|Directed by||Balu Mahendra|
|Story by||Akila Mahendra|
|Edited by||D. Vasu|
|28 June 1984|
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, 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.
- Thiagarajan as Arun
- Bhanu Chander as Ramu
- Archana as Radha
- Jaishankar as Muthulingam
- Silk Smitha as Arun's Girl Friend
- Poornima Bhagyaraj as Ramu and Arun's mother
- Y. G. Mahendran as James
- J. V. Somayajulu as music teacher
- Balan K. Nair as Stunt Master's friend./Uncle of Ramu and Arun
- Senthamarai as Stunt Master, Radha's father.
- Vanitha Krishnachandran
- Thengai Srinivasan as Director (Cameo)
- Madhan Bob as Keyboardist (Adiye Manam Nilluna Song)
- Master Sridahr also MGR Fight Master
Archana made her Tamil cinema debut with the film. The film unlike Mahendra's previous ventures was an "outright commercial picture". He later claimed that he made the film to prove his critics that he could make commercial films. Hence he titled the film Neengal Kettavai (What you asked for). A few scenes were shot at the VGP golden beach.
|Soundtrack album by|
- Tamil version
|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.
|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?). Despite the film's box-office success, Mahendra never opted to make more films of the same genre.
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