Poottaatha Poottukkal

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Poottaatha Poottukkal
Directed byJ. Mahendran
Produced byK. N. Lakshmanan
Screenplay byJ. Mahendran
Based onUravugal
by Ponneelan
Sunder Raj
T. M. Samikannu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyAshok Kumar
Edited byB. Lenin
Release date
9 May 1980[1]
Running time
122 minutes

Poottaatha Poottukkal (lit. Locks that don't lock) is a 1980 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by J. Mahendran. It is an adaptation of the novel Uravugal by Ponneelan. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja. It stars Jayan and Charulata in the lead roles.[2][3]


Fissures occur in a married couple's relationship when they are unable to conceive a child. The wife is later enamoured by a young man who gives her attention. What happens next forms the rest of the story.



Poottaatha Poottukkal is based on the novel Uravugal by writer Ponneelan.[4]


According to Ram Chander of Film Companion, the film is a "subtle meditation on the invisible forces of societal expectations that weigh on married couples".[5]


No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Vanna Vanna Poove" S. Janaki Panchu Arunachalam 4:27
2 "Aanandam Aanandam" 4:16
3 "Andipatti" 4:31
4 "Nenjukkulle" 4:25
5 "Soorai Kaatril" Ilaiyaraaja ___


  1. ^ Mahendran, J. (2013) [2004]. Cinemavum Naanum [Cinema and Me] (in Tamil). Karpagam Publications. p. 344.
  2. ^ "மகேந்திரன் 25". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 25 July 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ "மகேந்திரன் இயக்கிய படங்கள்..." Dinamani (in Tamil). 31 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ https://thetimestamil.com/2017/10/23/%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%87%E0%AE%B0%E0%AE%B3%E0%AE%A4%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B1%E0%AE%A8%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%A8%E0%AF%8D/
  5. ^ Chander, Ram (19 June 2017). "5 Filmmaking Tropes of Mahendran". Film Companion. Retrieved 5 July 2018.