After thundering success of Muratukalai and Pokkiri
Raja, AVM produced Payum Puli. It was released on 14
January 1983 for Pongal.
At Chennai, Payum Puli was released at Alankar,
Maharani, Abirami and AVM Rajeswari Theaters. There was
not much competition and the following films were
released together with our Payum Puli :
Jyothi - Mohan
Yudhha Kaandam - Rajeev
Uruvangal Maralam - YGM (Rajini acted as guest role)
Silk, Slik, Slik - (Sili Smitha's own production)
It was an complete action packed film based on the some
scenes of 36th Chamber of Shaloin. Superstar worked hard
for this film especially for the fight scenes. The songs
became super hit as usual. Cameraman Babu did a great
job for "Pothukuttu Oothuthadi Vaanam" song. For "Aadi
Masama Kathadikke", SPB sang in different tone as per
the director request for Rajini different get
up. However, SPB was little upset after seeing on the
screen as there is no change in get up for Rajini.
Anyway, he was happy that Rajini did good dance movement
and it was super hit.
Coming to the boxoffice information. Absolutely no doubt
about it, it was a commerical hit film. The film did a
record business in shifting and also in B & C centers.
It mananged to run more than 100 days at the following
Chennai - Bala Abirami - 133 days
Madurai Saraswathi - 126 days
Chennai - Alankar - 100 days
Chennai - Maharani - 100 days
Chennai - AVM Rajeswari - 10 Weeks
Payum Puli broke record at Chennai Alankar theater
whereby it was houseful for 43 days continously.
Payum Puli 133 days function was held at Madurai
Saraswathi Theater. Kamala theater owner V.N.
Chidambaram was the chief guest for that function.
Superstar Rajini and AVM Saravanan also attended the
function. There were huge crowd inside and outside the
theater. The function was held in a very grand manner.
Police and theater management was not able to control
Once the function was over, the chief guest V.N.
Chidambaram was about to come down from the stage. One
of the the die hard fan rushed to the stage and kissed
his hand. He was shocked and confused! He queried the
fan for his action and he replied that he came all the
way to meet Superstar during the function but he was not
able to do so due to the huge crowd. Since Superstar
touched and shaked your hand during the function and
therefore i touched and kissed your hand. I feel as if
i am kissing our superstar hand and it is enough for
me. V.N. Chidamabaram thrilled about this experience
and he proudly said during a magazine interview.
Fan can share your experience watching Payum Puli and
the number of days the movie completed at your place.
- TVE Rajesh