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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)

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


Ashok (Sivakumar), an artist/sculptor, falls in love with and marries Maya, a poor Keralite woman (Sujatha), but they become separated when Ashok leaves for a prolonged assignment in the USA. 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 (master Anand)has gone missing. He then starts a desperate search for this lost child with the help of a dedicated police officer and whether he succeeds in his quest forms the rest of the story.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4][5]

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


  1. ^ "பூந்தளிர் / Poonthaliar (1979)". Screen4screen. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  2. ^ Venkatramanan, Geetha (29 March 2012). "Drama with dignity". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  3. ^ https://kalkionline.com/kalkionline_archive/imagegallery/archiveimages/kalki/1979/oct/28-10-1979/p7.jpg[bare URL image file]
  4. ^ "Poonthalir". Gaana. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Poonthalir Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Retrieved 1 October 2021.

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