|Written by||T. N. Balu|
|Starring||M. K. Muthu|
Vennira Aadai Nirmala
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|25 October 1973|
Pookkari (transl. The Flower Girl) is a 1973 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Krishnan–Panju and produced by Anjugam Pictures. It stars M. K. Muthu, Ambareesh, Manjula, Vennira Aadai Nirmala, Jayachitra, Jayakumari and V. K. Ramasamy.
Valli (Manjula) is a flower seller and her brother Srinivasan is a real estate broker. One day, Valli meets a young man (Muthu) and they fall in love. Meanwhile, there is a wealthy man (V. K. Ramasamy) with a daughter, Shyamala (Nirmala). He has a nephew Ravi (Ambareesh) who is a womaniser. Although Ravi has a mistress (Jayakumari), he is also after Muthu's sister (Jayachitra), who he eventually rapes. Traumatised by the incident, she loses her voice. Ravi and Muthu fight frequently, but during one such incident, Jayachitra pleads with Muthu to spare Ravi. During that incident, she also regains her voice and Ravi agrees to marry her. Upon realising this, a shocked Jayamala plans to go to the wedding hall in disguise, with a hidden gun, and shoot Ravi dead. Shyamala learns of Jayamala's plans and rushes to save Ravi, but Valli takes the bullet instead. Before dying, she manages to unite Shyamala and Muthu. Ravi and Jayachitra marry.
Pookkari was directed by the duo Krishnan–Panju, and produced under the banner Anjugam Pictures. Panju edited the film under the pseudonym "Panjabi". It was photographed by Amritham, a relative of politician and screenwriter M. Karunanidhi. The story and dialogue were written by T. N. Balu.
|1.||"Kaadhalin Pon Veedhiyil"||S. Janaki, T. M. Soundararajan|
|2.||"Muppathu Paisa"||L. R. Eswari|
|3.||"Muththuppal Sirippennavo"||P. Susheela, T. M. Soundararajan|
Pookkari was released on 25 October 1973, and failed commercially. Film historian Randor Guy praised the performances of the cast and described "Kaadhalin Pon Veedhiyil" as "one of the finest melodies of Tamil cinema".
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