Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal

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Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal.jpg
Directed byK. Balachander
Written byK. Balachander
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
CinematographyR. Raghunatha Reddy
Edited byGanesh Kumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 28 October 1989 (1989-10-28)
Running time
150 minutes

Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (transl. New Meanings)[1] is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film, written and directed by K. Balachander. The film stars Rahman (credited as Raghu) and Geetha, with Sowcar Janaki, Jayachitra, Janagaraj and Sithara in supporting roles. It was released on 28 October 1989. The film won a Filmfare Award South, and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.


Manibharathi is a famous singer who lives with his possessive wife Gowri. 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 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 ManiBharathi 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.[5] It also marked the acting debut of Chi. Guru Dutt.[6] Balachander chose Kala as the lead dance choreographer after being impressed with her work in his previous directorial venture Punnagai Mannan (1986).[7] The dubbing voice for Rahman was provided by Nizhalgal Ravi.[8]

Themes and influences[edit]

According to T. A. Narasimhan of Hindu Tamil Thisai, the film is said to be based on the stage play Kaaranam Kettu Vaadi by Chitralaya Gopu.[9]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and the lyrics were written by Vaali.[10][11] This was the final collaboration between Ilaiyaraaja and Balachander.[12][13] According to journalist Kamini Mathai, Ilaiyaraaja could not commit to re-recording as there was a strike; Balachander decided to use background scores from his older films to fill the unfinished portions, angering Ilaiyaraaja and leading to the end of his alliance with Balachander.[14] The song "Kalyana Maalai" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Sindhu Bhairavi,[15] "Eduthu Naan Vidava" is set in Bageshri,[16] and "Guruvayurappa" is set in Abheri,[17] "Keladi Kanmani" was later adapted in Hindi as "Chandni Raat Hai", composed by Anand–Milind for Baaghi (1990).[18]

Track listing
1."Eduthu Naan Vidava"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Ilaiyaraaja4:45
2."Ellorum Mavatta"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja4:34
3."Guruvayurappa"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra2:12
4."Kalyaana Maalai"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:57
5."Kalyaana Maalai" (version 2)S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:40
6."Keladi Kanmani"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:35
Total length:26:43

Release and reception[edit]

Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal was released on 28 October 1989, Diwali day.[19] P. S. S. of Kalki opined that Balachander, despite having done so many films, did not have the courage to give a different result.[20]


Event Category Recipient Ref.
Filmfare Awards South Best Director – Tamil K. Balachander [21]
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Second Best Film Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal [22]
Best Director K. Balachander


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]".[23] The song "Keladi Kanmani" inspired the title of a 1990 film.[24] A Hindi remake of Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal entered production with Rahul Roy starring, but the film never had a theatrical release.[25]


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