|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|
|16 April 1993|
Ponnumani is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language drama film, directed by R. V. Udayakumar, starring Karthik, Soundarya (in her Tamil film debut) and Sivakumar. It mainly received positive reviews and turned out to be a blockbuster.
Karthik and Soundarya 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 would 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 brutally 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
- Sivakumar as Kathirvelu
- Goundamani as Nachi
- Manorama as Kathiravelu's Mother
- G. M. Sundar
The film was entirely shot at Sethumadai near Pollachi.
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraja.
Tamil (original) version
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|
Telugu (dubbed) version
|1.||"Kallone Vunnavule"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||5:14|
|2.||"Addirabanna"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:11|
|3.||"Yei Vannelannee"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chorus||5:03|
|4.||"Chinnari Naa Jaabili"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:56|
|5.||"Sande Maatuna"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||5:09|
|6.||"Penchavu Amma Naannaga"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:10|
|7.||"Kallone Vunnavule - 1"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:52|
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