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Nammavar is a 1994 Tamil-language drama film directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan, and starring Kamal Haasan and Gautami in the lead roles. The film was among 1994 Deepavali releases, and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil and Second Prize of Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film. It was dubbed in Telugu as Professor Viswam.[1]

Promotional poster
Directed byK. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced byR. Venkatarama Reddy
Written by
Music byMahesh Mahadevan
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byN. P. Satish
Distributed byChandamama Vijaya Combines
Release date
  • 2 November 1994 (1994-11-02)
Running time
178 minutes
Budget₹3.7 crore
Box office₹9.75 crore

Haasan plays a revolutionary history lecturer of a college. The film follows how he tries to reform the downtrodden college by his initiatives and its consequences. The background score and music was composed by debutant Mahesh.

Nagesh won National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for this movie.



Dr. Selvam (Kamal Haasan) is the new vice-principal and history professor in a college ruled by the donor's son Ramesh (Karan), who is essentially a spoiled brat, who, owing to the lack of parental guidance, turns into a good-for-nothing, and also influences the other students in the college by his tyrannical use of money and power. Sparks fly between the two, but Selvam manages to transform most of the college.

Vasanthi (Gouthami) is also a professor in the same college who initially disapproves of Selvam's methods, but later falls for him. Selvam is revealed to be a cancer patient, who is seeking answers to fight his inner demons by doing good to the college. When all his methods to insult Selvam fail, and when one of his gang turns against him, Ramesh retaliates by implicating his ex-friend's lover Nirmala (Brinda), who is also the daughter of one of the college lecturers Prabhakar Rao (Nagesh), in a brothel raid, which leads to her suicide. The inevitable final clash ensues, where Selvam still does not want to harm Ramesh and is still willing to offer him a second chance. In the end, Selvam and Vasanthi leave for the US seeking a cure for his cancer and hoping the college will be truly reformed when they return.



The first day shoot was at held at the Vijaya Vauhini studios, with Karan as a student and Kamal Haasan as professor in a classroom scenario.[2]


The film received positive reviews from critics. Malini Mannath of The Indian Express wrote "The filmmaker tries to be little different, at times moving away from cliches and conclusions. But he couldn't entirely do without them either."[3]

In 1995 at the National Film Awards, Nagesh was awarded Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal in the film, as well winning the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize.

Film historian S. Theodore Baskaran felt that Oru Thalai Ragam and Nammavar were the "two most representative Tamil films about students".[4]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube

This movie features 6 songs composed by Mahesh Mahadevan, while the lyrics were written by Pulamaipithan and Vairamuthu. The music director, prior to signing the project had been diagnosed with blood cancer and since, it has been debated that Kamal Haasan's cancer-ridden role in the film was a tribute to Mahesh.[5] Before his death in 2002, Mahesh went on to work in the sound department in Kamal Haasan's Kuruthipunal and Aalavandhan. The soundtrack was also marked the debut of noted singer, Srinivas.[6]

Track list
1."Poonnkuyil Paadinal"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra 
2."Ethilum Valvlan Da"Kamal Haasan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha 
3."Mannil Engum"Mano, Neol James 
4."Sorgam Enbathu Namakku"Srinivas, Swarnalatha 
5."Udai Oodu Pirakkavillai"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha 
6."Instrumental Theme Music"  
Telugu Track list
1."Puvvule Padithe" 
2."Sorgam Emiti" 
3."Instrumental Theme Music" 


  1. ^ "Professor Viswam - 1995 Telugu HD Full Movie - Kamal Hassan - Gowthami- ETV Cinema" – via
  2. ^ "Emotions interest him". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "The Indian Express - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ Joshi, Namrata (27 February 2016). "Where is the student in Indian cinema?" – via
  5. ^ "".
  6. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Madurai : Singing, swinging and swaying".

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