Enga Ooru Pattukaran

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Enga Ooru Pattukaran
Enga Ooru Pattukaran.jpg
Directed byGangai Amaran
Written bySangili Murugan
S. Gajendra Kumar (dialogues)
Produced byKalyani Murugan
CinematographyK. B. Dayalan
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Meenakshi Arts
Distributed bySri Sujatha Pictures
Release date
  • 14 April 1987 (1987-04-14)
Running time
120 minutes

Enga Ooru Pattukaran (transl. The singer of our town) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Gangai Amaran. The film stars Ramarajan, Rekha and Nishanthi, with Senthamarai, Vinu Chakravarthy, Senthil, Kovai Sarala and S. S. Chandran playing supporting roles. It was released on 14 April 1987. The film was a huge blockbuster at box office, making it as one of the highest grossing Tamil films of 1987. It gave a breakthrough for Ramarajan and Rekha. After this film, Ramarajan-Gangai Amaran duo were known as one of the successful duos in Tamil cinema then.[1][2]


Shenbagam, the daughter of a wealthy landlord, and Seethan, an orphan milkman, are in love but they do not express their love directly. Seethan has been brought up by Maruthamuthu. When Shenbagam's father decides to get her married to a rich man, she commits suicide. Seethan becomes distraught after his lover's death. Maruthamuthu steps in and arranges his marriage with the woman Kaveri. Seethan marries her but cannot forget Shenbagam.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Gangai Amaran.[3][4] The song "Madurai Marikozhundhu", set in the Carnatic raga Mayamalavagowla,[5] was reused as "Yamaho" in Telugu film Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990) and the song "Shenbagame" was reused as "Pavurama" in the Telugu film Aa Okkati Adakku (1992).[citation needed]

Track listing
1."Azhagi Nee Perazhagi"Mano4:58
2."Enga Ooru Pattukaran"Ilaiyaraaja4:28
3."Jinginakku Jinakku"Mano, S. Janaki4:32
4."Madura Marikkozhunthu"Mano, K. S. Chithra4:41
5."Paechi Paechi"Mano4:27
6."Shenbagame Shenbagame" (male)Mano4:32
7."Shenbagame Shenbagame" (female)Asha Bhosle7:42
8."Shenbagame Shenbagame" (duet)Mano, Sunanda4:27
Total length:39:47

Release and reception[edit]

Enga Ooru Pattukaran was released on 14 April 1987,[6] and distributed by Sri Sujatha Pictures.[7] The Indian Express criticised the storyline as "static". The reviewer went on to say, "Ilayaraja's brand of soporific tunes mostly in the lower register blend with the unassuming style of the film".[8] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki appreciated the cinematography, music and direction.[9]


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  2. ^ "Birthday wishes to Gangai Amaran". IndiaGlitz. 8 December 2006. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Enga Ooru Pattukkaran Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Enga Ooru Pattukaran". JioSaavn. 14 April 1987. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  5. ^ Kolappan, B. (25 December 2012). "Akademi welcomes the maestro". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Enga Ooru Pattukaran / எங்க ஊரு பாட்டுக்காரன்". Screen4Screen (in English and Tamil). Archived from the original on 19 November 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  7. ^ "எங்க ஊரு பாட்டுக்காரன்". Maalai Malar. 15 June 1987. p. 6. Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Unassuming". The Indian Express. 8 May 1987. p. 12. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (26 April 1987). "எங்க ஊரு பாட்டுக்காரன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 67. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.

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