|Screenplay by||Liaquat Ali Khan|
|Story by||A. S. Ibrahim Rowther|
|Produced by||T. Siva|
R. Sundar Raj
|Edited by||G. Jayachandran|
Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran (transl. The guard of the flower garden) is a 1988 Indian Tamil-language action drama film directed by Senthilnathan, in his directorial debut. The film stars Vijayakanth, Raadhika, Anand, Vani Viswanath and Livingston. the movie was a blockbuster hit and ran more than 150 days in many theatres. The film's score was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 10 June 1988. It was remade in Sinhala as Ran Hadawatha and in Telugu as Dharma Teja.
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Like a gardener with all his tenderness for his flowers, an old vigilante takes under his wing a young couple of runaway lovers. He lavishes on them love and safety. The father of the young woman who tries to eliminate the lover, is none other than the sworn enemy of the upholder of the law. It is because of him, that the woman of the hero lost their unique heir and cannot give birth any more from now on... Horrible memories surface and put the old upholder of the law on a war footing, for his ultimate confrontation...
- Vijayakanth as Anthony
- Raadhika as Sivagami
- Anand as Anand
- Vani Viswanath as Vidhya
- Livingston as Ramkumar
- S. S. Chandran as M.L.A.
- Pandiyan as Muthu Batcha
- M. N. Nambiar as D.S.P.
- Malaysia Vasudevan as Sivagami's Father (Guest Appearance)
- Thyagu as Ramkumar's Assistant
- Senthil as Azhagu (Guest Appearance)
- S. N. Lakshmi as Anand's Grandma
- K. S. Jayalakshmi
- Vijay Krishnaraj as Minister
- Kokila as Susheela
The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. "Sindhiya Venmani" song is set to Srothaswini raaga and "Adi Kaana Karunkuyile" is set to HariKhamboji raaga."En Uyire Vaa" was set in Shankarabaranam ragam and "Paramal Partha nenjam" set in Sudhadhanyasi ragam while "Padatha Themangu" set in Natabhairavi ragam.
|1||"En Uyire Vaa"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||Gangai Amaran||04:31|
|2||"Adi Kaana Karunkuyile"||K. J. Yesudas||05:35|
|4||"Paadatha Themmangu"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||05:32|
|5||"Paramal Paartha Nenjam"||Mano, K. S. Chithra||04:26|
|6||"Sindhiya Venmani"||K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela||04:22|
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