Pillai Nila

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Pillai Nila
Pillai Nila.jpg
Directed byManobala
Written byP. Kalaimani
Produced byP. Kalaimani
Baby Shalini
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Kalaimani Pictures
Release date
  • 14 April 1985 (1985-04-14)

Pillai Nilla (transl. Waxing Crescent) is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language psychological horror film directed by Manobala,[1] 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.


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.



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".[2]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja with lyrics by Vaali, Vairamuthu, Muthulingam and Mu. Metha.[4] It took Ilaiyaraaja six days to finish the film's re-recording.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
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[edit]

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,[6] it emerged a commercial success.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c d Balakrishnan, Ravi (13 December 2008). "Homegrown horror movies at its best". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ Ravi, Stills (28 September 2017). "Sathyaraj: More than a villain". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 14 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Pillai Nila Tamil FIlm EP VInyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  5. ^ Saravanan, T. (9 January 2011). "Always in reckoning". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  6. ^ ராம்ஜி, வி. (19 April 2020). "'உதயகீதம்', 'பிள்ளைநிலா', 'தெய்வப்பிறவி'; ஒரேநாளில் ரீலீஸ்; மூன்றுமே செம ஹிட்டு; 35 வருடங்களாச்சு!" [Udaya Geetham, Pillai Nila and Deivapiravi released on the same day; all three were big hits; 35 years have passed!]. Hindu Tamil Thisai. Archived from the original on 14 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. ^ Narayanan, Sujatha (22 August 2016). "Just wait...ghosts will catch up!". The New Indian Express. p. 2. Archived from the original on 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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