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Directed byA. S. Pragasam
Written byA. S. Pragasam
Produced byM. K. M. Zawahir
Imayam Pragasam
StarringSivaji Ganesan
Prabhu Ganesan
K. R. Vijaya
CinematographyG. Or. Nathan
Edited byV. Rajagopal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Pragaas Productions
Release date
  • 10 January 1986 (1986-01-10)

Saadhanai (Achievement) is a 1986 Indian Tamil film directed by A. S. Pragasam, starring Sivaji Ganesan, his son Prabhu Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya and Nalini in primary roles.


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 girl (Nalini). 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 a mess inside their family. Nalini comes to know 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 pass by... Sivaji has a son now... 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 comes to know that the girl who danced was none other than Nalini's daughter. Nalini's daughter (Bhuvani) 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.[1][2] Ilaiyaraaja also appears in the film as himself. The lyrics for the songs were written by Vaali, Vairamuthu and Pulamaipithan[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


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