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Ethir Kaatru

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Ethir Kaatru
Title card
Directed byMuktha S. Sundar
Screenplay byMuktha Srinivasan
Story bySubha
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 (transl. Headwind) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language thriller film, directed by Muktha S. Sundar and produced by Muktha Srinivasan. The film stars Karthik and Kanaka. It 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.[2]



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.





The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3][4]

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


  1. ^ "எதிர் காற்று / Ethir Kaatru (1990)". Screen 4 Screen. Archived from the original on 7 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  2. ^ Francis, Alfred (28 July 2021). "32 Years of Artham: Sathyan Anthikkad classics you must not miss". OTTPlay. Archived from the original on 31 August 2023. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Ethir Kaatru (1990)". Music India Online. Archived from the original on 5 January 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Ethir Kaatru". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 16 June 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2022.