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Directed byDevaraj–Mohan
Screenplay byThuraiyur K. Murthy
Story byChetan Anand
CinematographyMarcus Batley
Edited byM. Vellaisamy
M. Kesavan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
S. M. Creations
Release date
  • 13 July 1979 (1979-07-13)[1]

Poonthalir (transl. Budding flower) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by Devaraj–Mohan, starring Sivakumar and Sujatha. It is a remake of the Hindi film Aakhri Khat (1966).[2] The film, Sivakumar's 101st as an actor,[3] was a success.[4]


Ashok, an artist/sculptor, falls in love with and marries Maya, a poor Keralite woman, but they become separated when Ashok leaves for a prolonged assignment in the United States. When he comes back after a few years and looks for his wife, he receives a letter from her that conveys a strange message to him and he soon finds out that she has died due to a terminal illness and that their child has gone missing. He then starts a desperate search for this lost child with the help of a dedicated police officer. Meanwhile, the child a year old or so, wanders around the city and eventually reaches his father's house. Ashok reunites with his son.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

Song Title Lyrics Singers Duration
"Gnaan Gnaan Paadanum" M. G. Vallaban Jency 4:09
"Vaa Ponmayile" Panchu Arunachalam S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 3:23
"Raja Chinna Raja" Panchu Arunachalam P. Susheela 4:30
"Manathil Yenna Ninaivugalo" Panchu Arunachalam S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja 4:17
"Kannin Mani Ennai Kandupidi" M. G. Vallabhan Jency


  1. ^ "பூந்தளிர் / Poonthaliar (1979)". Screen 4 Screen. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Aakhri Khat". MySwar. Archived from the original on 10 July 2022. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  3. ^ "சிவகுமார் 101 | 91–101". Kalki (in Tamil). 23 September 1979. pp. 14–15. Archived from the original on 16 March 2023. Retrieved 16 March 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ Venkatramanan, Geetha (29 March 2012). "Drama with dignity". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 January 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Poonthalir". Gaana. Archived from the original on 12 May 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Poonthalir Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 1 October 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.

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