|Directed by||R. V. Udayakumar|
|Produced by||J. B. Rajaravi|
|Written by||Gokula Krishnan (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||R. V. Udayakumar|
|Story by||Sujatha Udayakumar|
Karthik Raja (1 song)
|Edited by||B. S. Nagaraj|
Thaai Sakthi Productions
|Distributed by||Thaai Sakthi Productions|
|April 16, 1993|
Ponnumani is a 1993 Tamil-language film, directed by R. V. Udayakumar, starring Karthik, Soundarya and Sivakumar. It was a commercial success at the box office and received positive recognition. The movie completed a 100-day run in Chennai, Kovai, Madurai and got similar response in other parts of Kongu region. It was the second victory for the R. V. Udayakumar-Karthik duo.
Soundarya and Karthik are sweethearts who spend their childhood together in a village. Soundarya goes off to pursue an education, but she and Karthik remain devoted to each other. Sivakumar, who dotes on Karthik wants to see them happily married.
It is decided that they marry once Soundarya's exams are over. Karthik, who has been waiting all his life for this moment sets off eagerly to receive Soundarya at the station. He is shocked to find her in a mentally unbalanced state.
Later on he learns that Soundarya has been brutually molested by Uday Prakash and is pregnant. Though overwhelmed with grief, he tries to arrange Soundarya's marriage with the rapist. When the latter shows no remorse for his act, and tries to kill Soundarya, Karthik kills him and is sentenced for 5 years. He is reunited with childlike Soundarya and her daughter.
- Karthik as Ponnumani
- Soundarya as Chinthamani
- G. M. Sundar
The film was entirely shot at Sethumadai near Pollachi.
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraja and lyrics were written by R. V. Udayakumar. The song "Adiye Vanjikodi" was composed by Karthik Raja. The song "Nenjukulle Innarunu" is set in Keeravani raga. According to playback singer Charulatha Mani, the song brought out "emotion of sadness in love very effectively".
|Soundtrack album by|
|1.||"Aathu Mettula"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||5:01|
|3.||"Anba Sumanthu"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:59|
|5.||"Sindhu Nathi Seemane"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:50|
|6.||"Nenjukkule Innarendru"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:55|
|7.||"Nenjukkule (Sad)"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:05|
The Indian Express wrote "The film is an average entertainer with Karthik getting enough scope to emote".