Panneer Pushpangal

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Panneer Pushpangal
Panneer Pushpangal.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byBharathi-Vasu
Produced byPadmini
Written byK. Soma Sundareswaran
StarringPratap K. Pothen
Venniradai Moorthy
Shanthi Krishna
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyM. C. Sekar
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Hemachitra Arts
Distributed byPadmini Productions
Release date
  • 3 July 1981 (1981-07-03)

Panneer Pushpangal (transl. Fragrant Flowers) is a 1981 Tamil-language Indian romance film directed by Bharathi-Vasu in their directorial debut. It is loosely based on the 1979 film A Little Romance.[2]


Panneer Pushpangal is a love story between Suresh and Shantikrishna supported by their teacher Prathap Pothen.




During an impromptu discussion, K. Rajeswar had narrated the story of two convent students coming of age to Gangai Amaran. Moved by the tale, Gangai Amaran gave the directorial opportunity to P. Vasu and Santhana Bharathi at the helm.[3] Vasu, son of make up man Peethambaram and Santhanabharathi, son of producer M. R. Santhanam, made their directorial debuts with this film.[4][5] According to Amaran, "The idea of the story came out of friendly banter".[6]


A photographer friend of Suresh'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 director duo Santhana Bharathi and P. Vasu who decided to cast him their venture, Panneer Pushpangal, while simultaneously he was cast in the lead role in P. Bharathiraja's Alaigal Oivathillai presenting him with a dilemma of which film to choose; he chose the former.[7] The film also marked the Tamil debut of Shanthi Krishna.[8]


The film was shot at The Laidlaw Memorial School of St. George's Homes, Ketti, in the Nilgiris.[8]


Panneer Pushpangal deals with adolescent love, a theme that was not frequently explored in 1980s Tamil cinema.[9]


Panneer Pushpangal
Film score by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja while the lyrics were written by Gangai Amaran.[10] The song "Ananda Raagam" is set in Simhendramadhyamam raga,[11][12] and "Vengaya Sambarum" is set in Shanmukhapriya.[13] Ilaiyaraja later reused "Ananda Ragam" as "Saara Yeh Aalam" in Shiva (2006).[14]

1."Kodai Kaala Kaatre"Malaysia Vasudevan5:11
2."Aanandha Raagam"Uma Ramanan4:26
3."Poonthalir Aada"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:45
4."Vengaya Sambarum"Deepan Chakravarthy, S. N. Surendar, T. K. S. Kalaivanan4:36


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  2. ^ "ஆங்கிலப் படங்களை திருடி எடுக்கப்பட்ட 100 தமிழ்ப் படங்கள்". Kungumam. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  3. ^ Ramesh, Deepika (8 January 2015). "K Rajeshwar Interview: Future Perfect". Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. ^ Ashok Kumar, S.R. (16 November 2006). "This character artist's first love is direction". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 April 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  5. ^ Prasad, G. (9 September 2006). "In the right direction". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 April 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  6. ^ Jeshi, K. (15 August 2019). "What happens when Lenin, Santhana Bharathi and Gangai Amaren meet?". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  7. ^ Suresh. "Interview". Behindwoods (Interview). Interviewed by Jyothsna. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b Gopalakrishnan, Aswathy (28 February 2019). "'Write Strong Characters For Actresses My Age': In Conversation With Shanthi Krishna". Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  9. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (21 January 2017). "Fascinated by the supernatural, says Director Vasu". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 April 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Paneer Pushpangal Movie Songs Jukebox". YouTube. Rajshri Tamil. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  11. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 123.
  12. ^ Mani, Charulatha (20 January 2012). "A Raga's Journey – The passionate appeal of Simhendramadhyamam". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  13. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 167.
  14. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (15 May 2007). "Music Review: Cheeni Kum". Baradwaj Rangan. Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2018.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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