|Directed by||Manoj Kumar|
|Written by||Manoj Kumar|
|Produced by||K. Balu|
|Edited by||P. Mohanraj|
K. B. Films
|Distributed by||K. B. Films|
|15 January 1992|
Pandithurai is a 1992 Tamil language drama film directed by Manoj Kumar. The film features Prabhu and Khushbu in lead roles. The film had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 15 January 1992. The film was remade in Telugu as Bava Bavamaridi (1993) with Suman, Hindi as Bandhan (1998) with Salman Khan and in Kannada as Baava Baamaida (2001) with Shivrajkumar. The film completed a 100-day run.
A few years later, Pandithurai becomes an uneducated angry youth but respects Malaisamy more than anything. Malaisamy's daughter Muthulakshmi (Khushbu) 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 (Silk Smitha), 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.
- Prabhu as Pandithurai
- Khushbu as Muthulakshmi
- Radha Ravi as Malaisamy
- Manorama as Pandithurai's mother
- Sumithra as Pandithurai's sister
- Silk Smitha as Chinthamani
- Goundamani as Mayilsamy
- Senthil as Chola
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Narasimma, Sindamani's brother
- Major Sundarrajan
- Ajay Rathnam as Rudramani
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Sa Re Ga Ma
|1||"Aana Solli Kodutha"||Mano||Vaali||4:59|
|2||"Enna Marantha"||K. S. Chithra, Mano||Gangai Amaran||5:03|
|3||"Ennaipaarthu"||K. S. Chithra||Piraisoodan||5:12|
|4||"Kaana Karunkuyil"||S. P. Balasubramaniam, Swarnalatha||Vaali||4:48|
|5||"Maalaiyitta Ponn"||Malaysia Vasudevan||Piraisoodan||4:38|
|6||"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".
- Mannath, Malini (1 January 1993). "Run-of-the-mill fare". The Indian Express. p. 7.
- "Paandithoorai - Illayaraja". thiraipaadal.com. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Find Tamil Movie Pandithurai". jointscene.com. Retrieved 30 April 2012.