Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal

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Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
Puthu Puthu Arthangal.jpg
DVD Cover
Directed byK. Balachander
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
Written byK. Balachander
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyR. Raghunatha Reddy
Edited byGanesh Kumar
Distributed byKavithalayaa Productions
Release date
28 October 1989

Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (lit. New New Meanings)[1] is a 1989 Indian Tamil language drama film, directed by K. Balachander. It stars Rahman, Sithara, Geetha, Janagaraj, Jayachitra, Poornam Vishwanathan, Sowcar Janaki, Vivek and Ilaiyaraaja.


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 get married to 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[edit]


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] The song "Kalyana Maalai" is set in the carnatic raga known as Sindhu Bhairavi,[9] "Eduthu Naan Vidava" is set in Bageshri,[10] "Guruvayurappa" is set in Abheri,[11] and "Keladi Kanmani" is set in Shubhapantuvarali.[12]

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]".[13]


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  2. ^ a b c Surendran, Anusha; Venkatraman, Janane (4 July 2017). "Tamil films are getting more modern, and more misogynistic". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. ^ "An eventful career". The Hindu. 21 June 2015. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  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.
  5. ^ "Cinema Rendezvous – Come lets date- Kala Master & All That Jazz". Time Out. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "They are in the fray too..." The Hindu. 11 May 2001. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "பாலச்சந்தர் - இளையராஜா வெற்றிக்கூட்டணி". Dinamalar (in Tamil). 25 December 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 135.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 127.
  11. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 131.
  12. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 138.
  13. ^ Vijayan, Naveena (6 October 2015). "Rahman ready to experiment". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 April 2018.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani.

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