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Directed byR. V. Udayakumar
Written byGokula Krishnan (dialogues)
Screenplay byR. V. Udayakumar
Story bySujatha Udayakumar
Produced byJ. B. Rajaravi
CinematographyAbdul Rahman
Edited byB. S. Nagaraj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Karthik Raja (1 song)
Thaai Sakthi Productions
Release date
  • 16 April 1993 (1993-04-16)
Running time
149 minutes

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.


Ponnumani and Chinthamani are sweethearts who spend their childhood together in a village. Chinthamani goes off to pursue an education, but she and Ponnumani remain devoted to each other. Kathirvel, who dotes on Ponnumani wants to see them happily married.

It is decided that they would marry once Chinthamani's exams are over. Ponnumani, who has been waiting all his life for this moment sets off eagerly to receive Chinthamani at the station. He is shocked to find her in a mentally unbalanced state.

Later on he learns that Chinthamani has been brutally molested by Uday Prakash and is pregnant, which results in Kathirvel's death. Though overwhelmed with grief, he tries to arrange Chinthamani's marriage with the rapist. When the latter shows no remorse for his act, and tries to kill Chinthamani, Ponnumani kills him and is sentenced for 5 years. He is reunited with childlike Chinthamani and her daughter.



Ponnumani is the Tamil debut for Soundarya.[2] The film was entirely shot at Sethumadai near Pollachi.[3]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Lyrics were written by R. V. Udayakumar.[4][5] The song "Adiye Vanjikodi" was composed by Karthik Raja. The song "Nenjukulle Innarunu" is set in Keeravani raga. According to Charulatha Mani, the song brought out "emotion of sadness in love very effectively".[6] For the dubbed Telugu version Muddula Baava, all songs were written by Rajasri.[7]

1."Aathu Mettula"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:01
2."Aadi Pattam"Mano5:03
3."Anba Sumanthu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:59
4."Adiye Vanjikodi"Ilaiyaraaja4:55
5."Sindhu Nathi Seemane"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:50
6."Nenjukkule Innarendru"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:55
7."Nenjukkule (Sad)"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:05
Total length:34:48
1."Kallone Vunnavule"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:14
2."Addirabanna"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:11
3."Yei Vannelannee"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chorus5:03
4."Chinnari Naa Jaabili"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:56
5."Sande Maatuna"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:09
6."Penchavu Amma Naannaga"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:10
7."Kallone Vunnavule – 1"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:52
Total length:35:39


Malini Mannath of The Indian Express wrote, "The film is an average entertainer with Karthik getting enough scope to emote".[8] K. Vijiyin of New Straits Times appreciated Karthik's performance and the music, but criticised the overuse of songs and the film's length.[1] Kalki praised Udayakumar's direction for making even little sequences poetic while also pointing out the flaws.[9] Karthik won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Vijiyin, K. (1 May 1993). "Knuckling under the songs and tale". New Straits Times. p. 24. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Soundarya: Actress, producer, politician". Rediff.com. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  3. ^ Paitandy, Priyadarshini (7 June 2017). "In pleasantville". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Ponnumani". IsaiShop. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Ponnumani". Gaana. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  6. ^ Mani, Charulatha (26 April 2013). "Harmonious symmetry". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Muddula Baava". Spotify. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  8. ^ Mannath, Malini (14 May 1993). "Does not move a madman". The Indian Express. p. 6. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  9. ^ "பொன்னுமணி". Kalki (in Tamil). 16 May 1993. p. 32. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Filmfare Best Actor Actress Director Tamil". 1 May 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2020 – via Internet Archive.

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