Punarjanmam (1972 film)

Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced by M. O. Joseph
Screenplay by Thoppil Bhasi
Story by A. T. Kovoor
Starring Prem Nazir
Music by Devarajan
Cinematography Melli Irani
Edited by M. S. Mani
Release dates
  • 18 August 1972 (1972-08-18)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Punarjanmam (Malayalam: പുനർജന്മം, Translation: Reincarnation) is an Indian Malayalam film starring Prem Nazir and Jayabharathi. It is the first erotic psychic thriller in the history of Indian cinema.[1] The film is directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan based on a case history published by famous atheist and psychiatrist A. T. Kovoor in Mathrubhumi weekly. The film as well as Prem Nazir's performance won immense critical acclaim.[1] The film was remade in Tamil as Maru Piravi with Muthuraman and Manjula in the lead.[2][3][4]


Aravindan, a college lecturer, falls in love with his student Radha and marries her. However, the couple's sexual life is a failure, causing intense agony to Radha's father, Panikkar who is keen to have grandchildren. When all other means fail, Panikkar approaches a psychiatrist, who finds out that Aravindan's inability to have sex with Radha may have something to do with his intense affection for his mother, who had died just six months before Aravindan met Radha. How the doctor cajoles Radha into solving her husband's illness forms the climax.



The music was composed by G. Devarajan and lyrics was written by Vayalar Ramavarma.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Kaakkem Kaakkede Kunjum CO Anto Vayalar Ramavarma
2 Kaamashasthramezhuthiya P Jayachandran Vayalar Ramavarma
3 Kaamini Kaavyamohini K. J. Yesudas Vayalar Ramavarma
4 Madana Panchami P. Madhuri Vayalar Ramavarma
5 Premabhikshuki Bhikshuki K. J. Yesudas Vayalar Ramavarma
6 Sooryakaantha Kalppadavil P Susheela Vayalar Ramavarma
7 Unnikkai Valaru P. Leela Vayalar Ramavarma
8 Velichamasthamichu P. Madhuri Vayalar Ramavarma


  1. 1 2 K. N. Shajikumar (5 April 2010). "മനസ്സിന്റെ കാണാപ്പുറങ്ങള്‍". Janayugam. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2011. zero width joiner character in |title= at position 26 (help)
  2. "Punarjanmam". www.malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  3. "Punarjanmam". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  4. "Punarjanmam". spicyonion.com. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
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