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Directed by R. V. Udayakumar
Produced by J. B. Rajaravi
Written by Gokul Krishna (dialogues)
Screenplay by R. V. Udayakumar
Story by Sujatha Udayakumar
Starring Karthik
Music by Ilaiyaraja
Karthik Raja (1 song)
Cinematography Abdul Rahman
Edited by B. S. Nagaraj
Thaai Sakthi Productions
Distributed by Thaai Sakthi Productions
Release date
April 16, 1993
Running time
149 Minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

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.[1] 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 RV.Udayakumar-Karthik duo.


Soundarya and Karthik are sweethearts who spend their childhood together in a village. Soundarya goes off to pursue 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 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.

All the characters stand out in their roles. The lighthearted moments are provided by Manorama, Goundamani, Senthil and Vadivelu.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraja and lyrics were written by R. V. Udayakumar. The song "Adiye Vanjikodi" was composed by Karthik Raja.

  • "Aathu Mettula" - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
  • "Aadi Pattam" - Mano
  • "Adiye Vanjikodi" - Ilaiyaraaja
  • "Anba Sumanthu" - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
  • "Nenjukkule Innarendru" - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
  • "Nenjukkule" (sad) - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
  • "Sindhu Nathi Seemane" - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam


Karthik won a Filmfare Best Actor Award for his role in the film.


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