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Naan Paadum Paadal

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Naan Paadum Paadal
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Written byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byRajesh Khanna
A. Francis Xavier
R. Palaniswamy
Edited byR. Baskaran
B. Krishnakumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Motherland Pictures
Release date
  • 14 April 1984 (1984-04-14)

Naan Paadum Paadal (transl. The song I sing) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language film written and directed by R. Sundarrajan. The film stars Sivakumar, Mohan, Ambika and Pandiyan. It was released on 14 April 1984.[1] The film was remade in Telugu as Mangalya Bandham (1985).[citation needed]


Gowri is a widowed school teacher who lives with her in-laws. Subramani moves into the same housing complex to stay with his nephew Selvam while he writes his newest novel. He writes under the name CRS and happens to be Gowri's favourite author though she is unaware of his identity. Due to some general misunderstandings, she is initially suspicious of Subramani. On the other hand, he finds Gowri to be intriguing and learns about her past. She was a singer who had fallen in love with a doctor, Anand. With both families' approval, they marry but Anand dies in an accident three days after the wedding. Heartbroken, she gives up singing and has found solace with Anand's family, reading CRS' novels and in teaching children. Gowri soon learns that Subramani is CRS and melts considerably towards him. She sees him as a friend and is often protective of him. Her family notice this change in behaviour and begin to consider the possibility of her marrying Subramani. He is also interested in marrying her but is unsure of her decision. Ultimately, Gowri must decide on which path to continue her life.

Trivia: In the movie, Ambika is singing her first solo song and Mohan is trying to reach the Recording studio. While driving he meets with an accident and dies. Director Sundarrajan in one of his interview quotes that it is a real incident. It happened with a singer who sang 'Nee varuvai ena naan Irunnthen'. When she was recording that song, her first song she was expecting her husband to reach the recording theatre. But tragically the husband dies at Delhi while going to the Airport. This was told by Sundarrajan to Kutty Padmini in an interview. Link of interview : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWiHq_PCFik



Sivakumar worked as Ambika's makeup artist during the filming of the climax.[2] According to Kovaithambi, they had decided two endings for the film which led to confusion over which to choose; it was Ilaiyaraaja who chose the end which was featured in the film.[3]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4] The song "Paadava Un Paadalai" uses the conga, a percussion commonly used in Afro-Cuban genres.[5] The song "Paadum Vanambadi" is set in the raga known as Patdeep,[6] while "Devan Kovil" is set in Yamunakalyani.[7]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Paadavaa Un Paadalai" S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:21
"Devan Kovil" S. N. Surendar, S. Janaki Muthulingam 04:22
"Machane Vatchikodi" Gangai Amaran, S. P. Sailaja Vaali 5:08
"Paadum Vanambadi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Na. Kamarasan 4:06
"Seer Kondu Vaa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 5:24
"Devan Kovil (Solo)" S. Janaki Muthulingam 04:09
"Paadava Un Paadalai (Pathos)" S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:31


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote Sundarrajan can be praised for many things, for the way the poignant story has been told elegantly, for creating characters that stand out in the mind and not rushing till the intermission to insert songs.[8]


  1. ^ "ஒரே வருடத்தில் மோகன் 15 படங்கள்; ஒரேநாளில் 3 படம் ரிலீஸ்; அத்தனையும் ஹிட்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). 5 December 2019. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  2. ^ "When Sivakumar turned makeup man for actress Ambika for the climax of a film". The Times of India. 5 August 2020. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ "புரட்சித்தலைவர் புகழ் பரப்பும் படங்களை எடுப்பதே என் லட்சியம்". Anna (in Tamil). 24 March 1986. p. 4. Retrieved 30 May 2024 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ "Naan Paadum Paadal Tamil FIlm LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 8 November 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  5. ^ Gopalakrishnan, P. V. (17 July 2017). "Filmy Ripples- Exotic Instruments in Film music – Part 3". The Cinema Resource Centre. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 151.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 127.
  8. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (29 April 1984). "நான் பாடும் பாடல்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 60. Archived from the original on 21 February 2023. Retrieved 18 April 2024 – via Internet Archive.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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