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Directed byManoj Kumar
Written byManoj Kumar
Produced byK. Balu
Edited byP. Mohanraj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
K. B. Films
Release date
  • 15 January 1992 (1992-01-15)
Running time
150 minutes

Pandithurai is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Manoj Kumar. The film stars Prabhu and Khushbu. It was released on 15 January 1992,[1] and completed a 100-day run.[2] The film was remade in Telugu as Bava Bavamaridi (1993),[3] in Hindi as Bandhan (1998), and in Kannada as Baava Baamaida (2001).[4]


Pandithurai left his mother and his father to live with his newlywed sister and his rich brother-in-law Malaisamy.

A few years later, Pandithurai becomes an uneducated angry youth but respects Malaisamy more than anything. Malaisamy's daughter Muthulakshmi who studied in the city comes back to her village. She then falls in love with Pandithurai. Malaisamy, who is respected among the villagers, has a secret relationship with Sindamani, a stage dancer. Pandithurai tries to stop their relationship but he fails and Malaisamy evicts him from his house.

The rest of the story is how Pandithurai punished his brother-in-law and married Muthulakshmi.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali, Gangai Amaran and Piraisoodan.[5]

Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
"Aana Solli Kodutha" Mano Vaali 4:59
"Enna Marantha" K. S. Chithra, Mano Gangai Amaran 5:03
"Ennaipaarthu" K. S. Chithra Piraisoodan 5:12
"Kaana Karunkuyil" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha Vaali 4:48
"Maalaiyitta Ponn" Malaysia Vasudevan Piraisoodan 4:38
"Malliye Chinna Mullaiyae" Mano, Swarnalatha Gangai Amaran 5:14


The Indian Express wrote, "The script [..] and dialogues [..] exploit the poignant turns that are likely to be faced by a tradition-bound family in a village".[6] C. R. K. of Kalki wrote that even actors could not rescue the film because of its outdated plot and direction.[7]


  1. ^ "பாண்டித்துரை / Pandithurai (1992)". Screen 4 Screen. Archived from the original on 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  2. ^ Mannath, Malini (1 January 1993). "Run-of-the-mill fare". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 8 October 2016 – via Google News Archive.
  3. ^ "Thirteen Blockbuster films of 'Rebel Star' UV Krishnam Raju". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 September 2022. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  4. ^ Arunachalam, Param. BollySwar: 1991–2000. Mavrix Infotech. p. 873. ISBN 978-81-938482-1-0.
  5. ^ "Pandithurai Tamil Film Audio Cassette by Ilayaraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  6. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (7 February 1992). "Pandidurai". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 8 January 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  7. ^ சி.ஆர்.கே. (23 February 1992). "பாண்டித்துரை". Kalki (in Tamil). pp. 40–41. Archived from the original on 10 March 2023. Retrieved 13 December 2022 – via Internet Archive.

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