Paagan (English: Mahout) is a 2012 Indian Tamil comedy film directed by debutante Mohammed Aslam, who was an associate to Ameer Sultan.[1] It stars Srikanth and Janani Iyer in the lead roles. Kovai Sarala plays an important role in this film. James Vasanthan composed the film's score.[2]

Directed byMohammed Aslam
Produced byViswas U Lad
V. Purushothaman
Written byMohammed Aslam
Janani Iyer
Music byJames Vasanthan
CinematographyLaxman Kumar
Edited byKevin
V P Productions
Distributed byVendhar Movies
Release date
  • 7 September 2012 (2012-09-07)



In January 2012, Ameer Sultan announced that his assistant Aslam would direct Srikanth,[1] in his debut film Paagan which was claimed to be a comedy.[3] After completing Nanban, Srikanth started working for this film;[4] for the role, he was said to have lost 7 kilos.[5] Janani Iyer of Avan Ivan fame was selected as lead actress[6] while comedians Kovai Sarala, Pandi and Soori were selected to essay supporting roles and comical relief. Filming was held in Tirupur and Pollachi. During a stunt sequence where Srikanth should escape from fire, his rope got cut but he safely landed without hurt. The film was shot with an ARRI 435, ARRI 435X-TREME and Sony F65 camera.[7]


Soundtrack album by
Released4 September 2012 (2012-09-04)
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
James Vasanthan chronology

James Vasanthan has composed the soundtrack. Audio was released on 1 September 2012, five days before film's release at Sathyam Cinemas.[8] The song have been written by Na. Muthukumar, Vrikshika, Niranjan Bharathi and Mohanrajan. The song "Poonthendralai" had been sung by Alka Ajith. Furthermore, comedians Paandi and Soori, who acted in this film, had also sung a song.[9]

Behindwoods wrote: "The two themes definitely add value to the overall soundtrack which is easy on the ears, save the ‘kuthu’ number. Decent attempt by James Vasanthan".[10] Milliblog wrote: "After his last – Eesan, almost 2 years ago! – James’ music continues to be fickle".[11]

  • "Thatti Thaavi" – Krish
  • "Poonthendralai" – Alka Ajith
  • "Simba Simba" – Sunandan, Pandi and Soori
  • "Ippadi Or" – Nivas, Saranya
  • "Ennai Mannippaya" – Prasad
  • "Love Never Fails" –
  • "Life Is A Cycle" –


Chennai online reported that the satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV but instead it went to Zee Thamizh.[12] The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. Paagan released on 7 September 2012.[13]


Paagan opened to mixed reviews from critics. The Times of India's reviewer wrote that the film "promises good fun but sadly, never fulfils it".[14] Sify's critic labelled the film as a "light hearted comedy which could have been better if some care was taken over its script".[15] Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff cited: "Aslam's dialogues, the village milieu and the feel-good mood make for good viewing. But there are moments when the screenplay turns choppy".[16] Deccan Chronicle's reviewer claimed that there was "nothing new by way of script, yet the narrative style and humour quotient makes the film worth a watch".[17] A critic from Behindwoods noted that Paagan did not have "much going in its favor and turns out a bland fare".[18] Chennaionline wrote: "Overall movie is good time pass".[19] rated 2.5/5 and wrote that it was "worth a watch".[20]


The film took a below average opening and grossed Rs. 15,40,132 in first week.[21]


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  3. ^ "Pagan – a complete comedy". Behindwoods. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  4. ^ "After Nanban, it's Paagan". Rediff. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Srikanth loses 7 kilos for Paagan". Sify. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Srikanth – Janani Iyer in 'Paagan'". IndiaGlitz. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Srikanth: Call me an accident baby!". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Paagan audio launch". Sify. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Parotta Suri and Pandi turn singers in Paagan". Full On Cinema. Retrieved 17 September 2012.[dead link]
  10. ^ "PAAGAN MUSIC REVIEW - PAAGAN MUSIC REVIEW". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Paagan (Music review), Tamil – James Vasanthan by Milliblog!". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Sun TV acquires satellite rights of Paagan". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Paagan confirmed for Sept 7th". Kolly Talk. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Paagan - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
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  16. ^ "Review: Paagan is a feel-good film". Rediff. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Paagan Review". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  18. ^ "PAAGAN REVIEW - PAAGAN MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
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  20. ^ "Paagan is worth a watch". Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  21. ^ "Paagan box office collection". Retrieved 3 February 2016.