Paayum Puli (1983 film)

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Paayum Puli
Paayum puli 1983.jpg
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byM. Kumaran
M. Saravanan
M. Balasubramanian
M. S. Guhan
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
R. N. Sudarshan
V. K. Ramasamy
Silk Smitha
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
Distributed byAVM Productions
Release date
14 January 1983
Running time
130 Minutes
Box office20 million (equivalent to 250 million or US$3.7 million in 2018)[1]

Paayum Puli (English: Pouncing Tiger) is a 1983 Tamil action film directed by S. P. Muthuraman and starring Rajinikanth and Radha. It was a blockbuster and completed a 133-day run at the box office. The movie was dubbed in Telegu as Debbaku Debba and Hindi as Fauladi Mukka (1985). The movie is inspired from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin .[2][3]


When a smuggler kills his sister, a naive, immature man (Rajinikanth) vows to deliver justice for her death and joins a martial arts school. He trains hard there to become a master fighter, honing his fighting skills. Taking on a new identity, Paayum Puli (Pouncing Tiger), he sets off for revenge, but the affection of a beautiful woman (Radha) soon puts a hitch in his plans. The fight sequences are much different which were composed by stunt coordinator Judo. K. K. Rathnam.



Bruce Lee was immensely popular throughout the world and his films were huge hits. Cashing on the huge success of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, S. P. Muthuraman and Panju Arunachalam designed the story of a helpless person who takes training in a martial arts school to avenge the death of his sister. Rajini worked hard on action scenes. Fight master Judo. K. K. Rathnam was appreciated for his innovative action scenes. Paayum Puli was a hat-trick success for Rajini-AVM-SPM combo.[4][5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali.[6] The disco song "Aadi Maasam" was well received and it was late remixed by Srikanth Deva in the film Thottupaar (2010).[7]

All tracks written by Vaali.

1."Appakada Annakili"Malaysia Vasudevan, P. Susheela3:20
2."Aadi Maasa Kaathadikka"S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki5:34
3."Pothukkittu Oothuthadi"Malaysia Vasudevan, P. Susheela4:25
4."Vaa Vaa Maama"S. Janaki4:32
Total length:17:51


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  5. ^ Ramachandran 2014, p. 147.
  6. ^ "Paayum Puli". Retrieved 21 November 2013.
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