Puriyaadha Pudhir

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Puriyaadha Puthir
Directed by K. S. Ravikumar
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by K. S. Ravikumar
Story by Sunil Kumar Desai
Starring Rahman
Sarath Kumar
Anand Babu
Music by S. A. Rajkumar
Cinematography A. Haribabu
Edited by K. Thanikachalam
Super Good Films
Release date
7 September 1990
Country India
Language Tamil

Puriyaadha Puthir (Mystifying Puzzle) is a 1990 Indian thriller film directed by K. S. Ravikumar in his directorial debut. It is a remake of the 1989 Kannada film Tarka, itself based on Agatha Christie's play, The Unexpected Guest.


Rahman escapes from prison and comes to Rekha's house. He finds that her husband is murdered. Rahman asks Rekha to hide him from the police. As Rekha knows him from her college days, she believes him to be innocent.

The next day, when he asks Rekha why she murdered her husband (Raghuvaran), she tells him about her past. Raghuvaran hated beautiful women as he was harassed badly by his stepmother. Hence, he used to ill-treat Rekha. Her childhood friend Babu (Anand Babu), a disco dancer, advised Raghuvaran not to do so, but to no avail. Hence Babu was very angry with him. One day, after giving another dose of torture to Rekha, Raghuvaran went upstairs. Later, Rekha found him to be murdered. She did not know who the murderer was.

In an interesting plot twist, a police officer also gets involved. One day in the bar, where Babu was dancing, one of Raghuvaran's former aides was found murdered and the knife used to kill him was found to be in Babu's hands. At this point, everyone involved in this case have been taken into police custody, and babu was tortured by the police because of his finger prints in the knife. On seeing this and the pain experienced by the babu, Rahman reveals the truth. His lover (Sithara) was raped by Raghuvaran and two of his friends in front of him. When Raghuvaran tried to kill Rahman, she saved him by coming in between and in the process got stabbed. When Rahman tried to remove the knife and save her, the police arrest him since he is caught with the knife in his hand and Sithara been stabbed. He was given death sentence in her murder case. Rahman escaped prison in order to seek revenge, and he killed raghuvaran and his friend. After he revealed the truth, he escapes from the police custody to kill another friend of Raghuvaran. The film end at this point by asking the viewers to not to reveal the story.



Puriyaadha Pudhir was the directorial debut of K. S. Ravikumar who earlier assisted Vikraman.[1] It was a remake of the Kannada film Tarka (1989), itself based on the Agatha Christie play The Unexpected Guest.[2] The film was planned to be filmed in a 30-day schedule, at the rate of 1 lakh (equivalent to 7.0 lakh or US$9,700 in 2017) per day, which would bring the entire budget to 30 lakh (equivalent to 2.1 crore or US$290,000 in 2017). Ravikumar finished the entire film in 29 days, saving the producer a lakh.[1]


On 21 September 1990, N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "Puriyaadha Pudhir is a murder thriller that is interesting, and well made from Kodambakkam standards."[3]

Due to the film's failure, Ravikumar opted against directing films under the suspense genre and went on to make action entertainers in his career.[4][5][6]

Shelved remake

This film was remade in Malayalam as Chodhyam, directed by G. S. Vijayan and produced by R. B. Chaudary himself. The film however was shelved after shoot. The film starred Rahman, Captain Raju in the lead roles with superstar Mohanlal making a guest appearance.[7]


  1. ^ a b Rangarajan, Malathi (16 October 2009). "Life sparkles". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ Aldridge, Mark (2016). Agatha Christie on Screen. Springer. p. 301. ISBN 978-1-349-67695-8.
  3. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (21 September 1990). "Puriyaadha Pudhir". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ "KS Ravikumar Birthday Feature". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  5. ^ "Above and Beyond: The KS Ravikumar Interview". Silverscreen.in. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Giving hits, his speciality". Thehindu.com. 2002-10-30. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  7. ^ "Mohanlal big budget films that never released — MalayalamEmagazine.com". MalayalamEmagazine.com. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

External links

  • Thenisai review
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