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Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. S. Prakasam
Written byA. S. Prakasam
Produced by
  • M. K. M. Zawahir
  • Imayam Pragasam
CinematographyG. Or. Nathan
Edited byV. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Pragaas Productions
Release date
  • 10 January 1986 (1986-01-10)

Saadhanai (transl. Achievement) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by A. S. Prakasam. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, his son Prabhu, K. R. Vijaya and Nalini. It was released on 10 January 1986.[1]


Sivaji is a film director whose dream project is to make the love saga of Salim and Anarkali. After a long search for an apt girl to fit into the role of Anarkali, he finds it in a beggar. He starts the film with Nalini as Anarkali. K. R. Vijaya, wife of Sivaji starts suspecting Sivaji and Nalini's relationship and this results in turmoil inside their family. Nalini learns of this and feels that because of her, her mentor's life should not be in a mess, she leaves them without notice. Sivaji stops the project. Years later, Sivaji has a son and Prabhu, who is into spirituality and wishes to lead life as a bachelor. Sivaji on one occasion, watches a dance by Bhuvani and jumps in glory that he has again found his Anarkali in that danseuse. He discovers that the girl who danced was Nalini's daughter. Nalini's daughter is now chosen as Anarkali and Prabhu is selected as Salim. Prabhu and Bhuvani fall in love in real life too. As the drama unfolds, finally Prabhu and Bhuvani die by taking poison in a touching climax.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2][3]

Song Singers Lyricist
"Anbae Anbae" S. Janaki Vairamuthu
"Athi Mara Poovidhu" S. Janaki Vaali
"Ingae Naan Kandaen" Malaysia Vasudevan, Vani Jayaram Vaali
"Oh Vaanambaadi" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan
"Vaadi En Rukkumani" Malaysia Vasudevan Vaali
"Vaazhvae Vaa" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote the film had exciting events till the interval but felt the climax was pure mess.[4]


  1. ^ "நடிகர் திலகம் சிவாஜி கணேசன் அவர்கள் நடித்த படங்களின் பட்டியல்". Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Saadhanai Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 24 October 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Saathanai (1986)". Music India Online. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  4. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (26 January 1986). "சாதனை". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 58. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 14 August 2022.

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