Avatharam (1995 film)

For other films, see Avatharam.
Directed by Nassar
Produced by Vaidyanathan
Written by Nassar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. Sridharan
Edited by M. N. Raja
Kamalam Movies
Release dates
  • 9 June 1995 (1995-06-09)
Running time
125 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Avatharam (English: Incarnation) is a 1995 Tamil musical film written and directed by Nassar, making his directorial debut. The film features Nassar and Revathi in lead roles. The film, produced by Vaidyanathan, had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 9 June 1995 to critical acclaim.[1][2][3]


Kuppusamy (Nassar), an innocent man, dreams to perform in Pandi's troupe. Pandi (Delhi Ganesh) is a respected male troupe leader, and the troupe performs in Hindu festivals. Baasi (Bala Singh) is expelled from the troupe for his bad behaviour. Finally, Pandi accepts Kuppusamy into his troupe. Ponnamma (Revathi), Pandi's daughter, a blind girl, falls in love with Kuppusamy. For some time, the festivals organizers prefer female dancers. Pandi dies during a stage performance and the troupe splits up. Kuppusamy leaves the village with Ponnamma to become a cinema actor. There, they meet Baasi and he accommodates them. Baasi rapes Ponnamma and kills her. Kuppusamy is sent to a mental hospital but he manages to escape. Kuppusamy is determined to take revenge.



Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:52
Producer Ilaiyaraaja

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1995, features 6 tracks.[4][5][6][7] The below sound tracks were made within three days by Ilaiyaraaja.

All lyrics written by Vaali, except where noted. 

Track list
No. TitleSinger(s) Length
1. "Arithaaratha Poosikolla Aasai"  Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki 5:53
2. "Chandirarum Sooriyarum"  Ilaiyaraaja 6:09
3. "Kanni Randil Etri Vaikkum"  Chorus 2:53
4. "Oru Gundu Mani Kulunguthadi"  Ilaiyaraaja 5:01
5. "Thendral Vanthu Theendumbothu"  Ilaiyaraaja , S. Janaki 5:24
6. "Thondru Thottu Indru Varai" (Muthu Koothan)Malaysia Vasudevan 5:32
Total length:


The film received critical acclaim but bombed at the box office.[8][9]


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  9. "Movie Review : Pop-carn". sify.com. Retrieved 2012-09-02.

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