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Punnagai Mannan (1986)

After a failed suicide attempt that ultimately leaves his lover dead, a dancer changes his life.




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Cast overview:
Chaplin Chellappa
Revathy ...
Rekha Mallick ...
Ranjini (as Rekha)
Srividya ...
Delhi Ganesh
Vijaya Chandrika


After a failed suicide attempt that ultimately leaves his lover dead, a dancer changes his life.

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This movie was one of the first to showcase chalakudi water falls that was not famous at the time of the shooting of this movie. KB while scouting for locations in Kerala saw a small board indicating that there is a falls and went in search of it. After the movie, the falls became famous as punnagai Mannan falls and became a tourist spot in its own right. The rocks with engravings used in the movie are still visible. During the shoot, there were heavy rains and the shooting crew used to wait for the rains to take a break and then rushed to the spot to capture the scenes. See more »


Vaan Maegam Poo Poovaai
Written by: Vairamuthu
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: K.S. Chitra'
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Journey Of Love

Punnagai Manan is undoubtedly one of the finest love stories set against a musical backdrop to emerge in Indian cinema. Directed by the veteran of Tamil cinema K. Balachandar, he once again paints the celluloid with a touching story about the immortality of love. The film opens as Sethu (Kamal Haasan) and Ranjini (Rekha) count their moments before plunging to death as they're communion is opposed by her parents. Since Sethu belongs to a low class and his father being a cook, Ranjini's father strongly dismisses him from being his prospective son-in-law. In the fateful event, Ranjini dies but Sethu survives. He's sentenced to one-year imprisonment much to his own surprise, as he doesn't wish to live. His uncle, Chaplin Chellapa (Kamal Haasan) a man who dedicated his life to make people laugh, instils hope and sense into him. Upon his return from prison he heads home, but finds new additions to his father's growing collection of wife's. Not wanting to be a part of the herd, he takes up a job as a dance instructor in an arts centre offered by Padmini (Srividya), who runs the institute. He spots Malini (Revathi) on the verge of committing suicide at the very place he plunged with Ranjani, which he now considers as his 'monument of love'. He succeeds in persuading her to change her mind, giving a few insights on the values of life to which she humbly submits. Malini develops a liking towards Sethu, and enrols in his dance class, but his hostile rude attitude towards her makes things difficult. Her love increases even more when she learns about his past from Chaplin Chellapa, who also provides her with ample ideas to woo him. Despite his best attempts to stay away from Malini, Sethu is drawn to her and confesses his secret admiration towards her ever since they met. Life brings upon a sea of change as Sethu begins to reinvent himself through Malini's immense love. All's well until he meets Malini's parents, as they humiliate him for being a cook's son, whereas Malini hails from a wealthy Sri Lankan family. Sethu's past misfortunes continue to chase him as Malini's parents firmly reject their love. Will history repeat itself…

The musical sequence just before Sethu proposes Malini is regarded as one of the most cherished moments on screen of Tamil cinema. Kamal deserves applause for bringing back to life cinema's most loved character of all time as homage to Charlie Chaplin. An evergreen love story that has stood the test of time, and a classic that is not to be missed.

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