Putham Pudhu Kaalai

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Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Putham Pudhu Kaalai film poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed by
Written byFrancis Thomas
Shruti Ramachandran
Reshma Ghatala
Mani Ratnam
Suhasini Mani Ratnam
Rajiv Menon
Adhithya KR
Krishnaswamy Ramkumar
Karthik Subbaraj
Music byScore:
G. V. Prakash Kumar
Govind Vasantha
Satish Raghunathan
Nivas K. Prasanna
G. V. Prakash Kumar
Govind Vasantha
Edited by
Meenakshi Cinemas
Lion Tooth Studios
Madras Talkies
Rajiv Menon Productions
Stone Bench
Distributed byAmazon Prime Video
Release date
  • 16 October 2020 (2020-10-16)

Putham Pudhu Kaalai (transl. A brand new dawn) is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language anthology film, consisting of five short film segments, directed by Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajiv Menon, and Karthik Subbaraj. The film features an ensemble cast of Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, M. S. Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Shruti Haasan, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Hasan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Komalam Charuhasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Gurucharan C, Leela Samson, Bobby Simha, Sharath Ravi, K. Muthukumar among others.[1] The film was entirely shot during the COVID-19 pandemic and was set against the backdrop of the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown in March in India. The film has been released through Amazon Prime Video on 16 October 2020.[2]

List of short films[edit]

Title Director Writers Cinematographer Music Editor
Ilamai Idho Idho Sudha Kongara Francis Thomas,
Shruti Ramachandran
Niketh Bommi G. V. Prakash Kumar E. Sangathamizhan
Avarum Naanum – Avalum Naanum Gautham Vasudev Menon Reshma Ghatala
P. C. Sreeram Govind Vasantha Anthony
Coffee, Anyone? Suhasini Maniratnam Mani Ratnam,
Suhasini Maniratnam
Selvakumar S. K. Satish Raghunathan A. Sreekar Prasad
Reunion Rajiv Menon Rajiv Menon,
Adhithya KR,
Krishnaswamy Ramkumar
Rajiv Menon Nivas K. Prasanna T. S. Suresh
Miracle Karthik Subbaraj Karthik Subbaraj Shreyaas Krishna Vivek Harshan


The five short films of Putham Pudhu Kaalai talk about hope, love, and new beginnings in the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Ilamai Idho Idho[edit]

Its a breezy love between two senior citizens. Rajeev, a widower, lives in a big apartment all alone. Just before the Indian Government announces a lockdown in India, his girlfriend Lakshmi arrives at his home to spend a few days with him. They catch up and spend more time together when the lockdown is announced. Their respective children, unaware of their relationship, are worried about their safety during the pandemic while they get to know each other better like a young couple. One day during a petty argument between the couple, Rajeev's daughter and son-in-law show up unannounced to check up on him. Lakshmi hides in a closet and witnesses Rajeev and his daughter share a warm moment together. When Rajeev finally manages to get rid of his daughter and son-in-law, the couple realize that they were both at fault for getting mad over something petty. Their bond grows deeper and express concern over how their kids will react to their relationship. The film ends with the couple taking the leap to introduce each other to their children over a video call.

Avarum Naanum – Avalum Naanum[edit]

Its a building of a bond between an old grandfather and an estranged grand daughter. It's very beautiful, as they get past the differences between them and understand each other better.

The grandfather who is a retired scientist and living alone and his grand daughter(whom he calls named Kanna) who works in the IT industry comes to take care of her grandfather on the insistence of her father. Initially Kanna was not happy with her grandfather as he didn’t accept her mother’s love.

Once Kanna starts spending time with her grandfather, she understands the reason for his anger and decides to visit her grandfather’s house regularly.

Coffee, Anyone?[edit]

The daughters are visiting their mother in coma, they are upset about their father treating her at home. Yet they overcome their differences and try to emotionally connect with the coma mother. That's when they realize, that she is showing signs of improvement. They want to share, all that's happening in their respective lives to her. Finally they are more than happy to see their mother awake.


Its about two school friends coming together (after many years) accidentally due to lockdown. The friend is forced to spend sometime in the other friends house. The visitor friend is a drug addict, who is struggling, while the other is a doctor. The friend and his mother take care of the friend, in the moments of emotional breakdown. They help her come out of it and she decides to seek professional help, to get her back together. As a parting conversation, the doctor friend confesses that, the poetry he wrote wasn't for his girlfriend, but actually for her during school.


Its about a young filmmaker, who watches a Baba on the television. The other side of the coin is two poor thugs who want to make quick money believing in the miracle that the Baba talks about.The story of the three intervines to a funny climax, where the thugs remain poor, the filmmaker finds a lot of money to make his film and the Baba who is talking about the miracle loses a few millions.


