Pagal Nilavu

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Pagal Nilavu
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by G. Saravanan
Written by Mani Ratnam
A. L. Narayanan (dialogues)
Starring Murali
Sarath Babu
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Ramachandra Babu
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Sathya Jyothi Films
Distributed by Sathya Jyothi Films
Release dates
5 June 1985
Running time
141 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office $50,000

Pagal Nilavu (Tamil: பகல் நிலவு; English: Moon at Noon) (1985) is a Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam. It is about a carefree youth caught between his loyalty to a mafia don and his love for a cop's sister. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The cinematography of the film was handled by Ramachandra Babu.This film marked Mani Ratnam's entry into Tamil cinema. Pagal Nilavu failed at the box office.


Pagal Nilavu is in essence the story of Selvam(Murali) an aimless youth in Muttam(Kanyakumari Dist) who out of a sense of deep gratitude ends up joining the gang of Devaraj aka Periyavar(Sathyaraj) and the complications which arise when he falls in love with Jyothi(Revathi), the sister of Robert Manohar(Sarat Babu) an honest and committed police inspector who is newly posted to the town. Periyavar pretty much runs the town and though he helps people in need, he is a diabolical kingpin who will not compromise on his hold of the town for anything. He wins Selvam’s undying loyalty when he helps him with money and power at a critical juncture to save his mother. In this backdrop Robert takes charge and moves into the town with his sister and daughter. Being uncompromising in his morals, Robert is automatically drawn into a game of oneupmanship with Periyavar and his gang. He also consequentially cannot stand Periyavar’s chief henchman Selvam, and is consequentially drawn into continuous verbal and physical duels with him. Selvam meanwhile falls hook line and sinker to Jyothi(Revathi) and tries every trick in the book to woo her and eventually wins.



The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Maina Maina Ilaiyaraaja Gangai Amaran 04:23
2 Nee Appothu Malaysia Vasudevan, S. P. Sailaja 04:24
3 Poo Maalayae Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki 04:21
4 Poovilae Medai P. Jayachandran, P. Susheela 02:39
5 Vaarayo Vaanmathi Ramesh, Usha Srinivasan 04:33
6 Vaidhegi Raman S. Janaki 04:22


  1. ^ "Pagal Nilavu Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 

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