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Directed by Selva
Produced by Rajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
Written by Murthy Ramesh
Nagulan Ponnusamy (dialogues)
Screenplay by Selva
Story by Selva
Starring Karthik
Music by Bharathwaj
Cinematography Raghunatha Reddy
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Kavithalayaa Productions
Release dates
4 December 1998
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Pooveli is a 1998 Tamil film directed by Selva. The film stars Karthik, Abbas, Kausalya and Heera Rajgopal in the lead roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Bharadwaj while lyrics by Vairamuthu.[1]


The movie opens with the main characters revealing their thoughts on love. Kousalya feels one must love before the wedding while Heera feels love is for after the wedding. Radharavi is totally opposed to love and feels it is a way in which children cheat their parents while Karthik is totally for it.

Karthik follows Heera around expressing his love for her. But when she insults his love, he promises he wouldn't trouble her again and that one day, she would understand him and come to him. He runs into Kousalya, his classmate in school, who has recently lost her lover in an accident. To force her father to accept her love, she had already told him that she was married. Circumstances force her uncle to think Karthik is her husband and they go back to her house in the village.

Their plan is for Karthik to earn the displeasure of the members of her household so that he can leave, but his plans backfire and earn him their love and affection. As he continues living there, he starts to like having a family around and also falls in love with Kousalya. The only black sheep in their family is Anandraj, who keeps troubling them.

Manorama, Kousalya's grandmother, finds out the arrangement between Karthik and Kousalya, but since she likes Karthik, plays a trick to get them both married.

Heera, who has meanwhile developed feelings for Karthik, shows up at the village before the wedding creating doubts in the minds of the other. This leads to some confusion and problems which are cleared in the climax.



The film completed 100 day run in theaters & became a commercial success, with the makers of the film coming together soon after to make another production, Rojavanam.[2]

Kausalya won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in the film while Karthik went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize.

Critical reception[edit]

Indolink wrote:"has its good moments with consistent screenplay".[3] Balaji wrote:" nice movie without a single boring moment".[4]


The film was remade in Telugu as Alludugaaru Vachcharu with Jagapathi Babu playing the lead role while Kausalya, Abbas and Heera reprised their roles from the original in Telugu.


Music is composed by Bharathwaj. Soundtrack contains 10 songs.[5]

  • "Itharku Peyar" - Hariharan, Sujatha
  • "Oru Poo Ezhuthum Kavithai" - Unnikrishnan, Chithra
  • "Kathai Solla" - Karthik, Charlie, Manorama
  • "O Shalini" - SP Balasubramaniam
  • "Muthu Muthu" - Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Swarnalatha
  • "Vaazhkai" - Srinivas
  • "Itharku Peyar" - Hariharan
  • "Nathiyil Saaya" - Bharadwaj, Reshma
  • "Kadhai Solla" - Bharadwaj
  • "Pooveli" - Instrumental


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