|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
|Music by||S. A. Rajkumar|
|Edited by||K. Thanigachalam|
Pudhu Vasantham (transl. New Spring) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language musical drama film, directed by Vikraman in his directorial debut, starring Murali, Anand Babu, Raja, Charle and Sithara. The film, produced by R. B. Choudary and R. Mohan, had musical score by S. A. Rajkumar and was released on 14 April 1990. It was remade in Kannada as Shruthi the same year, and in Hindi as Baharon Ke Manzil a year later.
Four friends - Balu (Murali), Michael (Anand Babu), Raja (Raja) and Manohar (Charlie) are street musicians who aim to achieve big in life despite leading a below poverty life. Balu sings, Michael dances and plays tabla, Raja plays guitar while Manohar plays flute. One day, the friends come across Gowri (Sithara), a seemingly mute girl. They help Gowri to find an address which she is looking for, however, the person Gowri intended to meet has left to London and will return only after a year. The four pity Gowri as she is helpless and allows her to stay with them.
Friendship blossoms for Gowri with four men and she does the household activities while the men seek opportunities to prove their talents. One day, they see Gowri negotiating with a vegetable vendor and the four get furious knowing Gowri has cheated them by acting as a mute girl. Gowri apologizes to them and tells a flashback.
Gowri is a rich girl born and brought up in Ooty. She is the only daughter of a rich estate owner, however her parents die when she was young following which Vishwam (RP Vishwam) was appointed as a care taker for Gowri. Vishwam is greedy and plans to abduct Gowri's wealth. Gowri is in love with her schoolmate Suresh (Suresh) who hails from Chennai. Suresh has plans to leave to London for higher education. Meanwhile, Vishwam comes with a plan of marrying Gowri, so that he can inherit all her wealth. Gowri retaliates and runs away from Ooty to Chennai with the hope of meeting Suresh. However, Suresh is already left to London before she could find his house. She also says that the four men are so genuine and she liked their friendship which made her feel safe. Just to get their sympathy, she pretended to be mute. The four men are convinced and allow her to stay with them until Suresh returns. Gowri, with the help of her old business acquittance, gets an opportunity for the four men to perform at a music competition.
Meanwhile, Suresh returns from London and unites with Gowri. Now Gowri leaves to Suresh's home. Suresh does not like Gowri befriending these four poor men. Also, Suresh takes Gowri to a doctor to check her virginity which shatters Gowri. The four men visit Suresh's home requesting Gowri and Suresh to attend the music competition, but Suresh turns down and insults them. The four men feel devastated and leave the place. Surprisingly, the four men find Gowri seated among audience during the competition. Post their performance, they enquire about Suresh, for which Gowri responds that she has broken up with Suresh as he has no trust on her. The four men win the music competition and gain publicity.
After a few days, it is shown that the four men become leading musicians in film industry. Gowri also sings. The film ends showing that they remain as true friends forever.
- Murali as Balu
- Anand Babu as Michael
- Raja as Raja
- Charle as Manohar
- Sithara as Gowri
- Suresh as Suresh
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Balu's father
- R. P. Viswam as Viswam
- K. S. Ravikumar as security guard (uncredited)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||S. A. Rajkumar|
|1||"Aayiram Thirunal"||K. S. Chithra, Kalyan||Muthulingam||4:16|
|2||"Gowrikku Thirumanam"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Vaali||4:27|
|3||"Idhu Mudhal Mudhala"||S. A. Rajkumar||S. A. Rajkumar||4:32|
|4||"Pattu Onnu Paadattuma"||Dr. K.J Yesudas||S.A Rajkumar||4:36|
|5||"Pattu Onnu Naan Paadattuma"||P. Susheela, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||3:48|
|6||"Podu Thalam"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Muthulingam||4:11|
|7||"Vaarungal Vaarungal"||Mano, K. S. Chithra||Vaali||4:18|
|8||"Idhu Mudhal Mudhala"||P. Susheela||S.A Rajkumar||4:32|
|9||"Adaludan Padalai Kettu"||P. Susheela, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||Vaali||2:12|
Pudhu Vasantham was released on 14 April 1990 alongside another Murali starrer Silambu. On 28 April 1990, Ananda Vikatan wrote that the friendship between four aspiring musicians and Gowri had been shown in a grand manner without diluting its purity. The reviewer also praised Rajkumar's music, and said the film proved that with a strong script, audiences would be engaged well even if there is no artiste value. Despite the lack of stars and its director being a newcomer, the film was a major commercial success, running for over 25 weeks in theatres, and was reported by India Today to be the "biggest success" of 1990.
|1990 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards||Best Film||Pudhu Vasantham|||
|38th Filmfare Awards South||Best Film – Tamil||Pudhu Vasantham|||
|Best Music Director – Tamil||S. A. Rajkumar|
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