Paayum Puli (1983 film)

For 2015 film, see Paayum Puli (2015 film).
Paayum Puli
Directed by SP. Muthuraman
Produced by M. Kumaran
M. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written by Panchu Arunachalam
Starring Rajinikanth
V. K. Ramasamy
Silk Smitha
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Babu
Edited by R. Vittal
Distributed by AVM Productions
Release dates
14 January 1983
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 18 million (equivalent to 210 million or US$3.2 million in 2016)[1]

Paayum Puli is a 1983 Tamil action film directed by SP. Muthuraman and starring Rajinikanth and Radha. It was a blockbuster and completed a 133-day run at the box office. The movie was dubbed in Telegu as Debbaku Debba and Hindi as Fauladi Mukka .[2][3]


When a smuggler kills his sister, a naive, immature man (Rajinikanth) vows to deliver justice for her death and joins a martial arts school. He trains hard there to become a master fighter, honing his fighting skills. Taking on a new identity, Paayum Puli (Pouncing Tiger), he sets off for revenge, but the affection of a beautiful woman (Radha) soon puts a hitch in his plans. the fight sounds are much different composed by stunt coordinator judo .rathnam.



Bruce Lee was immensely popular throughout the world and his films were huge hits. Cashing on the huge success of 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, S. P. Muthuraman and Panju Arunachalam designed the story of a helpless person who takes training in a martial arts school to avenge the death of his sister. Rajini worked hard on action scenes. Fight master Judo. K. K. Rathnam was appreciated for his innovative action scenes. Paayum Puli was a hat-trick success for Rajini-AVM-SPM combo.[4][5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali.[6] The song "Aadi Maasam" was well received and it was late remixed by Srikanth Deva in the film Thottupaar (2010).[7]

Song Singers Lyrics Duration (mm:ss)
Aadi Maasam S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 5:34
Aappa Kada Malaysia Vasudevan, P. Susheela 3:20
Pothu Kittu Malaysia Vasudevan, P. Susheela 4:25
Vaa Mama S. Janaki 4:32



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