
4 "Vaarayo Unnake Saran" Mano 4:28
5 "Vidiyum Pozhudhu" Mano 3:19
6 "Vilakku Vaipom" S. Janaki 5:05


K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times said, "It takes courage to attempt a movie like this, and Prathap's story grabs your attention".[4]


  1. ^ "Aathma". The Indian Express. 30 July 1993. p. 4. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Aathma (1993)". Music India Online. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Aathma (1993)". Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. ^ Vijiyan, K. (25 September 1993). "A plot that's different from the norm". New Straits Times. p. 24. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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