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Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byVisu
Story byM. R. Anand
Produced byRajam Balachander
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 11 June 1982 (1982-06-11)
Running time
139 Minutes

Puthukavithai (transl. New Poem) is a 1982 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth and Saritha. It is a remake of the 1976 Kannada film Naa Ninna Mareyalare. The film was released on 11 June 1982.


Anand is a motorcycle contest champion for six years in a row. Winning the championship brings introduces him to Uma, who is the daughter of a haughty, rich woman called Thilakavathy.

Initially, Uma thinks Anand has too dark a complexion; but soon her feelings turn into love. Thilakavathy deceives Anand and Uma into thinking that she had agreed to their wedding; while secretly planning to get Uma married to someone else.

On the day of the wedding, she gets Anand locked up. Anand escapes, but not too soon to stop the wedding.

The next time they meet, Uma sees Anand seemingly happily married to Kalyani and with a child studying in the second standard. Uma mentions that she is happily married too, and has two children.

Meanwhile, Kalyani invites Uma to her house for Diwali festival celebrations, where she reveals a secret.

Actually, Kalyani is not married to Anand, but to someone else. Further, Kalyani and her husband have actually saved Anand who was lying drunk on a road. So Anand stayed with them and their child.

Meanwhile, Anand discovers that Uma is a widow now and that she had lied to him about having kids and being happily married.

Anand promises to marry Uma and finally they reunite.



Puthukavithai was a remake of Kannada film Naa Ninna Mareyalare.[2] While scouting locations to shoot the song "Vellai Pura Ondru" in scenic places like Coutralam and Munnar, Muthuraman witnessed a blanket of fog on the water during 4.30 in the morning, he decided to shoot the song at this time for this frame thus it was shot.[3]


Music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4][5] The song "Vellai Pura Onru" is set to Hamsadhvani raga.[6]

All tracks are written by Vairamuthu

Track listing
1."Vellai Pura Onru" (Duet)K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:21
2."Vaarey Vaa"K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:28
3."Vellai Pura Ondru" (Solo)K. J. Yesudas4:24
4."Vaa Vaa Vasanthamey"Malaysia Vasudevan3:55
Total length:17:13

Release and reception[edit]

Puthukavithai was released on 11 June 1982.[7] Thiraignani of Kalki called the film as "Burr Burr Kavithai".[8]


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  2. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2012). Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 105. ISBN 978-81-8475-796-5.
  3. ^ Muthuraman, S. P. (2017) [2005]. AVM Thandha SPM (in Tamil) (3rd ed.). Vikatan. pp. 234–235. OCLC 607342391.
  4. ^ "Pudhu Kavithai (1982)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Puthu Kavithai Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayraraaja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  6. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 167. OCLC 295034757.
  7. ^ "சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினிகாந்த் - ஒரு சரித்திரம் | சூப்பர் ஸ்டாரின் திரைக்காவியங்களின் பட்டியல்கள்". Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 22 June 2022. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  8. ^ திரைஞானி (27 June 1982). "புதுக்கவிதை". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 59. Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 14 April 2023 – via Internet Archive.

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