Poottaatha Poottukkal

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Poottaatha Poottukkal
Directed byMahendran
Screenplay byMahendran
Based onUravugal
by Ponneelan
Produced byK. N. Lakshmanan
CinematographyAshok Kumar
Edited byB. Lenin
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 9 May 1980 (1980-05-09)[1]
Running time
122 minutes

Poottaatha Poottukkal (transl. Unlocked locks) is a 1980 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by 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.[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]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
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 (2013) [2004]. Cinemavum Naanum [Cinema and Me] (in Tamil). Karpagam Publications. p. 344.
  2. ^ "மகேந்திரன் 25" [Mahendran 25]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 25 July 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ "மகேந்திரன் இயக்கிய படங்கள்..." [Films directed by Mahendran]. Dinamani (in Tamil). 31 May 2011. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ பொன்னீலன் (28 October 2017). "பொன்னீலனின் உலகம்: என் படைப்புகளும் எனக்குப் பிடித்த படைப்புகளும்." [The World of Ponneelan: My Works and My Favorite Works]. The Hindu (Tamil). Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ Chander, Ram (19 June 2017). "5 Filmmaking Tropes of Mahendran". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Poottaatha Poottukkal Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Retrieved 31 March 2021.

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