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Pithamagan poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Bala
Produced by V. A. Durai
Written by Bala
Based on Nandavanathil Oru Aandi
Starring Vikram
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Balasubramaniem
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Evergreen Movies International
Release dates
24 October 2003
Running time
158 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Pithamagan (English: Son of Ancestors) is a 2003 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Bala. The film stars Vikram, Suriya, Laila and Sangeetha in the lead and Simran making a pivotal cameo as herself. Produced by V. A. Durai, the film is cinematographed by Balasubramaniem, lyrics are by Vaali, Pazhani Barathi and Na. Muthukumar, dance has been choreographed by Brinda, editing by Suresh Ars, fights by Stunt Siva and art direction by A. C. Pillai.[1] The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilayaraaja. The film plot is based on Jayakanthan's Nandhavanathil Oru Andi, the story of an undertaker.[2] Upon release, the film met with critical acclaim and Vikram won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Chithan.This movie declared as a "Super hit"at box office and it grossed around 33 crore.

Owing to the success, the film was dubbed into Telugu and released as Sivaputrudu (The son of Siva) on 2 April 2004.[3] The film was also remade in Kannada as Anatharu (2007) with Upendra and Darshan playing the roles of Vikram and Suriya respectively.


Chitans life starts in a graveyard.An anonymous woman dies while giving birth to him and he is found and raised by the caretaker of the graveyard.He grows up among corpses with minimal human contact is perhaps more feral than autistic. He growls like a wolf, runs like an gorilla has the unkempt appearance of an orangutan but he seems to understand loyalty and is despite his circumstance, a social animal.He ventures into a town in search of food and gets into trouble as he doesn't understand the concept of money. He is rescued by Gomathy, a petty Ganja seller.She sees his ability to be loyal and enrolls him into the service of her employer, a large scale ganja producer. Chitan is caught during a drug raid and sent to jail.

Shakti is a conman with a silver tongue.He gets into trouble when he cons Manju into losing all her personal effects in a game of dice. Shakti gets sent to jail thanks to Manjus detective work.Shakti meets Chitan in jail and starts protecting him out of sympathy and pity. Chitan starts to reciprocate to Shakthi's kindness with the only way he knows, by being as loyal as a dog.

Shakthi serves his term and then butts heads with the Ganja producer to get Chithan out of jail as well. Chitan gets out but commits a crime when he obeys his masters instruction to burn the body of a murder victim.Shakthi realizing that Chitan is being used as accessory in crimes he can't comprehend, prevents Chitan from going back to working in the ganja fields.At the same time, a budding romance starts between Shakthi and Manju. Chitan too starts to see a shared spirit in Gomathi.

The Police catch a wind of the murder and arrest Chitan. Shakthi gets Chitan to side with the police and goes against the Ganja producer. The Ganja producer attacks Shakthi when Chitan isn't around.The Ganja producer kills Shakthi and dumps his body in the middle of the road. Chitan doesn't understand that Shakthi is dead and zones out to outer space when all around him Gomathi, Manju and the others are crying and beating their chests in agony.Gomathi sees Chitan's confusion as indifference and she angrily drives Chitan away from Shakthis body.

Chitan slowly starts to understand that Shakthi is no more as he sees him on the funeral pyre. His realization is complete when he wakes up in the morning next to the burnt remains of Shakthis corpse. He experiences emotions he has never experienced before: fury, agony, betrayal and emotional pain that he has never felt. His body bears the scars of a million bruises and his violence has always been self-defence and the defence of his masters.This realization of the meaning of death and the pain of losing a loved one breaks the feral chains that had wound up on his psyche.

He sets out like a man intent on destroying the world. He sets fire to the ganja fields, lets the Ganja producer experience the pain of his loss and then sets upon destroying him physically.He drives him through the street, taking his time breaking a few bones at a time till he is done toying with him. Then he kills him and offers his body as a tribute to Manju who now has lost her will to live.

Gomathi realizes what Chitan has been through and tries to get him to stay but Chitan turns back to the world of the graveyard among the corpses that cant hurt him anymore.



