Pavithra (Tamil: பவித்ரா) is a 1994 Tamil language drama film written, produced and directed by K. Subash under his home banner, Dhanooja Films. The film features Raadhika in the lead role with Nassar and Ajith Kumar in supporting roles. The film's music was by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Vairamuthu. The film opened on 2 November 1994 as one among the Deepavali releases audio song released November 1994 and received critical acclaim.
|Directed by||K. Subash|
|Produced by||K. Subash|
|Written by||K. Subash|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Cinematography||Bernat S. David|
|Edited by||P. Madhan Mohan|
|Distributed by||Thanuja Films|
|Budget||₹73 lakh (equivalent to ₹3.6 crore or US$520,000 in 2018) Song lanched 1994 November|
The film is about a quasi-mother-son relationship between Pavithra (Raadhika) and Ashok (Ajith Kumar). Ashok is a patient suffering from cancer, and Pavithra is a nurse in the hospital where he is being treated. Since Ashok's age is same as her child (which was still born and died and she is childless), Pavithra showers maternal affection on him, which her husband mistakes as something else because of a villain doctor, who is a rogue. Confusion ensues, and Pavithra misunderstands Ashok. In the end, Ashok dies and Pavithra adopts a baby as her own child.
- Ajith Kumar as Ashok
- Raadhika as Pavithra
- Nassar as Raghunathan
- Keerthana as Chitra
- S. S. Chandran as Neighbor of raghunathan
- Vadivelu as Thenmozhi's husband
- Kovai Sarala as Thenmozhi
- Disco Shanti as Shiba
- Junior Balaiah
- Kitty as Dr. Nambiyar
- Kaka Radhakrishnan as Subbu's grandfather
- R. S. Shivaji as Subbu
- Loose Mohan as Rickshaw driver
The title denotes Sanskrit for purity. Ajith Kumar revealed in an interview that his positive role in the film changed his outlook on cinema and take acting seriously as a career. Ajith Kumar's character was dubbed for by Sekar, in his second venture.
The film was released with Kamal Haasan starrer Nammavar. Upon release, the film received a negative review from the New Sundaty Times. The film went on to win two National Film Awards; the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Unnikrishnan and the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for Vairamuthu. Furthermore, the film won third prize in the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film winners list.
|Film score by|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
All tracks are written by Vairamuthu, Pazhani Bharathi.
|1.||"Sevvaanam Chinna Pen"||Vairamuthu||Mano, S. P. B. Pallavi||3:47|
|2.||"Eechambazham"||Pazhani Bharathi||Shahul Hameed, K. S. Chithra||4:59|
|3.||"Uyirum Neeyae"||Vairamuthu||P. Unnikrishnan||5:25|
|4.||"Azhagu Nilave"||Vairamuthu||K. S. Chithra||5:23|
- "Bad back, great future", rediff.com, 6 July 1999.
- "Meet Shah Rukh's Tamil voice", rediff.com, 25 January 2007.
- Vijiyan, K. (19 December 1994). "Many flaws in this sentimental attempt". New Sunday Times. p. 28. Retrieved 1 April 2019.