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.[1] The film stars Pandiyan and Revathi. It was released on 14 July 1984.


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



AVM Productions wanted to make a film with Bharathiraja after the success of his Puthiya Vaarpugal which never happened. Few years later they both collaborated on the project which eventually became Pudhumai Penn.[4] It marked the acting debut of Dr. Rajasekhar.[5] It was also Pandiyan's only collaboration with AVM.[6] Revathi was 17 years old when doing this film.[7] The studio's name was prefixed to the film's title (AVMin Pudhumai Penn, meaning AVM's Modern Woman).[8]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.[9]

Song Singers Length
"Oru Thendral" Malaysia Vasudevan, Chorus 4:40
"Kasthuri Mane" K. J. Yesudas, Uma Ramanan 5:09
"Alamara Pondhu" Ilaiyaraaja 4:18
"Kathal Mayakam" P. Jayachandran, Sunanda 6:12

Release and reception[edit]

Pudhumai Penn was released on 14 July 1984,[10] 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 by reducing ticket prices to three rupees which led to huge success at box-office.[11][4]

In 2014, Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu praised Revathi's performance, but noted that the melodrama quotient was "a little too high".[12]


  1. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (29 July 1984). "ஏ.வி.எம்மின் புதுமைப்பெண்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 62. Archived from the original on 15 September 2022. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Shivpprasadh, S. (14 June 2012). "Father figure". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "வரி விளக்கிய வள்ளல்". Kalki (in Tamil). 10 July 2005. pp. 44–47.
  5. ^ "'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.
  6. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 425.
  7. ^ Subhakeerthana, S (2 August 2019). "Suriya is my 'Jackpot': Jyotika". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 22 October 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  8. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 282–283.
  9. ^ "Pudhumai Penn- Nallavanukku Nallavan Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  10. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 278.
  11. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 279–281.
  12. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (7 March 2014). "Women of Steel". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2018.


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