Pudhea Paadhai (English: New Path; often spelled as Pudhiya Paadhai) is a 1989 Tamil drama film written and directed by R. Parthiepan. Parthiepan's directorial debut, it features himself in the lead role as an inhumane ruffian who gets reformed by his rape victim, portrayed by Seetha. The film released to critical acclaim and emerged a box-office success, while also winning several accolades including two National Film Awards, and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. It was remade in Kannada in 1990 as Hosa Jeevana, in Hindi in 1991 as Benaam Badsha, in 1991 in Telugu as Rowdy Gaari Pellam and in 1996 in Malayalam as Swarnakireedam.
|Directed by||R. Parthiepan|
|Produced by||A. Sundaram|
|Written by||R. Parthiepan|
|Edited by||M. N. Raja|
|Budget||₹ 38 LAKS|
|Box office||₹2 crore|
The tale dealt with the case where an evil goon who would murder his mother for money being reformed by an iron-willed woman. He had raped her for money to stop her marriage forever so that her step-mother can stop her property from going out of her hand. However, she reforms him by pointing out the impact of his actions at each stage showing him how people are affected by him instead of the usual formulaic reformation by love story.
The climax was the highlight of the film with the girl being killed by hired guns who wanted revenge on both him for his days before reformation and her step-mother. Instead of going after them for revenge, having truly reformed, he takes their kid and leaves off to find a new life away from all of them.
The highlight of the movie was the top notch performance by Manorama as the aunt/mother-figure of the girl who pepped her up whenever she felt let down which got her huge accolades including a National Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Parthiban, an erstwhile assistant of K. Bhagyaraj made his directorial debut with this film. The film was initially titled as Kelvikkuri with Babji of Hemnag films producing it. However, after shooting for 3 days, it was stopped. Babji advised Parthiban to tell the story to Sundaram, a popular distributor. Sundaram liked the script and decided to produce the film. They went to Rajini who suggested Parthiban to play the hero. Though Parthiban was keen on roping another actor (Arjun or Satyaraj) for the leading role but Sundaram wanted him to play the role considering what Rajini said and the budget. Sundaram wanted the different title, he then selected Puthiya Paathai from the 50 titles shortlisted. The film was made with a budget of 38 lakhs.
|1990||Hosa Jeevana||Kannada||Shankar Nag||H. R. Bhargava|
|1991||Benaam Badsha||Hindi||Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Shilpa Shirodkar||K. Ravi Shankar|
|1991||Rowdy Gaari Pellam||Telugu||Mohan Babu|
|1996||Swarnakireedam||Malayalam||Manoj K. Jayan, Vani Viswanath, Kalabhavan Mani||V. M. Vinu|
|Soundtrack album by|
|1.||"Yarappathiyum"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||3:36|
|2.||"Appan Yaru"||Vairamuthu||K.J. Yesudas||4:36|
|3.||"Thalaiva"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam||5:06|
|4.||"Pachaippulla"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam||4.26|
|5.||"Kannadicha"||Vairamuthu||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja||4:34|
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