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Directed bySaravana Pandian
Produced byM. K. Hari Shankar
StarringK. S. Adhiyaman
Raj Kapoor
Music byIlayaraja
Muthu Movies
Release date
4 December 1998

Thalaimurai (transl. Generation) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Saravana Pandian and produced by M. K. Hari Shankar. The film stars director K. S. Adhiyaman in leading role along with Rajkiran, Kanaka, Bhanupriya, Revathi and Rajkapoor playing supporting roles. Revathi received Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actress.[1] Adhiyaman, the lead actor of this film later directed Telugu remake of this film Bobbili Vamsam.[citation needed]


Pandithurai (Raj Kiran) and Naachchiyaa (Revathi) are a respectable couple in the village. Naachchiyaa manages to conceive after 7 seven long years of marriage. She has a still born baby – Pandithurai replaces the dead baby with an illegitimate baby born to Panchavarnam (Bhanupriya) in the same hospital the same day, out of love for his wife, since he thinks that she would die if she hears that her baby was born dead. Raj Kapoor is the villain who is the father of this baby; Panchavarnam and Pandithurai promise each other that they wouldn't reveal this secret to anybody; but their conversation is overheard by Radha Ravi (Naachchiyaa's loving elder brother) and starts hating Muthu since he thinks he is an illegitimate child born to Panchavarnam and Pandithurai, but manages to keep it to himself out of fear of breaking up his sister's family. Panchavarnam joins the thurai household as domestic help. The son Muthu grows up to be an irresponsible but a very tender man (Adhiyaman), he is greatly hated by his uncle and the entire village. Radha Ravi's daughter (played by newcomer Lakshmi) and Muthu are in love and are supported by the entire family except Radha Ravi, who knows the secret of Muthu's parentage. He blurts the truth out to his sister in anger when she asks the reason for his opposition to their children's marital union. How the various characters involved (Pandithurai, Naachchiyaa, Muthu and Panchavarnam) come to terms with this new revelation, forms the rest of the story.



Actress Lakshmi made her debut in the film under her original name. For her next ventures, including K. Rajan's Aval Paavam (2000), she changed her name to Ritika.[2][3]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Arivumathi, Then Mozhiyaan, Vasan and Nandalala.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Enna Petha Raasa" Ilaiyaraaja Arivumathi 04:48
2 "Enna Petha Raasa" Sunandha 04:33
3 "Vellimani Thottil Katta" Arunmozhi, Ilaiyaraaja, Sujatha Nandalala 05:13
4 "Thathi Thathi" Sujatha Vaasan 05:09
5 "Dapangkuthu" Swarnalatha, Arunmozhi Then Mozhiyaan 05:16
6 "Enga Maharaani" Ilaiyaraaja, Srinivas Vaasan 05:18
7 "Enna Petha Raasa" (Sad) Ilaiyaraaja Arivumathi 02:58


  1. ^ "Tamil Nadu state film awards announced; "Natpukkaga" bags best film award". The Hindu. 17 July 2000. Archived from the original on 30 April 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  2. ^ Rasika. "Plenty in a name!". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 8 July 2004. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  3. ^ "K Rajan's New Ventures". Archived from the original on 3 March 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Thalaimurai (1998)". Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.

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