Avatharam (1995 film)

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Directed byNassar
Written byNassar
Produced byVaithyanathan
CinematographyP. S. Dharan
Edited byM. N. Raja
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Kamalam Movies
Release date
  • 9 June 1995 (1995-06-09)
Running time
125 minutes

Avatharam (transl.Avatar) is a 1995 Indian Tamil-language musical film written and directed by Nassar, making his directorial debut. The film stars him and Revathi. The film, produced by Vaidyanathan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 9 June 1995 to critical acclaim.[1][2][3]


Kuppusamy (Nassar), an innocent man, dreams to perform in Pandi's (Delhi Ganesh) troupe, which performs in Hindu festivals. Baasi (Bala Singh) is expelled from the troupe for his bad behavior. Finally, Pandi accepts Kuppusamy into his troupe. The blind girl Ponnamma (Revathi), Pandi's daughter, falls in love with Kuppusamy. For some time, the festival's organizers prefer female dancers. Thereafter, Pandi dies during a stage performance, and the troupe splits up. Kuppusamy leaves the village with Ponnamma to become a cinema actor. There, they meet Baasi, and he accommodates them. Baasi then rapes and kills Ponnamma. Later, Kuppusamy is sent to a mental hospital, but he manages to escape. Kuppusamy is determined to take revenge on Baasi. Baasi, fearing for his life, seeks protection from the police in order to catch Kuppusamy. Kuppusamy first kills the policemen. A terrific and gruesome fight ensues between Kuppusamy and Baasi, in which Kuppusamy kills Baasi.



Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1995, features 6 tracks.[4][5][6][7] The song "Thendral Vanthu Theendumbothu" is set in Jaunpuri raga.[8]

All lyrics are written by Vaali, except where noted.

Track list
1."Arithaaratha Poosikolla Aasai"Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki5:53
2."Chandirarum Sooriyarum"Ilaiyaraaja6:09
3."Kanni Randil Etri Vaikkum"Chorus2:53
4."Oru Gundu Mani Kulunguthadi"Ilaiyaraaja5:01
5."Thendral Vanthu Theendumbothu"Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki Ganesh Manivannan5:24
6."Thondru Thottu Indru Varai" (Muthu Koothan)Malaysia Vasudevan5:32
Total length:30:52


The film received critical acclaim,[9] but bombed at the box office.[10][11]


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  8. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 162. OCLC 295034757.
  9. ^ Vijiyin, K. (26 June 1995). "Actor Nazer makes mark as director with Avathaaram". New Straits Times. p. 29.
  10. ^ Rajitha (1 September 1997). "'Direction is challenging, acting is soul-satisfying'". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Movie Review : Pop-carn". Sify. Archived from the original on 17 November 2003. Retrieved 2 September 2012.

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