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Pattakkathi Bhairavan
Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. B. Rajendra Prasad
Written byAaroor Dass (dialogues)
Story byDasari Narayana Rao
Produced byV. B. Rajendra Prasad
CinematographyV. S. R. Swamy
Edited byK. R. Sanjeevi
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Jagapathi Art Pictures
Release date
  • 19 October 1979 (1979-10-19)

Pattakkathi Bhairavan (transl.Gauntlet-sword Bhairavan) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by V. B. Rajendra Prasad, starring Sivaji Ganesan, Jai Ganesh, Sridevi and Jayasudha. It is a remake of the 1978 Telugu film Katakataala Rudrayya.[1] The film was released on 19 October 1979.[2]



Pattakkathi Bhairavan is a notorious criminal sought by the police for several murders which he commits using his customary pattakkathi (gauntlet-sword). When in jail, he encounters his adopted father and after an escapade he murders his boss Dharmalingam, who had ruined his adopted family. He also reunites with his step-sister Deepa and camouflages himself as Karnan, a rich businessman to deceive the Police. Deepa's close friend Roopa is Bhairavan's romantic interest, but in a twist, Deepa herself is in love with police officer Arjunan, who is actually on a mission to find and eliminate the elusive Pattakkathi Bhairavan. Bhairavan approaches Arjunan quite convincingly masquerading as businessman Karnan, but Arjunan's mother Malathi realises Bhairavan/Karnan is none other than her own first son whom she had borne out of wedlock, but struggles to tell him the truth, since he professes a profound hatred for his unknown mother, who he believes had dumped him in a garbage bin as a baby. How the events unfold form the rest of the story.





The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Kannadasan.[3][4]

Song Singers Length
"Boot Polish" P. Susheela, S. Janaki 4:01
"Nenjukkulle Singakkutti" P. Susheela, S. Janaki 4:13
"Varuvai Kannaa Neeraada" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela 4:15
"Devadhai Oru Devathai" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:03
"Yengengo Sellum" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:30
"Yaaro Neeyum Naanum" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 3:57



Kausikan of Kalki felt the pattakkathi (gauntlet-sword) failed to shine.[5]


  1. ^ "தாசரி நாராயணராவால் தமிழுக்கு கிடைத்த பட்டாக்கத்தி பைரவன்". News18 (in Tamil). 19 October 2022. Archived from the original on 15 March 2023. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  2. ^ "நடிகர் திலகம் சிவாஜி கணேசன் அவர்கள் நடித்த படங்களின் பட்டியல்". Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 5 October 2022. Retrieved 16 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Pattakathi Bairavan Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 15 March 2023. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Pattakkatthi Bhairavan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. 1 January 1979. Archived from the original on 17 March 2023. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  5. ^ கௌசிகன் (4 November 1979). "பட்டாக்கத்தி பைரவன்" (PDF). Kalki (in Tamil). pp. 60–62. Retrieved 10 April 2024 – via Internet Archive.