Paattukku Oru Thalaivan

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Paattukku Oru Thalaivan
Paattukku Oru Thalaivan.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byLiaquat Ali Khan
Story byIbrahim Rowther
Produced byT. Siva
A. Tamil Fathima
Edited byG. Jayachandran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Tamilannai Cine Creation
Release date
17 March 1989
Running time
140 minutes

Paattukku Oru Thalaivan (transl. A leader for the song) is a 1989 Indian Tamil language romantic drama film, directed by Liaquat Ali Khan. The film stars Vijayakanth and Shobana. It was released on 17 March 1989.


The movie starts with Arivu fighting against some goons, where he meets Shanthi. He gets drunk and is confronted by his mother Shenbagam. When his best friend Vicky asks about his past, his mother tells his story.

In the flashback, Arivu is an innocent son of Veluchami, who is an atheist. Their family has troubles with local M.L.A Marudhanayagam. Arivu falls in love with his daughter Shanthi, who comes to the village for vacation. When Veluchami goes to Marudhanayagam's house with the alliance he is embarrassed by them, Shanthi also denies that she never loved his son. He dies in shock and Arivu is moved to Chennai. He became a drunkard to forget Shanthi.

Shanthi tries to convince Arivu that she is not guilty, but he never gives her a chance. Shenbagam meets with an accident and Shanthi saves her life by donating blood and even paying her hospital bills. Shanthi tells the truth to Shenbagam that she lied that day to save the life of Veluchami, who was surrounded by her fathers gunmen unknown to them. She tried to tell the truth and run away, but was caught and locked up in a room by her father.

Arivu, still not convinced, hates Shanthi. He learns the truth from his mother and also come to know that Shanthi's marriage has been fixed. Shanthi tries to commit suicide and is saved by Arivu.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1][2] The song "Ninaithathu Yaaro" was later used as the title for a 2014 film.[3]

Track listing
1."Ninaithathu Yaaro"Gangai AmaranMano and Jikki05:09
2."Ellorudaiya Vazhkaiyilum Oru Pombala" (version 2)IlaiyaraajaIlaiyaraaja04:21
3."Chitta Chitta Chinukku Than"Gangai AmaranMalaysia Vasudevan and chorus04:25
4."Azhagiya Nadhi Enna"Gangai AmaranS. P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. S. Chithra04:23
5."Isaiyile Naan Vasamaaginen"Gangai AmaranMalaysia Vasudevan and K. S. Chithra04:25
6."Ellorum Rasaanna Puthu Jananga"IlaiyaraajaMalaysia Vasudevan and chorus02:36
7."Ninaithathu Yaaro" (sad)Gangai AmaranMano and S. Janaki04:32
8."Ellorudaiya Vazhkaiyilum Oru Pombala" (version 1)IlaiyaraajaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:21
9."Paattukku Thalaiva² Naan Paduthuma" (bonus)IlaiyaraajaIlaiyaraaja02:58
Total length:37:10

Release and reception[edit]

Paattukku Oru Thalaivan was released on 17 March 1989.[4] P. S. S. of Kalki wrote Vijayakanth would have done better if he had paid even one tenth of the attention to the story and the character development instead of the fight scenes and the outfits.[5]


  1. ^ "Paattukku Oru Thalaivan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 28 March 2023. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  2. ^ "Paattukku Oru Thalaivan (1989)Tamil Super Hit Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Disco Music Center. Archived from the original on 28 March 2023. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  3. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (1 February 2014). "Ninaithadhu Yaaro: Love's labour lost". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Pattukku oru thalaivan ( 1989 )". Cinesouth. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  5. ^ பி. எஸ். எஸ். (9 April 1989). "பாட்டுக்கு ஒரு தலைவன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 43. Archived from the original on 31 July 2022. Retrieved 28 March 2023.

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