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Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran

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Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran
Directed bySenthilnathan
Screenplay byLiaquat Ali Khan
Story byA. S. Ibrahim Rowther
Produced byT. Siva
R. Sundar Raj
I. Rahumathulla
Tamil Fathima
Vani Viswanath
Edited byG. Jayachandran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Tamilannai Cine Creation
Release date
  • 10 June 1988 (1988-06-10)
Running time
139 minutes

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, Radhika, Anand, Vani Viswanath and Livingston. It was released on 10 June 1988,[1] and ran for over 175 days in theatres.[2] The film was remade in Telugu as Dharma Teja (1988).[citation needed]


Like a gardener nurturing his flowers with tenderness, an elderly vigilante takes under his wing a young couple of runaway lovers, showering them with love and protection. The father of the young woman, however, seeks to eliminate her lover, who happens to be the sworn enemy of the law enforcer. It is this enemy who caused the tragic loss of the hero's only heir, rendering his wife unable to bear children. As horrific memories resurface, the old law enforcer gears up for a final confrontation.



Senthilnathan, son of Jambulingam who directed Nam Naadu with M. G. Ramachandran and erstwhile assistant of S. A. Chandrasekhar and V. Azhagappan made his directorial debut with this film.[3] Vijayakanth offered Livingston a negative role in the film, and he accepted.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Gangai Amaran.[5][6] The song "Sindhiya Venmani" song is set to the Carnatic raga Srothaswini,[7] and "Paramal Partha Nenjam" is set to Suddha Dhanyasi.[8]

Song Singers Length Lyricist
"En Uyire Vaa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 04:31 Gangai Amaran
"Adi Kaana Karunkuyile" K. J. Yesudas 05:35 Gangai Amaran
"Kavalkara Kavalkara" Ilaiyaraaja 04:07 Gangai Amaran
"Paadatha Themmangu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 05:32 Gangai Amaran
"Paramal Paartha Nenjam" Mano, K. S. Chithra 04:26 Gangai Amaran
"Sindhiya Venmani" K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela 04:22 Gangai Amaran
"Ezhaigal Vaazha Nee" Ilaiyaraaja 01:02 Gangai Amaran


Jayamanmadhan (a duo) of Kalki praised Livingston's performance but felt his character design as antagonist was not strong enough while also praising Chandran's humour and Ilaiyaraaja's music but panned the flashback of Vani and Anand as lengthy and dragged. They also felt the inclusion of stunt sequences in an emotional film was like neither here and nor there.[9]


Radhika won the Cinema Express Award for Best Actress – Tamil, and Livingston won for Best New Face.[10]


  1. ^ "நட்சத்திர படப் பட்டியல்". Cinema Express (in Tamil). 1 December 2002. pp. 41–43. Archived from the original on 2 February 2024. Retrieved 2 February 2024.
  2. ^ Selvaraj, N. (20 March 2017). "வெள்ளி விழா கண்ட தமிழ் திரைப்படங்கள்" [Tamil films that completed silver jubilees]. Thinnai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
  3. ^ Sai Sachin Shibu (1 August 2011). Director Senthilnathan Captain TV – Part 1 (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 11 April 2023. Retrieved 7 March 2015 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Interview with Livingstone | Worked his way to see success". Tamil Star. Archived from the original on 15 January 2000. Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 28 October 2021. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Poonthotta Kavalkaran (1988)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 158.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 152.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (3 July 1988). "பூந்தோட்டக் காவல்காரன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 39. Archived from the original on 11 April 2023. Retrieved 12 April 2024 – via Internet Archive.
  10. ^ "Cinema Express readers choose Agni Nakshathiram". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 11 March 1989. p. 4. Retrieved 19 February 2021 – via Google News Archive.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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