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Directed by A. S. Pragasam
Produced by M. K. M. Zawahir,
Imayam Pragasam
Written by A. S. Pragasam
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
Prabhu Ganesan
K. R. Vijaya
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography G. Or. Nathan
Edited by V. Rajagopal
Pragaas Productions
Release date
  • 10 January 1986 (1986-01-10)
Country India
Language Tamil

Saadhanai (English: 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-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-Nalini 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 in 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 falls in love in real life too.As the drama unfolds finally Prabhu and Bhuvani dies by intaking poison in a touching climax.



The soundtrack, featuring seven songs, was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1][2] Ilaiyaraaja also appears in the film as himself.

  1. Anbae Anbae - S. Janaki
  2. Athi Mara Poovidhu — S. Janaki
  3. Ingae Naan Kandaen - Malaysia Vasudevan, Vani Jayaram
  4. Oh Vaanambaadi — S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
  5. Raja Mohini — S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubramaniyam
  6. Vaadi En Rukku — Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki
  7. Vaazhvae Vaa — S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubramaniyam


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