Paadu Nilave

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Paadu Nilave
Paadu Nilave.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Rangaraj
Screenplay byM. G. Vallaban
Story byR. Selvaraj
Produced byIlango
CinematographyDinesh Baboo
Edited bySrinivas Krishna
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Krishnalaya Productions
Distributed byMoogambigai Cine Distributors[1]
Release date
  • 15 May 1987 (1987-05-15)
Running time
120 minutes

Paadu Nilave (transl. Oh Moon, please sing) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language romantic musical film, directed by K. Rangaraj and written by M. G. Vallaban from a story by R. Selvaraj. The film stars Mohan and Nadhiya, with Ravichandran, Senthil, Vennira Aadai Moorthy, J. V. Somayajulu, A. R. Srinivasan and Typist Gopu in supporting roles. It was released on 15 May 1987 and became a commercial success.


Balakrishnan "Balu" is a die hard fan of singer Sangeetha. By chance Sangeetha visits Balakrishnan's village for a vacation. When he tries to meet her, he is continuously ragged and insulted by her and her assistants. One day when Sangeetha hears him sing near a beach, she realises his talent and also learns about his struggles. They become good friends and Sangeetha wishes to stay in the village for longer. However her father comes and immediately takes her back to Chennai for her singing events and she leaves without informing Balakrishnan. Balakrishnan heartbroken goes to Chennai in search of her and finally when he reaches her home, he gets insulted. On that day he decides to take revenge on her by becoming a popular singer just like her. He is helped by a policeman who suggests that he learn singing from a man in jail. So Balu goes to the jail where he finds the man to be his father. But he does not reveal the truth in fear of being unable to learn from his father.

After learning proper music he becomes a good singer. He meets Sangeetha while in jail where she comes to sing in a function. He sings in front of her and she becomes very happy while he remains angry. She later gives him the chance to begin his career as a singer at her own studio and he becomes famous. Now she meets singer Balu at his house but he insults her the same way she did at her house. She then tells all the truth that she insulted him to protect him from her money minded father. He then acts as if he believed her and embraces her while planning his revenge. They get married and the next day Balu leaves her at her home. When enquired about why he behaves so, he says he did it all to take revenge on her and her father. It is revealed that Sangeetha's father killed Balu's sister and his innocent father was framed for the same and sent to jail. Balu challenges Sangeetha for a music competition with the condition that the loser should never sing again. Her father decides to kill Balu on the day of the competition. All the efforts to prevent this go in vain and the competition begins. Both of them sing fabulously and in the end, Sangeetha gets injured while protecting Balu and her father is shot dead by the police. He gives a last statement that Balu's father is innocent and he is the killer. Balu's father is released from the jail. Balu and Sangeetha finally unite.



Paadu Nilave was directed by K. Rangaraj and produced by Ilango. The film's screenplay was written by M. G. Vallaban from a story by R. Selvaraj. Cinematography was handled by Dinesh Baboo and Srinivas Krishna.[2]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali.[3][4] The song "Malaiyoram Veesum Kaathu" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Keeravani,[5][6] and "Vaa Veliye" is set in Shubhapantuvarali.[7][8]

Track listing
1."Kuthamma Nellu Kuthu"K. S. Chithra, Chorus4:27
2."Malaiyoram Veesum Kaathu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:57
3."Kokkarako Koovura"Mano, K. S. Chithra4:44
4."Malaiyoram Veesum Kathu" (male)S. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:12
5."Paadungal Paattu Paadungal"K. S. Chithra, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:10
6."Chithirai Maadhathu Nilavu"Mano, K. S. Chithra4:30
7."Vaa Veliyae Ilam Poonguyile"Mano, K. S. Chithra6:33
8."Malaiyoram Veesum Kathu" (female)K. S. Chithra1:13
Total length:31:46

Release and reception[edit]

Paadu Nilave was released on 15 May 1987.[9] The following week, The Indian Express wrote, "This thoroughly contrived storyline banks itself eagerly on the revenge element, and coming to think of it, its essential structure bears many similarities to last year's hit Amman Kovil Kizhakale."[10] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote that, despite dealing with an old wine of an ordinary fan transforming into an top singer, the way screenplay has been stitched by adding elements like accused father, deceased sister and the long lost son it makes the mix more better. He also praised Mohan-Nadia's pairing, ARS's performance and the cinematography but panned the climax, calling it absurd in an otherwise balanced plot.[11] The film was commercially successful.[12][13]


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  5. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 141.
  6. ^ Mani, Charulatha (26 April 2013). "Harmonious symmetry". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (17 February 2012). "A Raga's Journey — Sorrowful Subhapantuvarali". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 164.
  9. ^ "Paadu Nilaavae [sic]". The Indian Express. 15 May 1987. p. 4. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Paadu Nilaave [sic]". The Indian Express. 22 May 1987. p. 12. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  11. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (7 June 1987). "பாடு நிலாவே". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 55. Archived from the original on 15 August 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  12. ^ Sangita (30 January 2008). "Nadia spelt fun". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 July 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  13. ^ "ராஜா ராஜாதான் தொடர் – சிவக்குமார் 14–02–18". Dinamalar (in Tamil). Nellai. 13 February 2018. Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)


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