Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal

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Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
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DVD Cover
Directed byK. Balachander
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
Written byK. Balachander
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyR. Raghunatha Reddy
Edited byGanesh Kumar
Release date
28 October 1989
Running time
150 minutes

Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (transl. New Meanings)[1] is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language drama film, directed by K. Balachander. It stars Rahman, Sithara and Geetha, with Janagaraj, Jayachitra, Poornam Vishwanathan, Sowcar Janaki, Vivek and Ilaiyaraaja. A Telugu dubbed version titled Bharyalu Jagratha (transl. Wives beware) was also released.


Bharathi (Rahman) is a famous singer who lives with his extremely possessive wife Gowri (Geetha). Tricked into marriage by his convincing mother-in-law, what really irks Bharathi is his wife's inability to deal with his rabid female fans. Tensions escalate until Bharathi flees from home and ends up encountering someone else named Jyothi (Sithara) who's also escaping from her life as a dancer because her husband made her dance forcefully and tried forcing her to be a prostitute. Then, he makes a living in Goa with Jyothi.

Then Bharathi get a prank call from his PA that Gowri is ill. So he comes back with Jyothi from Goa, which makes Gowri angry and she doesn't let Jyothi in without knowing who she is. Bharathi gets angry and they stay in another one of his houses. Bharathi gets so angry that he claims that he loves Jyothi and that she cannot go because of her problems. So Gowri files for a divorce and informs news reporters about Jyothi. Jyothi's husband appears later in the story. Gowri plans to marry a cricket player Guru. Guru had proposed to her in the past. He accepts the proposal and abandons one of his fans, Yamuna, who is obsessed with him. Later, Yamuna commits suicide in the marriage hall readied for Gowri's marriage. Gowri's mother and her PA feel that she is mentally unstable. Her mother begs Bharathi to go and see her in the hospital and he goes with Jyothi to see her. Jyothi then sees that Bharathi and Gowri belong to each other. Jyothi later finds her husband, who was indeed in love with her. After that, Bharathi goes to recording with him being happy and visits his wife in the hospital.


Cameo appearances


Sithara from Kerala was introduced as an actress through this film.[3] It also marked the acting debut of Chi. Guru Dutt.[4] Balachander chose Kala as the lead dance choreographer after being impressed with her work in his previous directorial venture Punnagai Mannan (1986).[5] The dubbing voice for Rahman was provided by Nizhalgal Ravi.[6]


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Released1989 (1989)

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and the lyrics were written by Vaali.[7] This was the last collaboration between Ilaiyaraaja and Balachander.[8] According to journalist Kamini Mathai, the split may have been due to the fact that Ilaiyaraaja could not commit to re-recording as there was a strike; an impatient Balachander decided to use background scores from his older films to fill the unfinished portions, angering Ilaiyaraaja to the point of ending his alliance with Balachander.[9] The song "Kalyana Maalai" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Sindhu Bhairavi,[10] "Eduthu Naan Vidava" is set in Bageshri,[11] and "Guruvayurappa" is set in Abheri,[12] "Keladi Kanmani" was later adapted into "Chandni Raat Hai", composed by Anand–Milind for Baaghi.[13]

No. Song Singers Writer(s) Length
1 "Eduthu Naan Vidava" Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali 04:45
2 "Ellorum Mavatta" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja 04:34
3 "Guruvayurappa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 02:12
4 "Kalyaana Maalai" 1 Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 05:57
5 "Kalyaana Maalai" 2 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:40
6 "Keladi Kanmani" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:35


Rahman considered Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal to be "the biggest milestone in [his] career" in Tamil, saying, "It helped me set my two legs permanently in [Tamil cinema]".[14] The song "Keladi Kanmani" inspired the title of a 1990 film.[15]


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  4. ^ Variety Cinema Directory: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi Information on Cinema & Video Industry. India: Best Media Associates. 1999. p. 161. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018.
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  6. ^ "They are in the fray too..." The Hindu. 11 May 2001. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
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  8. ^ "பாலச்சந்தர் - இளையராஜா வெற்றிக்கூட்டணி". Dinamalar (in Tamil). 25 December 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ Mathai, Kamini (2009). A.R. Rahman: The Musical Storm. India: Penguin Books. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0-670-08371-8.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 135.
  11. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 127.
  12. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 131.
  13. ^ "What Tiger's Baaghi has in common with Salman's!". Rediff.com. 5 April 2016. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  14. ^ Vijayan, Naveena (6 October 2015). "Rahman ready to experiment". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 September 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  15. ^ கணேஷ், எஸ். (19 March 2016). "பாடகர் எஸ்.பி.பி. கதையின் நாயகனாக நடித்த முதல் படம்!" [The first film where singer SPB played the protagonist!]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). Nellai. Archived from the original on 3 October 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.


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