|Directed by||Balu Mahendra|
|Written by||Balu Mahendra|
|Story by||Akila Mahendra|
|Edited by||D. Vasu|
|28 June 1984|
Neengal Kettavai (lit. Listener's choice) is a 1984 Tamil 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.
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, 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 Jayaram as Ramu and Arun's Mother
- Y. Gee. Mahendra as James
- J. V. Somayajulu as music teacher
- Balan K. Nair
- Senthamarai as Stunt Master
- 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. Despite the film's box-office success, Mahendra never opted to make more films of the same genre.
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The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The album comprised six songs and was highly successful. The song "kanavu Kaanum" was exchanged by Ilayaraja from Kalyanji, who fell in love with 'Ilayanilaa pozhigiradhu...' song from the movie Payanangal Mudivadhillai. It was a mutual exchange of the musicians on the love of the composition. It is spread wrongly that the song "Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa" from the movie Upkar composed by Kalyanji Anandji was copied by Ilayaraja and used in Neengal Kettavai
|1||"Adiye Manam Nilluna"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Gangai amaran||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|
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