|Story by||K. Soma Sundareswaran|
|Produced by||S. Padmini|
|Cinematography||M. C. Sekar|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Panneer Pushpangal (transl. Fragrant Flowers) is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language romance film jointly directed by Santhana Bharathi and P. Vasu in their directorial debut. The film stars Pratap, Venniradai Moorthy and newcomers Suresh Kumar and Shanthi Krishna. It was released on 3 July 1981.
Panneer Pushpangal is a love story between Aravind Prabhu and Uma supported by their teacher Prem.
- Pratap as Prem
- Venniradai Moorthy as the hostel warden
- Suresh as Aravind Prabhu
- Shanthi Krishna as Uma
- Jr. Manohar as Babu
- Archana as Uma's mother
During an impromptu discussion, K. Somasundareswaran had narrated the story of two convent students coming of age to Gangai Amaran. Moved by the tale, Amaran gave the directorial opportunity to P. Vasu and Santhana Bharathi at the helm. Vasu, son of make-up man Peethambaram and Santhana Bharathi, son of producer M. R. Santhanam, made their directorial debuts with this film. According to Amaran, "The idea of the story came out of friendly banter".
A photographer friend of Suresh Kumar's father opined that Suresh could make it as a lead actor and with a portfolio, Suresh approached director C. V. Sridhar to feature in his films, but his effort went in vain. He then met Bharathi and Vasu who decided to cast him in Panneer Pushpangal, while simultaneously he was cast in the lead role in Bharathiraja's Alaigal Oivathillai presenting him with a dilemma of which film to choose; he chose the former. The film also marked the Tamil debut of Shanthi Krishna.
The film was shot at The Laidlaw Memorial School of St. George's Homes, Ketti, in the Nilgiris.
Panneer Pushpangal deals with adolescent love, a theme that was not frequently explored in 1980s Tamil cinema.
|Film score by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
Tamil (original) version
Lyrics were written by Gangai Amaran. The song "Ananda Raagam" is set in Simhendramadhyamam raga, and "Vengaya Sambarum" is set in Shanmukhapriya. Ilaiyaraja later reused "Ananda Ragam" as "Saara Yeh Aalam" in Shiva (2006).
|1.||"Kodai Kaala Kaatre"||Malaysia Vasudevan||5:11|
|2.||"Aanandha Raagam"||Uma Ramanan||4:26|
|3.||"Poonthalir Aada"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:45|
|4.||"Vengaya Sambarum"||Deepan Chakravarthy, S. N. Surendar, T. K. S. Kalaivanan||4:36|
Telugu (dubbed) version
|1.||"Navvulalona"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:38|
|2.||"Anandha Ragam"||P. Susheela||4:15|
|3.||"Kondagali Thirige"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:31|
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