Paattu Padava

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Paattu Padava
Directed byB. R. Vijayalakshmi
Written byB. R. Vijayalakshmi
Sivaram Gandhi (dialogues)
Produced byP. Mohanraj
P. Dhanaraj
CinematographyB. R. Vijayalakshmi
Edited byT. Gunasekaran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Kiran Films
Release date
  • 10 February 1995 (1995-02-10)
Running time
145 minutes

Paattu Padava (transl. Shall I sing a song?) is a 1995 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by B. R. Vijayalakshmi in her debut. The film stars S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rahman and newcomer Lavanya Rajesh, with Janagaraj, Kalyan Kumar, Mohan Natarajan, Chinni Jayanth, Srividya, C. R. Saraswathi and Sabitha Anand playing supporting roles. It was released on 10 February 1995,[1] and was an average grosser at the box office.[2][3][4]


Rishi is a doctor in a mental hospital and treats his patients like his family. Rangarajan is the director of the mental hospital. Devi, daughter of a wealthy man, is a social worker and joyful woman. Murali acts like a mental patient and mute person in the mental hospital, only Rangarajan knows that he is perfectly fine.

Devi starts visiting the mental hospital very often. After few quarrels with Rishi, Devi becomes good friends with Rishi. She is intrigued by Murali and starts spending a lot of time with him. Murali slowly falls in one-sided love with Devi. While Rishi and Devi express their love and they fall in love with each other. Everything goes well until Devi finds out that Murali is perfectly alright. Rangarajan reveals Murali's tragic past to her.

In the past, Murali lived happily with his parents. His parents did love marriage and they didn't have the support of their family. One day, his mother Janaki was arrested for procurement and the complaint was made by his father Gangadharan. His father then fled of the village alone, Murali was down and out. People thought he was a mentally ill boy so they sent him to Rangarajan's mental hospital. Later, his mother died in jail. The kind-hearted Rangarajan decided to keep Murali in his mental hospital, he brought him like his own child.

Feeling hurt and vexed by life, Murali leaves the mental hospital without informing anyone. They finally find him in the street. Devi feels that Murali sings well, so she registers his name in a singing competition. At the singing competition, Murali sees his father Gangadharan in the audience. His father started in a new life and married a rich bride, he is now a business magnate. His father turns out to be Rishi's father too. Murali wins the competition, and becomes a playback singer, he wins many awards and he is now the most successful of Tamil cinema. Murali finally reveals to Rishi that he is in love with Devi. In the end, during the marriage of Murali and Devi, Murali recognises the love between Rishi and Devi. He sacrifices his love and gets them married.



The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali.[5]

Track Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Chinna Kanmanikkulle" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:44
2 "Vazhi Vidu Vazhi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Ilaiyaraaja 5:18
3 "Poongaatrile Oru Kaalai" Lekha, Malgudi Subha, Sindhu 4:57
4 "Nil Nil Nil" Ilaiyaraaja, Uma Ramanan 5:00
5 "Ada Va Va" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:09
6 "Iniya Gaanam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Arunmozhi, S. N. Surendar 5:51
7 "Paadura" K. S. Chithra 5:21


Thulasi of Kalki found Ilayaraja's music, art direction, costumes and cinematography as positives but called the story and unnecessary stunt as drawbacks.[6]


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  2. ^ "Tamil Movie News--1995 Review". 9 January 1996. Archived from the original on 9 April 2022. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ Malathi Rangarajan (27 March 2000). "Success for the asking". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ Malathi Rangarajan (2 May 2002). "A winning combination". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 September 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Paattu Paadava". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 26 September 2022. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  6. ^ துளசி (5 March 1995). "பாட்டு பாடவா". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 36. Archived from the original on 7 February 2023. Retrieved 8 February 2023.

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