Pagalil Oru Iravu

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Pagalil Oru Iravu
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Directed byI. V. Sasi
Screenplay byMahendran
Story bySheriff
Produced byRamachandran
CinematographyN. A. Thara
Edited byK. Narayanan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Murali Movies
Release date
  • 15 August 1979 (1979-08-15)

Pagalil Oru Iravu (transl. A night in the day; also spelled Pakalil Oru Iravu) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language film directed by I. V. Sasi, starring Vijayakumar, Sridevi, Seema and Ravikumar. It is a remake of Sasi's own Malayalam film Aalinganam (1976), also starring Sridevi.[1] The film was released on 15 August 1979.[2]


Rajee, a doctor, has a love interest in her cousin, Vinod, but, unfortunately for, Vinod loves Bindhu, a shy and down-to-earth girl. Rajee sacrifices her love and so, Vinod marries Bindhu. Bindhu's mother hides some truth about Bindhu to others. Everything goes well for Bindhu and she becomes pregnant but she falls down the stairs and has a miscarriage. Following this, she experiences frightening dreams and she is diagnosed to be suffering from retrograde hysteria. Ramesh, brother of Rajee, who returns from abroad, is shocked to see Bindhu and he recollects the past. Once during the adolescent days, Bindhu encounters Ramesh while targeting mangoes. Injured and unconscious, Ramesh is given first aid by Bindhu by tearing a piece of her short gown. Ramesh is attracted to her and unknowingly, Bindhu loses her virginity to Ramesh. Not knowing whom he was, she gets pregnant. Her mother takes her to a hill-side village to obtain an abortion by native treatment, due to which she loses memory of her adolescent age.

Bindhu, who is being treated for hysteria, frequently returns to a hysteric state more often. In the desire to know about her past, Major Sundarrajan compels her mother to reveal the truth. He informs Rajee about her past and she cures Bindhu. A few days later, Vinod takes Bindhu to a hill resort to bring about a change in her. There, Bindhu witnesses the women who aborted her, gets hysterical and becomes unconscious. Vinod learns the truth and he disowns her. After she recovers, she returns, but Vinod isn't ready to accept her as he feels that she has cheated him by hiding the truth. But Ramesh admits that he was the culprit behind her condition and commits suicide. Finally, Vinod understands the truth and accepts Bindhu as his wife.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and the lyrics were written by Kannadasan.[4][5] Vipin Nair of The Hindu said the film "had a fine soundtrack from Ilayaraja penned by Kannadasan", and was particularly appreciative of "Ilamai Enum Poongaatru".[6] The song was later re-used in Pagadi Aattam (2017).[7]

Song Singers Length
"Kalaiyo Silaiyo Ithu Ponmaan Nila" Jayachandran 4:02
"Thaamtha Theemtha Aadum" S. Janaki 5:13
"Ponnaram Poovaram" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:15
"Ilamai Enum Poongaatru" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:27
"Thottam Konda Rasave" Ilaiyaraaja, Jency 5:13


Kalki appreciated the film for its innovative storyline, visuals, songs, cast performances and Sasi's direction.[8]


  1. ^ Nayak, Satyarth (2019). Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess. India: Penguin Random House. p. 63. ISBN 9789353056780.
  2. ^ Mahendran (2013) [2004]. சினிமாவும் நானும் [Cinema and I] (in Tamil). Karpagam Publications. p. 344. OCLC 54777094.
  3. ^ "Sridevi : A Dreamgirl to a Dream that ended soon!". APHerald. 26 February 2018. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Pagalil Oru Iravu Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayraraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Pagalil Oru Iravu (1979)". Archived from the original on 23 December 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ Nair, Vipin (26 February 2018). "The song-n-dance about her". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (18 February 2017). "Pagadi Aattam movie review: A one time watch for Rahman's cop act". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ "பகலில் ஒரு இரவு". Kalki (in Tamil). 2 September 1979. p. 52. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.

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