|Directed by||B. R. Vijayalakshmi|
|Produced by||P. Mohanraj|
|Written by||B. R. Vijayalakshmi|
Sivaram Gandhi (dialogues)
|Cinematography||B. R. Vijayalakshmi|
|Edited by||T. Gunasekaran|
Paattu Padava (English: Shall I sing a song) is a 1995 Tamil romantic drama film directed by B. R. Vijayalakshmi making her directorial debut and remains her only film directed so far. The film features S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rahman and newcomer Lavanya in the lead roles, with Janagaraj, Kalyan Kumar, Mohan Natarajan, Chinni Jayanth, Srividya, C. R. Saraswathi and Sabitha Anand playing supporting roles. The film, produced by P. Mohanraj and P. Dhanaraj, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 10 February 1995. The film was an average grosser at the box office.
Rishi (Rahman) is a doctor in a mental hospital and treats his patients like his family. Rangarajan (Janagaraj) is the director of the mental hospital. Devi (Lavanya), daughter of a wealthy man (Kalyan Kumar), is a social worker and joyful woman. Murali (S. P. Balasubrahmanyam) is acting 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 (Sabitha Anand) 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 comes to know about love between Rishi and Devi. He sacrifices his love and gets them married.
- S. P. Balasubrahmanyam as Murali
- Rahman as Rishi
- Lavanya as Devi
- Janagaraj as Rangarajan
- Kalyan Kumar as Devi's father
- Mohan Natarajan as Gangadharan
- Chinni Jayanth as Romeo
- Srividya as Rishi's mother
- C. R. Saraswathi as Devi's mother
- Sabitha Anand as Janaki
- Kavithalaya Krishnan
- Typist Gopu as Naidu
- Master Kiran Pradeep
- Baby Divya as Divya
- Master Pradeep
- Bonda Mani
- Khushboo in a guest appearance
- M. S. Viswanathan as himself (cameo appearance)
- Gangai Amaran as himself (cameo appearance)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||'Chinna Kanmanikkulle'||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:44|
|2||'Vazhi Vidu Vazhi'||Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||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||5:51|
|7||'Paadura'||K. S. Chithra, Malgudi Subha||5:21|
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