|Story by||R. Selvaraj|
|Produced by||M. Saravanan|
|Edited by||V. Rajagopal|
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.
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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.
- Pandiyan as Ramachandran
- Revathi as Seetha
- Pratap Pothen as David
- Rajasekhar as Rajasekhar
- Y. G. Mahendran
- Chitra Lakshmanan
- Ra. Sankaran as Seetha's father
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. It marked the acting debut of Dr. Rajasekhar. It was also Pandiyan's only collaboration with AVM. Revathi was 17 years old when doing this film. The studio's name was prefixed to the film's title (AVMin Pudhumai Penn, meaning AVM's Modern Woman).
|"Oru Thendral"||Malaysia Vasudevan, Chorus||4:40|
|"Kasthuri Mane"||K. J. Yesudas, Uma Ramanan||5:09|
|"Kathal Mayakam"||P. Jayachandran, Sunanda||6:12|
Release and reception
Pudhumai Penn was released on 14 July 1984, 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.
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