Ilamai Idho Idho[edit]

Avarum Naanum – Avalum Naanum[edit]

  • M. S. Bhaskar as Thaatha
  • Ritu Varma as Kanna
  • Krithika Bala as the caretaker
  • V. C. Sathanya as the younger Akka
  • Fiya as the younger Kanna

Coffee, Anyone?[edit]



  • Bobby Simha as Devan
  • K. Muthukumar as Michael
  • Sharath Ravi as Rocky
  • Ezhil Arasan Babaraj as Guruji
  • Thomas Kurian as Guruji's assistant
  • E. Srinivasan


On 30 September 2020, Amazon Prime Video India, had announced an anthology film, which features five segments by five different directors.[3] The title of the film Putham Pudhu Kaalai is based on the song of the same name from Alaigal Oivathillai (1981),[4] whereas the titles for the segments Ilamai Idho Idho and Avalum Naanum were based on the songs from Sakalakala Vallavan (1982) and Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (2016).[5] The film was shot in compliance with rules and regulations set by the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) for filming during the "Unlock" phase.[6]


Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Soundtrack album by
Released7 October 2020
GenreAmazon Original Movie Soundtrack
LabelAmazon Music
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Soorarai Pottru
Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Govind Vasantha chronology
Ponmagal Vandhal
Putham Pudhu Kaalai
Tughlaq Darbar

The film's background score were composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, Nivas K. Prasanna, Sathish Raghunathan and Govind Vasantha, whereas the soundtrack album for the film were composed by Kumar and Vasantha respectively. The title track of the film sung by G. V. Prakash, with lyrics by Kaber Vasuki was served as the film's lead single. It was launched by actor Suriya,[7] on 7 October 2020, along with the film's soundtrack album.[8][9] The album features six songs including the title track, with one song composed by Govind Vasantha, and rest of the songs were composed by G. V. Prakash; the lyrics for the songs were written by Kaber Vasuki and Madhan Karky respectively and vocals were rendered by Prakash, Bhavani Sre, Bombay Jayashri and S. P. B. Charan.[10]

Track listing
1."Putham Pudhu Kaalai – Title Track"Kaber VasukiG. V. Prakash KumarG. V. Prakash Kumar4:57
2."Kanna Thoodhu Po Da"Madhan KarkyGovind VasanthaGovind Vasantha, Bombay Jayashri3:43
3."Manmadhan Naan Dhaana"Kaber VasukiG. V. Prakash KumarG. V. Prakash Kumar, S. P. B. Charan1:12
4."Oho Endhan Baby"Kaber VasukiG. V. Prakash KumarG. V. Prakash Kumar, S. P. B. Charan, Bhavani Sre, Kaber Vasuki (Film Version)1:37
5."Kulfi Kuchchi"Kaber VasukiG. V. Prakash KumarG. V. Prakash Kumar, Bhavani Sre1:22
6."Kannam Adhil Vannam"Kaber VasukiG. V. Prakash KumarG. V. Prakash Kumar, Bhavani Sre1:52
Total length:14:45


Putham Pudhu Kaalai was released through Amazon Prime Video on 16 October 2020.[11][12] The Hindu wrote that "Amazon Prime has had a few average outings with respect to Tamil cinema in the last few months. However, they now seem to be making all the right noises with ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’".[13]


Firstpost gave 3.5 out of 5 stars for "The film stating the films of Putham Pudhu Kaalai are relatable and moving only because the filmmakers stuck to narratives they knew well. But that is all the more reason that we, as an audience, should demand films are made by filmmakers of varied backgrounds."[14] Behindwoods gave 3 out of 5 stars stating, "Putham Pudhu Kaalai, is an anthology of feel good, positive stories."[15] Sify gave 3 out of 5 stating "Putham Pudhu Kaalai is a very average anthology. The main issue is that, having been made by eminent filmmakers, this one is not up to the mark."[16]


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  4. ^ Nathan, Archana. "Nostalgia king: How Tamil filmmakers are keeping Ilaiyaraaja's musical legacy alive". Scroll.in.
  5. ^ "'Putham Pudhu Kaalai': Amazon Prime Video announces anthology of five Tamil short films". The New Indian Express.
  6. ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (2020-09-30). "'Putham Pudhu Kaalai': Amazon Prime announces anthology of Tamil short films". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
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  9. ^ "Putham Pudhu Kaalai Title Track: GV Prakash's composition for the anthology RELEASED by the makers | PINKVILLA". www.pinkvilla.com. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  10. ^ "Putham Pudhu Kaalai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP by G. V. Prakash Kumar & Govind Vasantha". iTunes. 2020-10-07. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
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  13. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (15 October 2020). "'Putham Pudhu Kaalai' movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown".
  14. ^ "Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie review: A relatable, yet restrictive, collection of stories of hope in the coronavirus era - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 2020-10-16. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
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  16. ^ "Putham Pudhu Kaalai review: A very average anthology". Sify. Retrieved 2020-10-20.

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