|Directed by||R. Sundarrajan|
|Written by||R. Sundarrajan|
|Edited by||R. Bhaskaran|
Payanangal Mudivathillai (lit. Journeys Never End) is a 1982 Indian Tamil-language romance film directed by R. Sundarrajan in his directorial debut. The film stars Mohan and Poornima Bhagyaraj in the lead roles. It was released on 26 February 1982 and ran for over 265 days in theatres. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Both the lead actors won Filmfare Awards in their respective categories.
Radha comes from wealthy family and lives in a palatial house with her widowed father, Dheenadayalan. She has a friend in Susheela, who also lives in a palatial house, surrounded by some shanty dwellings. One day when Radha goes to Susheela, they witness a young man named Ravikumar singing a song with his guitar. Radha is very impressed with this talented young man, and talks about him with her dad. Dheenadayalan invites Ravi to sing at the inauguration of a temple - and this is Ravi's first step toward stardom and fame.
Ravi and Radha fall in love with each other and hope to marry soon. Ravi continues to shine with his singing, and is felicitated. At the ceremony, he attributes his success all to himself, much to Radha's disappointment. This is the start of misunderstandings between the young couple, and as a result they stop seeing each other. After sometime, Ravi comes to know that Radha is going to be married to a doctor.
Unknown to Radha, Ravi has been diagnosed with cancer and does not have long to live, which is why he decided to end things with Radha.
- Mohan as Ravi Kumar
- Poornima Bhagyaraj as Radha
- Rajani as Susheela, Radha's best friend
- S. Ve. Shekher as Selvam, Ravi's best friend
- Poornam Vishwanathan Dheenadayalan, Radha's father
- T. K. S. Chandran as Thanigachalam, Susheela's father
- S. S. Chandran as A tenant
- Rajesh as the doctor Mohan
- Goundamani as a house owner
- Gangai Amaran as himself
Payanangal Mudivathillai marked the directorial debut of R. Sundarrajan. Poornima Jayaram was initially reluctant to accept the film, given that it was directed by a newcomer, but accepted after learning that the music director was Ilaiyaraaja. Mohan's voice was dubbed by S. N. Surendar.
The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the lyricists were Vairamuthu, Gangai Amaran and Muthulingam. The song "Ilaya Nila" was originally intended for Moodu Pani (1980), but that film's director Balu Mahendra rejected it. Ilaiyaraaja had over 20 retakes to get the song's guitarist Chandrasekhar play its Flamenco notes to his complete satisfaction. The instruments used in the song were an acoustic guitar and a flute. Gangai Amaran described "Yeh Aatha" as a song that "sounds like a folk music but it has the classical touch." The song "Vaigaraiyil" is set in the carnatic raga known as Shubhapantuvarali, "Mani Osai" is set in Sindhu Bhairavi, and "Thogai Ila Mayil Adi Varugudhu" is set in Latangi. "Ilaya Nila" was later adapted by Kalyanji–Anandji in Hindi as "Neele Neele Ambar Par" for Kalakar (1983), and "Yeh Aatha" was remixed by Mani Sharma for Malaikottai (2007).
|1||"Yeh Aatha"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Gangai Amaran||04:34|
|2||"Ilaya Nila"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Vairamuthu||04:40|
|3||"Mani Osai"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Muthulingam||04:38|
|4||"Mudhal Mudhal Raaga Deepam"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||04:25|
|5||"Salaiyoram"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||Vairamuthu||04:32|
|6||"Thogai Ilamayil"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||03:39|
|7||"Vaigaraiyil Vaigaikaraiyil"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Gangai Amaran||04:30|
Release and reception
Payanangal Mudivathillai was released on 26 February 1982. The film ran for over 365 days in theatres, thereby becoming a silver jubilee film. In a review dated 21 March 1982, the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan rated it 48 out of 100. Mohan won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil, and Poornima Jayaram won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil.
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