Neengal Kettavai

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Neengal Kettavai
Neengal Kattavai poster.JPG
Vinyl cover
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Story byAkila Mahendra
Produced byFilmco
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byD. Vasu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
28 June 1984
Running time
132 minutes

Neengal Kettavai (transl. What you asked for) is a 1984 Tamil-language film written and directed by Balu Mahendra. It stars Thiagarajan, Bhanu Chander, Archana and Silk Smitha in major roles,[1] while Jaishankar had an extended cameo as the antagonist. The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was commercially successful at the time of release.


Poornima Bhagyaraj , a widow living in Ooty, leads a peaceful life with her two sons. Jaishankar, a tourist who visits the place rapes her. In the act, Poornima 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 with the film.[1] The film unlike Mahendra's previous ventures was an "outright commercial picture".[2] He later claimed that he made the film to prove his critics that he could make commercial films.[2] Hence he titled the film Neengal Kettavai (What you asked for). A few scenes were shot at the VGP golden beach.[1]


Neengal Kettavai
Soundtrack album by
Released1984 (1984)

The soundtrack was comprised by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] The song "Kanavu Kaanum" is based on "Kasme Vaade" from Upkaar. This song is in Harikhambhodhi raaga.[4]

Tamil version
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
Telugu version

This film was dubbed into Telugu as Kodama Simhalu.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Nene Raja" Ravichandra L. Aathma Rao 03:53
2 "Edhi Paapam Edhi Shaapam" Ramakrishna Rajashri 04:25
3 "Edhi Bomma Muddula Gumma" Chinna, Padma L. Aathma Rao 04:58
4 "Poochendulo Viruyu" P. Susheela Rajashri 04:13
5 "O Vasantha Raagam" P. Susheela, Radha Mohan L. Aathma Rao 04:06
6 "Poochendulo Viruyu – Sad" Ramakrishna Rajashri 04:39


A Tamil magazine caustically commented, "Balu Mahendra, idhaiyaa naangal kettom?" (Balu Mahendra, did we ask for this?).[6] Despite the film's box-office success, Mahendra never opted to make more films of the same genre.[2]


  1. ^ a b c S.R., Ashok Kumar (3 May 2007). "Good roles are hard to come by, says actor Archana". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 May 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Prasad, G. (18 August 2007). "Off the beaten track". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 November 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Neengal Kettavai (1984)". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik. "Ilayaraja [Tamil]". ItwoFS. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Kodama Simhalu". Spotify. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  6. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (19 June 2011). "Bullet-point Report: "Avan Ivan"". Baradwaj Rangan. Retrieved 26 April 2021.

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