Athma (film)

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Directed by Prathap K. Pothan
Produced by Ajitha Hari
Written by Shanmughapriyan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Prathap K. Pothan
Story by Shanmughapriyan
Based on The Miracle
by Irving Wallace
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Supriya International
Release date
  • 30 July 1993 (1993-07-30)
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Athma (English: Soul) is a 1993 Tamil supernatural film directed by Prathap K. Pothan. The film features Ramki, Rahman, Nassar, Gouthami and Kasthuri in lead roles. The film, produced by Ajitha Hari, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 30 July 1993 to positive reviews.[1][2]


Raghu (Rahman), an atheist archaeologist, and his father (Vijayachander) 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 (Vinodhini) informs her blind friend Divya (Gouthami) who is journalist and the news reaches the public. Pathma is in love with Naveen (Riyaz Khan), who is in the final stages of cancer. Soon, an atheist terrorist group, led by Saravanan (Ramki), try to destroy the temple. Saravanan has a tragic past : his sister and his brother-in-law were a devotee who were brutally killed by the temple's donor. In the meantime, the police officer Hari (Nassar), Divya's brother, is charged with eradicating the terrorist group. Pathma believes in this prophecy, so she gets married to 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.



Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1993
Recorded 1993
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 26:45
Producer Ilaiyaraaja

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1993, features 6 tracks with lyrics written by Vaali.[3][4]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Inarul Tharum" T. N. Seshagopalan 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


The film received positive reviews. K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times said : "It takes courage to attempt a movie like this, and Prathap's story grabs your attention".[2]


  1. ^ "Aathma (1993) Tamil Movie". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b K. Vijiyan (1993-09-25). "A plot that's different from the norm". New Straits Times: 24. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  3. ^ "MusicIndiaOnline - Aathma(1993) Soundtrack". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Aathma Songs". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 

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