Ethir Kaatru

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Ethir Kaatru
LP Vinyl Records Cover
Directed byMuktha S. Sundar
Screenplay byMuktha Srinivasan
Story bySubha
Based onEthir Kaatru by
Produced byMuktha Srinivasan
CinematographyMukta S. Sundar
Edited byP. Mohanraj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Muktha Films
Release date
  • 7 December 1990 (1990-12-07)
Running time
140 minutes

Ethir Kaatru is a 1990 Tamil-language thriller film, directed by Muktha S. Sundar. The film features Karthik and Kanaka . The film, produced by Muktha Srinivasan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 7 December 1990.[1] The film is based on the Malayalam film Artham, which is in turn based on the Tamil novel Ethir Kaatru, written by Subha (writers).


Ram Narendran (Karthik), a rich orphan youth, decides to put an end to his life. Waiting in the railway track, he sees another man there who tries to jump on the railway track and Ram Narendran saves him. This person is Jana (Anand Babu), he lives with his parents (Ra. Sankaran and M. N. Rajam) and his little sister Geetha (Chithra). Jana was a jobless youth and he got a job as a manager in a chit fund company with Madhavan's help (a family friend) and paid a big amount to join the company. Later, the company ripped off his clients: Madhavan cheated him. The clients threatened the innocent Jana and they put pressure on him to pay back them. Angry, Jana killed Madhavan, so he decides to commit suicide.

Ram Narendran decides to surrender instead of him and goes to the jail happily. Jana has a guilty conscience and he appoints S. Chandrasekaran (V. K. Ramasamy), a lawyer, to bail Narendran out of jail. However, Narendran would rather sacrifice his life without goals than Jana's life. Later, Jana meets Devaraj (Anandaraj), the chit fund company's head, and his partners: Maasi (Livingston), a politician's cousin, and a police officer's son (Crazy Venkatesh). Jana challenges Devaraj to punish them. The next day, Jana's dead body is found on a railway track.

S. Chandrasekaran then publishes Ram Narendran's book and it turns out to be a huge success. Anita (Kanaka), a journalist, tries to meet him. Anita and S. Chandrasekaran bail Ram Narendran out of jail. Ram Narendran cannot accept that Jana committed suicide, so Anita and Ram Narendran start to investigate Jana's mysterious death.



Ethir Kaatru
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1990, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Ilaiyaraaja and Vaali.[2][3][4]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Ingu Irukkum" Uma Ramanan Vaali 4:56
2 "Koondai Vittu" K. J. Yesudas 4:43
3 "Nee Ulla Poranthu" Malaysia Vasudevan Ilaiyaraaja 4:48
4 "Raja Illa" Arunmozhi, Uma Ramanan Vaali 4:57
5 "Saamiyaaraa Ponavanukku" Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja 4:25


  1. ^ "Filmography of edhir kaatru". Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Ethir Kaatru Songs". Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Ethir Kaatru - Illayaraja". Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Ethir Kaatru". Retrieved 25 November 2012.