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Directed byS. P. Rajkumar
Written byS. P. Rajkumar
Produced byV. Natarajan
Edited byK. Thanigachalam
Music byS. A. Rajkumar
Distributed byPyramid Films International
Release date
14 January 1998
Running time
140 minutes

Ponmanam (transl. Heart of gold) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by debutant S. P. Rajkumar and produced by V. Natarajan. The film stars Prabhu, Suvalakshmi and Priya Raman. It was released on 14 January 1998 coinciding with Thai Pongal, and ran for 100 days in a couple of theaters.[1][2]


Anandhan (Prabhu), a kind-hearted singer, has a wife Maheshwari (Suvalakshmi) and a baby boy. He lives in a house leased by Naidu (Manivannan). Kumar (Karan), a youth who supposed to work in a bank, moves into a new house near Anandhan's house. Poornima (Priya Raman), a middle-class family woman, quarrels with Anandhan on multiple occasions.

One day, Poornima tells Anandhan about her bitter past. When Poornima's family were in Sri Lanka, a bomb killed Poornima's mother, amputated her sister's legs and blinded her another sister. Now, Poornima had to work hard to support her family. After hearing her past, Anandhan becomes Poornima's friend but Poornima falls in love with him. Kumar then proposes his love to Maheshwari because Anandhan revealed to him that they were not married.

In the past, Anandhan was a jobless graduate and was from a poor family. Anandhan's sister Shanthi eloped with her lover. Later, Anandhan's parents cannot digest it and they hung themselves. So Anandhan attempted to suicide in turn but there, he saved Maheshwari and her nephew from drowning. Her brother-in-law killed her sister and Maheshwari had to escape with her sister's baby. To face the troubles, they decided to live together without marrying.

Poornima's boss (Nizhalgal Ravi) wants to marry Poornima, her father accepts and begs Anandhan to forget his daughter. Anandhan lies to Poornima that he never loves her and then she challenges to marry another man. Poornima marries her boss and Anandhan is humiliated during the wedding. Maheshwari and Kumar then marry and leave the city. Meanwhile, Anandhan finds himself alone again and decides to raise Maheshwari's nephew.



Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerS. A. Rajkumar

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by S. A. Rajkumar. The soundtrack, released in 1998, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Kamakodiyan, Ilandevan, Arivumathi and Pazhani Bharathi.[3][4]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Azhaga Azhaga" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. A. Rajkumar, Sujatha Mohan Kamakodiyan 4:14
2 "Nilavodum" K. J. Yesudas Ilandevan 4:39
3 "Pattamboochi" P. Unni Krishnan, Sujatha Mohan Arivumathi 4:38
4 "Nilavinai Thottu" Ganga Pazhani Bharathi 4:59
5 "Vaanambadi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:47


P. Balan of Indolink.com rated the film 2.5 out to 5 and stated it is "a good movie to watch".[2] A critic from Screen noted "the family drama highlighted by an excellent performance by Prabhu, has been attracting family audiences and even though the collections are not 100 per cent, the trade expects it to emerge a winner after a slow start."[5]


  1. ^ "Filmography of ponmanam". Cinesouth. Archived from the original on 29 October 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Ponmanam- Conductor Maappillai Tamil Film Audio CD". Macsendisk. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Ponmanam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". Apple Music. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Box - Office". www.screenindia.com:80. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2022.