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Per Sollum Pillai
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Written byK. S. Gopalakrishnan (dialogues)
Screenplay byV. C. Guhanathan
Story byV. C. Guhanathan
Produced by
CinematographyT. S. Vinayagam
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 16 July 1987 (1987-07-16)

Per Sollum Pillai (pronounced [peːɾ solːum piɭːaɪ]; lit. The Child Who Made You Proud) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by S. P. Muthuraman,[1] starring Kamal Haasan, Radhika, Manorama, K. R. Vijaya and Raveendran. It is loosely based on the 1960 film Padikkadha Medhai. Both of these films' dialogues were written by K. S. Gopalakrishnan. The film was released on 16 July 1987. It was later remade in Telugu as Ramu (1987).[2]


Ramu is an orphan, who is adopted by a wealthy family. He gets adopted into the family as a child when he saves them from being deliberately poisoned by a miscreant. Rajalakshmi, the mother of the family, raises him as one of the family even though others outside the family see him as a servant. Ramu helps to run the family smoothly and looks after his step-parents, brothers and sisters like his own. He remains faithful and grateful to his step-parents for adopting him, an orphan, as their own son. Except for his step-parents and his little sister, the other members of his family are jealous of the position his mother gives him in the family. Ramu's step-brothers are pleasure-seeking and lazy and want to live an easy life surviving on their mother's earnings. They also try to exploit a female worker in their house Seetha, whose mother Muniyamma is the cook of the house.

Ramu intervenes whenever his step-brothers attempt to commit mischief in the family and thwarts all their plans. He tries to advise them to be resourceful, but they hate him for that. They also cannot stand it when their mother sides their step-brother in all her decisions. Ramu also saves his step-sister Rekha from being exploited by a wealthy smuggler Banuprasad's son. Due to his carnal nature, Banuprasad's son expresses to his father his wish to marry Ramu's step-sister. So Banuprasad comes to Rajalakshmi's house seeking her daughter's hand in marriage for his son. Banuprasad feels jaded when Ramu convinces his step-mother to refuse her daughter's hand in marriage to his son. Banuprasad becomes an enemy to the family and swears to take revenge for being insulted by Rajalakshmi, and hatches a plot in conjunction with Ramu's brother-in-law, a corrupt government official Nagalingam to destroy Ramu's family.

Banuprasad plants illegal explosives in Rajalakshmi's fireworks factory to frame her, to get her arrested by the police, but Ramu comes to her rescue and takes the crime upon himself and goes to jail in her place. He later looks after her when she falls sick when her own sons do not care about her and waste their money in gambling. Instigated by a plot hatched by their brother-in-law, Ramu's step-brothers revolt and take over the factory that their mother controls. They then force Ramu out of the house. Meanwhile, Seetha falls in love with Ramu due to his truthful nature. Ramu's step-brothers make poor business decisions and ruin the prosperous business that their mother had struggled to build. Ramu meanwhile, through his hard-work and resourcefulness builds his own fireworks factory. He comes to the rescue of his mother again when his step-brothers try to forcibly marry their only sister to the enemy's son to cover up their losses. He pays for the losses his brothers had incurred and saves his step-sister and step-parents. He then adopts his step-mother as his own mother and makes her the proprietor of his factory.

In the final scene, Banuprasad tries to forcibly get his son married to Rajalakshmi's daughter and also murder her sons and Ramu. Ramu again comes to their rescue and saves the day. But Rajalakshmi is fatally wounded by Banuprasad and dies in Ramu's arms. The film ends with Ramu's daughter (whom Ramu considers as his own mother that he lost but is now reborn as his daughter, and names her after his mother) celebrating her birthday with the entire family reunited with Ramu as the head of the family.



The story of Per Sollum Pillai was written by V. C. Guhanathan and it was loosely based on Padikkatha Medhai. K. S. Gopalakrishnan, who wrote the dialogues for that film, did the same for this film.[3][4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

Song Singers Lyrics
"Ammamma Vanthathingu" Kamal Haasan Pulamaipithan
"Maadi Eri Vama" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran
"Per Sollum Pillai" (Lady) P. Susheela
"Per Sollum Pillai" (Men) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Thappu Thanda Panniduven" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
"Vellakethu" Malaysia Vasudevan

Release and reception[edit]

Per Sollum Pillai was released on 16 July 1987.[7] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, 'While the sharp edge of the assertive selfishness and sadism of the bad characters of the 1960 film kept violating the good characters (and the audience that identified with them) in an obviously masochistic exercise, one must be thankful that there is no scope for that sort of indulgence in Paer Sollum Pillai".[8] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote that the "richness" of AVM's films was there in this film too, but only in the sets.[9]


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  2. ^ "Balakrishna Remakes: నందమూరి బాలకృష్ణ తన ఫిల్మీ కెరీర్‌లో ఇన్ని రీమేక్ సినిమాల్లో నటించారా." News18 (in Telugu). 1 December 2021. Archived from the original on 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  3. ^ Muthuraman 2017, pp. 309–310.
  4. ^ Manohar, Niveda (15 November 2015). "KS Gopalakrishnan Dies At 86; Directed Over 50 Films In A Storied Career". Silverscreen India. Archived from the original on 12 July 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Per Sollum Pillai Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 17 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Per Sollum Pillai". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Per Sollum Pillai". The Indian Express. 10 July 1987. p. 4. Retrieved 3 February 2021 – via Google News Archive.
  8. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (24 July 1987). "In tune with the times". The Indian Express. p. 5. Retrieved 23 April 2018 – via Google News Archive.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (9 August 1987). "பேர் சொல்லும் பிள்ளை". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 64. Archived from the original on 29 May 2023. Retrieved 29 May 2023 – via Internet Archive.


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