|Produced by||T. Siva|
R. Sundar Raj
|Written by||Liaquat Ali Khan|
|Screenplay by||Liaquat Ali Khan|
|Story by||A. S. Ibrahim Rowuthar|
S. S. Chandran
M. N. Nambiar
|Edited by||G. Jayachandran|
Tamilannai Cine Creation
Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran (English: The guard of the flower garden) is a 1988 Tamil drama film directed by Senthilnathan, making his directorial debut. The film features Vijayakanth, Raadhika, Anand, Vani Viswanath and Livingston in lead roles. The film had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 10 June 1988. It was remade in Sinhala as Ran Hadawatha, starring Jeevan Kumaratunga, Ranjan Ramanayake, Nadeeka Gunasekara, Anoja Weerasinghe and it was also remade in Telugu as Dharma Teja, with Krishnam Raju.
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
- Vijay Krishnaraj as Minister
- Kokila as Susheela
- K. S. Jayalakshmi
|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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The film was a huge success and was considered one of the masterpieces of Senthilnathan. It was also the best action oriented film during the decade. It also projected Vijayakanth as a versatile actor, who was known to play excellent roles.
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