Nyaya Tharasu
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Directed byK. Rajeshwar
Screenplay byM. Karunanidhi
Story byM. T. Vasudevan Nair
Produced byM. Veda
CinematographyG. P. Krishna
Edited byP. Venkateswara Rao
Music byShankar–Ganesh
Menaka Pictures
Distributed byArulnidhi Creations
Release date
  • 11 August 1989 (1989-08-11)
Running time
150 min

Nyaya Tharasu (transl. Scales of Justice)[1] is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by K. Rajeshwar, making his directorial debut, starring Nizhalgal Ravi and Radha. The film, produced by M. Veda had musical score by Shankar–Ganesh and was released in 1989. The film was a remake of Malayalam film Panchagni.[2] It revolves around a woman who puts her commitment to social activism above everything else, including her own love for an adoring man.


The movie revolves around the incidents in a two-week period, when Bharathi (Radha), a Naxal activist is out in parole. She is serving life sentence in the central jail, Kannore after being charged for the murder of Paramanandham (Vijayan), a landlord, who she had seen kill a young tribal woman after she was raped and impregnated by him.

Bharathi's mother, a past freedom fighter who is on her deathbed, is relieved to see her, and is under the impression that she is free now. Her younger sister Savithri, her husband Vijayasarathi and her nephew are happy to have her back home. But her younger brother, Bose (Charle), an unemployed guy, addicted to drugs is angered by her mere presence, blaming her for his inability to secure a good job. Bharathi's older brother who is home from Delhi to perform the death rites of her mother refuses to even talk to her, and leaves after a big brouhaha, leaving his nephew to do the rites. Most of her acquaintances are intimidated by her, except her old classmate Amutha (Kutty Padmini). Amudha had married her college sweetheart, Nagappan (Livingston) and lives close to Bharathi's home.

Thazhamuthu (Nizhalgal Ravi), a Nyaya Tharasu journalist, tries to get an interview with Bharathi, she declines initially and is annoyed by his persistence.

As the days pass, Bharathi feels unwanted, and ends up having no place to live. Savithri suspects an affair between her husband and Bharathi, making it hard for Bharathi to stay with them. Amutha's husband had changed a lot in years, had degraded into a womanizer, and Bharathi can't stay with them either. Ultimately Bharathi, asks Thazhamuthu for help and ends up staying at his place.

With time, Bharathi and Thazhamuthu get closer, and a lovely relationship blossoms between the two. As Bharathi is nearing the completion of her parole, Thazhamuthu, with great difficulty, succeeds in getting the government remission order in time, so that Bharathi no longer has to go back to jail. By this time Savithri and Bose reconcile with Bharathi, and are overjoyed to hear about her release. Bharathi rushes to Amutha's place to share the good news, but there she is shocked to see Amutha, being gang-raped by her husband Nagappan and friends. True to her righteous self, Bharathi ends up shooting Nagappan with his hunting rifle and ultimately surrenders herself at the police station.



The film marked the directorial debut of K. Rajeshwar, who earlier scripted for films like Panneer Pushpangal (1981), Kadalora Kavithaigal (1986) and Solla Thudikuthu Manasu (1988). The film was a remake of the Malayalam film Panchagni and had a screenplay written by M. Karunanidhi.[3] A. L. Alagappan co-produced the film.[4]


Nyaya Tharasu
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Shankar–Ganesh. All lyrics were penned by Vairamuthu.[5]

No. Song Singer Lyrics Length
1 "Thodu Vaanam Romba" P. Susheela 05:06
2 "Vennila Ennodu Vantha" Mano 05:21
3 "Vaanam Arugil Oru" K. J. Yesudas 03:55
4 "Kalyana Penn Pola" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra 05:52
5 "Yaarukku Arudhaal Yaaro" K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela 04:58


Nyaya Tharasu won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Third Best Film.[6]


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  4. ^ "திரைப்படத் தயாரிப்பாளர் ஏ.எல்.அழகப்பன் கருணாநிதி முன்னிலையில் திமுகவில் இணைந்தார்". 26 December 2015.
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  6. ^ "State film awards". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 21 November 1990. p. 5.