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Directed byG. M. Kumar
Written byG. M. Kumar
R. P. Viswam (dialogues)
Produced byD. P. Singh
Tarun Jalan
CinematographyVelu Prabhakaran
Edited byA. P. Manivannan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Prathik Pictures
Release date
  • 15 March 1991 (1991-03-15)
Running time
105 minutes

Uruvam (transl. Figure) is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language horror film, directed by G. M. Kumar. The film stars Mohan, Pallavi, R. P. Viswam, débutante Veera Pandiyan and Jaimala . It was released on 15 March 1991.[1][2][3]


The illegitimate son of a rich man loses a court battle over the palatial house in which he has been living. So he appeals to Bangaru Muni (Sathyajith) and he sets off a devastating abhichara prayoga (black magic attack) on the legitimate son Mohan (Mohan) and his family. Bangaru Muni unleashes dakini, sakini, Mohini pisachi and other pretas in house. He does the ashtadig bandhan so that person should not escape.

Mohan lives happily with his wife (Jaimala), his two children, his sister Raasi (Pallavi), his brother-in-law Ashok (Veera Pandiyan) and his wife's sister Meena (Roshini). They all move to the palatial house. Mohan is an atheist who doesn't believe in the supernatural or God. Soon, the family is disturbed by a supernatural spirit unleashed by Bangaru Muni. The spirit in Mohan's body kills his wife, his children and his brother-in-law and even Bangaru Muni. Finally, Jolna Swamy (R. P. Viswam) comes to their rescue and fights against the evil spirit which is in Mohan's body. Jolna Swamy finally destroys the spirit, but Mohan is sent to a mental asylum, where he grieves for not believing in Almighty God.




After the failure of his films Pick Pocket and Irumbu Pookkal, G. M. Kumar began work on his next film, also his first horror film. The film was produced by actress Pallavi's brother and another partner.[4][5]


Mohan accepted the offer of the protagonist and hoped for a fresh lease on his career. Pallavi signed on for this new project with G. M. Kumar, who acted in two of his previous films. R. P. Viswam would have a vital role of a Swamy and was also responsible for the dialogue. The newcomer Arasavarathan would essay the role as Pallavi's husband, while Jaimala would play as Mohan's wife. Three different cinematographers: K. Rajpreeth, Ilavarasan and Dhayal handle the camera, K. A. Balan was signed up as the art director, while A. P. Manivannan took up the post of the editor.[4]


The film was made on low budget, G. M. Kumar shot the film with three different units, each unit consisting of an assistant director and a cinematographer: S. Govindaraj with K. Rajpreeth, S. Selvakumar with Ilavarasan and D. Narayanamoorthy with Dhayal. G. M. Kumar managed to complete the film within 12 days. The film doesn't have any fights. Ilaiyaraaja provided mainly the background music and composed only one song. The film was heavily censored by the Indian Central Board of Film Certification, which gave the film an "A" certificate, an adult rating, due to its "mix of soft porn and hard horror".[4]


  1. ^ "uruvam ( 1991 )". Cinesouth. Archived from the original on 29 October 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. ^ சுந்தர்ஜி (24 March 1991). "உருவம்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 52. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  3. ^ "மறக்க முடியுமா? - உருவம்". Dinamalar (in Tamil). 25 September 2020. Archived from the original on 20 October 2022. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Krishnaswamy, K (22 February 1991). "Uruvam". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  5. ^ "GM Kumar – Director Bala's Pick". IndiaGlitz. 26 April 2011. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2013.

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