|Written by||P. Kalaimani|
|Produced by||P. Kalaimani|
Pillai Nilla (transl. Waxing Crescent) is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language psychological horror film directed by Manobala, and written by P. Kalaimani. The film stars Mohan, Raadhika, Jaishankar, Nalini, and Baby Shalini. It was released on 14 April 1985 and emerged a commercial success.
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Dolly is the young sister of a widowed rich man named David. She falls in love with Mohan, who works in her office. When she tries to express her love, she flies abroad for an office matter. Meanwhile, in India, Mohan's mother arranges his marriage with his cousin Bhuvana, and he marries her. When Dolly returns from abroad on her birthday, she expresses her love to Mohan, but he rejects her because his wife is pregnant. Dolly's obsession causes her to commit suicide in front of him at the hospital. At the same time, as his wife is giving birth. Their daughter, Shalini, is imbued with Dolly's evil spirit as Dolly takes revenge. What happens next is the rest of the story.
- Mohan as Mohan
- Raadhika as Dolly
- Jaishankar as David
- Nalini as Bhuvana
- Baby Shalini as Shalini
- Sathyaraj as Saint Cromeo (guest appearance)
- Janagaraj as Dolly's secretary
- Thengai Srinivasan as Kanagasabapathy Principal
- Chinni Jayanth as Sekar
- Peeli Sivam
- Pasi Narayanan as Oomaithurai
Pillai Nila took inspiration from various horror films such as Christine (1983), Poltergeist (1982), The Omen (1976) and The Exorcist (1973). The makers sought to avoid clichéd horror film tropes such as haunted houses, "sex-charged teenagers" and "unrealistic monsters in rubber masks".
|1||"Raja Magal Roja Malar"||P. Jayachandran and S. Janaki||Vaali||04:13|
|2||"Raja Magal Roja Malar" (in child & adult voice version)||S. Janaki||Vaali||02:08|
|3||"Raja Magal Roja Malar" (Unnodathan Pinnodathan) (in adult voice version with wind)||S. Janaki||Vaali||01:55|
|4||"Azhage Azhage"||Malaysia Vasudevan and S. Janaki||Vairamuthu||03:14|
|5||"Unnodu Thaan"||S. Janaki||01:15|
Release and reception
Pillai Nila was released on 14 April 1985, Puthandu. Despite facing competition from other films released in the same week including Mohan's own films Udaya Geetham and Deivapiravi, it emerged a commercial success.
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