Pudhumai Penn (1984 film)

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Pudhumai Penn
AVM's Pudhumai Penn.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byBharathiraja
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Story byR. Selvaraj
Produced byM. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byV. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 14 July 1984 (1984-07-14)

Pudhumai Penn (transl. Modern Woman), officially released as AVMin Pudhumai Penn (transl. AVM's Modern Woman) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Bharathiraja and produced by AVM Productions. The film stars Pandiyan and Revathi. It was released on 14 July 1984.


Revathi's father is a Tamil teacher. He brings up Revathi as a girl with more interest towards the language. One day he withdraws a big sum of money from bank but loses it. Pandiyan somehow finds that money and hands it over to him. Revathi's father on liking Pandiyan's gesture, plans to arrange his daughter's marriage with him. Dr. Rajasekhar, a womanizer is Pandiyan's manager. He rapes and kills the blind sister of Pratap Poten. In this case, Pandiyan is convicted as guilty and jailed. Revathi struggles to get him out of the prison by proving him innocent. But this needs a lot of money. To earn the required money she does different jobs. Then she finds Pratap Poten, who is a lawyer and convinces him to help her. Pratap Poten gets Pandiyan out of the prison. After Pandiyan's release, he questions Revathi about how she earned this much money to get him out and doubts her virginity. Revathi breaks down and in anger she throws the sacred thread of marriage in Pandiyan's face and leaves away.



Pudhumai Penn marked the acting debut of Rajasekhar.[3] It was also Pandiyan's only collaboration with AVM Productions.[4] The studio's name was prefixed to the film's title (AVMin Pudhumai Penn, meaning AVM's Modern Woman).[5]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.[6]

No. Song Singers Length
5 "Oru Thendral" Malaysia Vasudevan, Chorus 04:40
4 "Kasthuri Mane" K. J. Yesudas, Uma Ramanan 05:09
3 "Alamara Pondhu" Ilaiyaraaja 04:18
2 "Kathal Mayakam" P. Jayachandran, Sunanda 06:12

Release and reception[edit]

Pudhumai Penn was released on 14 July 1984,[7] and ran for 208 days in the Mini Priya theatre, Madurai. The film failed during its first run. M. G. Ramachandran, then the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, decided to re-release the film with tax exemption which led to huge success at box-office.[8]

In 2014, Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu praised Revathi's performance, but noted that the melodrama quotient was "a little too high".[9]


  1. ^ Shekar, Anjana (8 January 2018). "From demure to daring, actor Revathy's multi-faceted film career". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ Shivpprasadh, S. (14 June 2012). "Father figure". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ "'Chennai 28' director Venkat Prabhu to helm project starring Dr Rajasekhar next". The News Minute. 24 May 2017. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 425.
  5. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 282–283.
  6. ^ "Pudhumai Penn- Nallavanukku Nallavan Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Mossymart. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  7. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 278.
  8. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 279–281.
  9. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (7 March 2014). "Women of Steel". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2018.


  • Saravanan, M. (2013) [2005]. AVM 60 cinema (in Tamil) (3rd ed.). Rajarajan Pathippagam.

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