Naan Paadum Paadal

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Naan Paadum Paadal
Naan Paadum Paadal.jpg
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Written byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byRajesh Khanna
A. Francis Xaviour
R. Palaniswamy
Edited byR. Baskaran
B. Krishnakumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Distributed byMotherland Pictures
Release date
  • 13 April 1984 (1984-04-13)

Naan Paadum Paadal (transl. The song I sing) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language film directed by R. Sundarrajan and produced by C. S. Rajesh Khanna, A. Francis Xaviour and R. Palanisamy. The film stars Sivakumar, Mohan, Ambika and Pandiyan. The film had musical score by Ilayaraja.[1] The film was remade in Telugu as Mangalya Bandham (1985).[2]


Gowri (Ambika) is a widowed school teacher who lives with her in-laws. Subramani (Sivakumar) moves into the same housing complex to stay with his nephew Selvam (Pandiyan) while he writes his newest novel. He writes under the name CRS and happens to be Gowri's favorite 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 (Mohan). 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 behavior 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.



Sivakumar worked as Ambika's makeup artist during the filming of the climax.[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]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Paadavaa Un Paadalai" S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:21
2 "Devan Kovil" S. N. Surendar, S. Janaki Muthulingam 04:22
3 "Machane Vatchikodi" Gangai Amaran, S. P. Sailaja Vaali 5:08
4 "Paadum Vanambadi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam N. Kama Rajan 4:06
5 "Seer Kondu Vaa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 5:24
6 "Devan Kovil (Solo)" S. Janaki Muthulingam 04:09
7 "Paadava Un Paadalai (Pathos)" S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:31


  1. ^ "Naan Paadum Paadal". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
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  3. ^ "When Sivakumar turned makeup man for actress Ambika for the climax of a film". The Times of India. 5 August 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Naan Paadum Paadal Tamil FIlm LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  5. ^ Gopalakrishnan, P. V. (17 July 2017). "Filmy Ripples- Exotic Instruments in Film music – Part 3". The Cinema Resource Centre. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 151.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 127.


  • 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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