Neengal Kettavai

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Neengal Kettavai
Directed by Balu Mahendra
Produced by Filmco
Written by Balu Mahendra
Story by Akila Mahendra
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Balu Mahendra
Edited by D. Vasu
Release date
28 June 1984
Running time
132 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Neengal Kettavai (English: (lit.) Listener's choice) is a 1984 Tamil film written and directed by Balu Mahendra,[1] starring Thiagarajan, Bhanu Chander, Archana and Silk Smitha in major roles.[2][3] The film featured Jaishankar as the main antagonist in an extended cameo. Ilaiyaraaja's soundtrack and background score was highly acclaimed upon release.


Poornima Jayaram, a widow living in Ooty leads a peaceful life with her two sons. Jaishankar, a tourist who visits the place gets tempted and rapes her. In the act, Pornima dies leaving her two sons who witness the murder. The eldest son (Bhanu Chander) is raised by his maternal uncle while the younger brother (Thiagarajan) joins a blind music teacher as he has great interest in music. Years later he becomes a great singer. Meanwhile, his brother is trained effectively by his uncle learning martial arts with the intention of avenging the death of his mother as he very well remembers the culprit's face. With a turn of events leading to both sons joining together and take revenge for their mother's death forms the rest of the story.



Archana made her Tamil cinema debut through the film.[4] The film unlike Mahendra's previous ventures was an "outright commercial picture".[5] Mahendra later claimed that he made the film to prove to critics that he could make commercial films.[5] Despite being a box-office success, the film did not prompt Mahendra to make more films of the same genre.[5] A few scenes were shot at the VGP golden beach.[4]


Neengal Kettavai
Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1984 (1984)
Language Tamil

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The album comprised six songs and was highly successful.[6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Adiye Manam Nilluna S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 05:14
2 Kanavu Kaanum K. J. Yesudas Vairamuthu 05:18
3 Naane Raja S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Na. Kamarasan 04:25
4 Oh Vasantha Raaja S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Pulamaipithan 04:23
5 Pillai Nila (Lady) S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:20
6 Pillai Nila (Men) K. J. Yesudas 04:51


  1. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (26 June 1999). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. p. 108. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Off the beaten track". The Hindu. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ SR, Ashok Kumar (3 May 2007). "Good roles are hard to come by, says actor Archana". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b S.R., Ashok Kumar (3 May 2007). "Good roles are hard to come by, says actor Archana". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c G., Prasad (18 August 2007). "Off the beaten track". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Neengal Kettavai Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 

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