After Nandha, Bala announced his next project "Pithamagan" with Surya and Vikram, heroes of his previous films who received popularity after struggle. For gomathy's role, Bala selected Simran and confirmed her for the role by printing her name in invitations,but she was hurry to finish all her commitments due to her wedding plans and she accepted to give only 3 days call sheet to make special appearance initially which was offered to Reemma Sen. After that Vijayashanti, Malavika and Gayatri Jayaraman were considered but at last Rasika was selected for the role and also changed her name back to Sangeetha.[4][5]


Soundtrack album to Pithamagan by Ilaiyaraaja
Genre Film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Five Star Audio
Producer Ilaiyaraaja

The soundtrack album was composed by Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja. The lyrics were penned by Vaali, Palani Bharathi, Na. Muthukumar and Mu. Metha.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Adadaa Aghangaara Arakka Kaigalil"   Mu. Mehta K.J. Yesudas 04:38
2. "Aruna Runaam"     Savitha Reddy For Simran & Old Songs Medley 06:39
3. "Elangaathu Veesudhey"   Palani Bharathi Sriram Parthasarathy, Shreya Ghoshal 06:10
4. "Elangaathu Veesudhey - Solo"   Palani Bharathi Sriram Parthasarathy 06:10
5. "Kodi Yethi Vaippom"   Na. Muthukumar Bhavatharini, Shanmugasundari, Periya Karuppa Thevar, Ragavendar 04:08
6. "Piraiye Piraiye"   Vaali Madhu Balakrishnan 04:41
Total length:

Telugu Tracklist

All lyrics written by Vanamali

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Adigo Avineethi"   Vijay Yesudas, Chorus 04:38
2. "Priyatama Ninne - Old Songs Medley"   Murali, Lalitha Sagari, Chorus 06:39
3. "Chirugali Veechane"   R. P. Patnaik, Sunitha 06:10
4. "Chirugali Veechane - Solo"   R. P. Patnaik 06:10
5. "Evaridi Evaridi"   Vijay Yesudas 01:58
6. "Okate Jananam"   Vijay Yesudas 04:41
Total length:


The film was released on 24 October 2003, coinciding with Deepavali. The film released alongside Ajith's Anjaneya, Vijay's Thirumalai and Arjun's Ottran.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received unanimous critical acclaim particularly for Vikram and Surya's performances. Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu praised Vikram as "Without any dialogue to support him he carves a niche for himself in the viewer's mind with his expressions and excellent body language" and Suriya as "Who would have thought that this young man, pitted against the serious Chithan, would prove so perfect a foil?" going on to declare the movie as "..a symphony on celluloid".[6] Balaji Balasubramaniam of Thiraipadam.com reviewed as "With unique characterization, tremendous performances and a smooth screenplay, the movie offers a satisfying experience to the discerning viewer..." and noted "Vikram pretty much lives the role of the undertaker. With dry and streaked hair, dirty teeth and torn clothes, he looks the part and though he doesn't utter a word, he conveys everything through his expressions and body language".[7] A reviewer at Sify.com noted, "..it is the expert performance of the lead actors that elevate the film above the commonplace".[8]

Film critic Baradwaj Rangan remarked, "Bala’s ingeniousness is evident everywhere .... And he gets tremendous support from his leads...It all adds up to a first-rate film that excoriates as much as it entertains".[9] Ilaiyaraja also received praise for his musical score, "Ilaiyaraja adds unmeasurable strength to many of the scenes with his background music".[7] "The captivating numbers vouch for the fact that the Raja reigns supreme".[6]


The film has won the following awards since its release:

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards


The film was remade in Kannada as Anatharu with Upendra and Darshan in the lead and released on 14 September 2007. Repeating the success of the original, the film received favorable reviews and applause for Upendra's performance.[10]

The film is also to be remade in Hindi. Director Satish Kaushik have bought the remake rights of the film.[11] Incidentally, Satish had earlier directed Salman Khan in Tere Naam, the Hindi remake of the Bala-Vikram film Sethu. Once again, Satish has approached Salman Khan to reprise Vikram's role.[12][13]


Karunas who acted in the film did a spoof on Vikram's character in a film called Ennamo Pudichirukku (2004).[14] Surya's character as petty thief from Maayavi (2005) was compared with character from Pithamagan.[15]


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