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Directed byA. S. Prakasam
Written byA. S. Prakasam
Produced byM. K. M. Zawahir
Imayam Pragasam
StarringSivaji Ganesan
K. R. Vijaya
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 film directed by A. S. Pragasam, starring Sivaji Ganesan, his son Prabhu, K. R. Vijaya and Nalini.[1]


Sivaji is a 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 movie 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, featuring seven songs, was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The lyrics for the songs were written by Vaali, Vairamuthu and Pulamaipithan.[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
"Raja Mohini" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Vaadi En Rukku" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Vaali
"Vaazhvae Vaa" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali


  1. ^ "Page 58". Kalki Online. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Saadhanai Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk.
  3. ^ "Saathanai (1986)". Music India Online.

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