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
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
Release date
14 January 1983
Running time
130 Minutes
Box office20 million (equivalent to 270 million or US$3.8 million in 2019)[1]

Paayum Puli (transl. Pouncing tiger) is a 1983 Tamil-language martial arts film directed by S. P. Muthuraman and starring Rajinikanth and Radha. It was a commercial success and completed a 133-day run at the box office.[2] The movie is inspired from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Some scenes are also inspired by the James Bond thriller For Your Eyes Only.

The film narrates the tale of a meek young man who learns martial arts to seek vengeance from a gang of nefarious criminals who murdered his sister.


When a smuggler kills his sister, Bharani, a meek man 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 Revathy soon puts a hitch in his plans.



Cashing on the huge popularity of Bruce Lee and his martial arts films, S. P. Muthuraman and Panchu Arunachalam designed the story of a meek person who takes training in a martial arts school to avenge the death of his sister. Judo. K. K. Rathnam was the action choreographer,[3] and the film was inspired by The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978).[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali.[5] The disco song "Aadi Maasam" was well received and it was later remixed by Srikanth Deva in Thottupaar (2010).[6]

All tracks are 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


  1. ^ Sunita Raghu (4 May 2014). "The top 10 grossers so far". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
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  3. ^ Ramachandran 2014, p. 147.
  4. ^ Ghosh, Devarsi (29 May 2018). "Bruce Lee died in 1973, but Indian filmmakers refuse to let his memory fade". Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Paayum Puli (1983)". Music India Online. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
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