Varusham Padhinaaru

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Varusham 16
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Directed byFazil
Written byGokula Krishnan (dialogues)
Screenplay byFazil
Story byFazil
Produced byOusepachan Vaalakuzhy
Edited byT. R. Sekar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Ganga Chithra Productions
Release date
17 February 1989

Varusham 16 (transl. Year 16) is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language drama film, directed by Fazil. The film stars Karthik and Khushbu, with Sukumari, V. K. Ramaswamy, Janagaraj and Vadivukkarasi in supporting roles.[1] It is a remake of Fazil's own Malayalam film Ennennum Kannettante. The film won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Karthik.[2] [3]


The film begins with Kannan (Karthik) being released from the prison after 16 years. Rajamani (Janagaraj), his grandfather's servant was there to receive him. Kannan enquires Rajamani about the past sixteen years. After entering into the house, he recollect his memories. Kannan is the eldest grandson of the family. Kannan arrives at the village for his family temple festival. Kannan is loved by all the family members. Kannan's maternal uncle's daughter also arrived for the festival after sixteen years. In the beginning, both of them tease each other, later both of fall in love. This is opposed by her grandmother and her maternal cousin. On the day of pooja festival, Radhika was shot dead by her cousin. An enraged Kannan get into a brawl with Moorthy and in that, Moorthy dies. Kannan was imprisoned for sixteen years. Kannan asked Rajamani to inform his arrival and the ritual has to be performed every year.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4]

Varusham Padhinaaru
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Gangai Karai Mannanadi" K. J. Yesudas Vaali 05:40
2 "Hey Aiyasamy" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 04:31
3 "Karayatha Manamum" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra 04:29
4 "Pazhamuthir Cholai" K. J. Yesudas 04:36
5 "Poo Pookum Masam" P. Susheela 04:45

Box office[edit]

Varusham Padhinaaru was super hit and ran more than 100 days in Tamil Nadu. This movie was the remake of Fazil's own Malayalam film, Ennennum Kannettante. But Ennennum Kannettante was a flop in Kerala.[5]


  1. ^ Arvind, T. (2 November 2017). "The numbers game: Tamil cinema's numerical titles". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  2. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (17 March 1989). "Varusham 16". The Indian Express. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Double honour for Kamal". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 14 June 1990. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Varusham 16 Songs". raaga. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  5. ^ Prema Manmadhan (23 December 2005). "Fazil-His experiments with cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 September 2016.

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