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Payum Puli broke record at Chennai Alankar theater
(Saturday, 11th October 2008)

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 theaters :

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 the crowd. 

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


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12 Comment(s)Views: 5728

ratnam,india/chennai/adyar
Monday, 20th October 2008 at 18:57:11

dear rajinites,
i think i saw paayum puli 11 times all at alankar. infact, even the trailor i must have seen 5 times prior to release. it was a amazing movie and everything we wanted from rajin was there. especially the styles in fights were superb and songs. it was one of my favorites.
ratnam

Bobby Nayar,US/Atlanta
Thursday, 16th October 2008 at 09:28:45

I have been looking forever for "Paayum Puli" on DVD (or even VCD), but I have been unsuccessful. Any thoughts on where I can look further?
Rajan,
Wednesday, 15th October 2008 at 11:19:47

While studying 4th standard, i have seen PAYUM PULI in our touring talkies...after releasing of 6 yrs..i.e in 1989...but so much crowd..i couldnt get the ticket...then i get inside through my father's influence....watched laying on sand...pothukottu ottuthudi vanam....great memories 20 yrs before......
Sudharsan.N.S.,Madurai
Tuesday, 14th October 2008 at 11:24:31

Hai Rajesh,
I dont remember the No. of days ran in Madurai Chintamani Theatre. I was just 8 years old at that time. But My hope is that if it ran more than 100 days in Saraswathi, then more chance to had 100 days run in Chintamani too. Chinamani is in Heart of City, whereas Saraswathi little outer. Let me try to find out from possible source.

tveraajesh,India/Chennai
Monday, 13th October 2008 at 02:45:48

சுதர்சன் பாயும் புலி சிந்தாமனியில் ஒடிய நாட்கல் சொல்லமுடியுமா? நினைவு இருந்தர்ல்?
EE RAA,chennai
Monday, 13th October 2008 at 00:31:49

ராஜேஷ்

பின்னிட்டீங்க.... ஒரு நிமிஷம் 83க்கே போய்ட்டோம்...

அன்புடன்

ஈ ரா

Sekar,India
Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 22:28:12

Payum puli released after great success of Sakalakala Vallavan. Silk Smitha song "Netru Rathiri" song was famous. They also used Silk in Payum Puli for 2 songs. That time, i was not able to see the film in theater and saw it in video. All my family liked it very much.
PREMANAND RAMARAJU,USA
Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 11:44:50

In Yuddha Gaandam also thalaivar acted in a guest role. So three of our thalaivar movies were released on same day.
Sudharsan.N.S.,Madurai
Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 05:30:20

Hai Rajesh,

PAYUM PULI released in two theatres (Chintamani

Manikandan Bose,Chennai
Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 04:57:11

Thanks for the informations.. I started loving rajini only after seeing the movie Rajathi Raja, when i was in 3rd Standard..
I dont much about the early movie records and informations like given above from the comments..

Thanks one and all..

bernaard,chennai
Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 03:13:11

THE FILM CELEBRATED 100DAYS IN ALANKAR ALSO.IT WAS REDUCED TO NOON SHOW ON THE REALEASE OF OUR THALAIVARS HINDI FILM ANDHA KANOON
R.Gopi,UAE / Dubai
Sunday, 12th October 2008 at 00:35:11

I remember Paayum Puli scenes not only had impression of 36th Chamber of Shaolin, but the action sequence involve Rajni climbing the Mountain is a direct lift from a James Bond Movie (Roger Moore movie).

I watched Paayum Puli FDFS on Pongal Day at Tambaram Vidya.

 
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