En Jeevan Paduthu

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En Jeevan Paduthu
En Jeevan Paduthu.jpg
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byPanchu Arunachalam
Written byR. Sundarrajan
Screenplay byR. Sundarrajan
Story byPanchu Arunachalam
Sudha Swarnalakshmi
Captain Raju
Chinni Jayanth
Kapil Dev
Santhana Bharathi
Pratap Pothan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byKrishna
Distributed byPanchu Associates
Release date
24 June 1988
Running time
132 mins

En Jeevan Paduthu (My Soul is singing) is a 1988 Tamil-language Indian feature film directed by R. Sundarrajan, [1] starring Karthik and Saranya in lead roles, supported by Sudha Swarnalakshmi, Captain Raju and Kapil Dev. The movie was dubbed into Telugu as "Akarshana", and some scenes were re-edited, as the Tamil version was not a box office success. However, the soundtrack was very popular, especially in Tamil.


Narmada (Saranya Ponvannan) joins a new college, as she feels so bored sitting alone in her house. Her father is a businessman. In college, she happens to see the paintings and books written by Surendran. She is very much fascinated by him, but unable to find him in college. She is shocked when she finds Surendran (Karthik Muthuraman) has already committed suicide. Narmada frequently visits his grave in the following days, and the ghost of Surendran appears, advising her to cease visiting his grave. Those around Narmada suspect that she is mentally ill, as nobody else can see Surendran. Surendran tells Narmada he was duped into love by his colleague Philomina (Sudha). He genuinely loved her, even converting to Christianity; Surendran's father dies, shocked at the conversion. Philomina proves unfaithful, and marries Dr. Vijay (Prathap Pothen), which results in Surendran committing suicide. Later it is revealed that Philomina dies during delivery. Anand (Kapil Dev), a rich businessman, becomes attracted to Narmada and asks for her hand in marriage. Narmada's father approves of this marriage proposal, but Narmada is against this alliance as she is in love with Surendran. Narmada's father forcefully announces the marriage, but she escapes from marriage hall and commits suicide to join with Surendran in the afterlife.



The music for this film was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The lyrics were written by Ilaiyaraaja and Panju Arunachalam.

Song Singers Duration[2]
"Aan Pillai Enraal Meesai" Chorus, S. Janaki, Mano 4:43
"Engirundho Azhaikkum" Lata Mangeshkar 4:34
"Engirundho Azhaikkum" Ilaiyaraaja 4:37
"Engirundho Azhaikkum" Mano, Lata Mangeshkar 2:57
"Kaadhal Vaanile S. Janaki 4:35
"Katti Vechukko Enthan Anbu Manasu" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki 4:42
"Mounam Yen Mounamey Vasantha Kaalama" Mano 4:37
"Ore Murai Un Dharisanam" S. Janaki 4:37


N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "Though director R. Sundarrajan is on very fragile ground and has to do some skating on thin ice playing the girl-ghost card as the audience sometimes tends to turn ghostbusters with catcalls, it is the humorous line — girl talking away to an invisible ghost to the incomprehension of her friends and these same friends in shivers when things seem suspended in thin air while the ghost is in fact holding them — that saves the day."[3]


  1. ^ http://www.cinesouth.com/cgi-bin/filmography/allCast.cgi?id=1158
  2. ^ http://www.thiraipaadal.com/albums/ALBIRR00135.html
  3. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (1 July 1988). "En Jeevan Paaduthu". The Indian Express. p. 5.

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