Vetri Padigal

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Vetri Padigal
Directed byManobala
Written byLiaquat Ali Khan (dialogues)
Screenplay byManobala
Story byMahesh Kothare
Produced byG. Saravanan
K. Ganesh
K. Ramraja
CinematographyB. R. Vijayalakshmi
Edited byG. R. Anil Malnad
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Chitramahaal and S. A. Enterprises
Release date
  • 15 March 1991 (1991-03-15)
Running time
110 minutes

Vetri Padigal (transl. Steps of success) is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Manobala. The film stars Ramki and Nirosha, with Srividya, R. Sarathkumar, V. K. Ramasamy, Jai Ganesh and Vinu Chakravarthy playing supporting roles. It was released on 15 March 1991.[1]


A robbery gang terrorized the state of Tamil Nadu. The police officer Mahesh (Ramki) is charged to dismantle the gang. Mahesh lives with his widowed blind sister Vidya (Srividya), and his niece Anu. The reporter Vimala (Nirosha) compels Mahesh for an interview, but he refuses. She later finds herself swooning over his investigative intellect. They later fall in love with each other. Guruji (R. Sarathkumar), the local gang-buster, then becomes discomposed with Mahesh for falling in love with Vimala, his ex-fiancé.

In the past, Mahesh was a happy-go-lucky and immature youth. Furthermore, Mahesh hated the police while his brother-in-law, a police officer, was in charge to catch the robbery gang. His brother-in-law was later killed in a bomb blast, and his sister became blind. To take revenge, Mahesh became a police officer. The rest of the story is about how Mahesh catches the robbery gang and its leader Guruji.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali and Siva.[2][3]

Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
"Enadhu Thittangal" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 4:47
"Kanavu Palithadu" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Siva 4:59
"Oru Kaathu" S. Janaki, Saibaba Vaali 4:33
"Unnai Kaakkum" Ilaiyaraaja 1:22


  1. ^ "Vetri Padigal (1991)". Screen4Screen. Archived from the original on 19 October 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Vettri Padigal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Single". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 24 April 2023. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Vetripadigal Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 19 October 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.

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