Puthiya Vaarpugal
Puthiya Vaarpugal.jpg
Directed byBharathiraja
Screenplay byK. Bhagyaraj
Story byR. Selvaraj
Produced byBharathiraja
StarringK. Bhagyaraj
Rati Agnihotri
CinematographyP. S. Nivas
Edited byR. Bhaskaran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Manoj Creations
Release date
14 April 1979

Puthiya Vaarpugal (transl. Newly Minted) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by Bharathiraja. The film stars K. Bhagyaraj and Rati Agnihotri (in her Tamil as well as film debut), with Goundamani and G. Srinivasan in supporting roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film also marked the debut of Bhagyaraj as a lead actor. The film was remade in Telugu as Kotha Jeevithalu.[1]


Shanmugamani(K. Bhagyaraj) arrives in the village of Thaayamangalam as the new school teacher and soon falls in love with a local damsel Jothi (Rati Agnihotri). The village head called as "Periyavar" (played by G. Srinivasan) is a lecherous and sinister man who has a lustful eye on Jothi. Amavasai (Goundamani) is Periyavar's stooge who also has a long-standing desire to marry Jothi. Periyavar frames Shanmugamani for the rape and murder of a woman social activist and gets him evicted from the village and gets Jothi married by deceit to Amavasai. He asks Amavasai and Jothi to stay with him in order to satiate his lust with Jothi. Jothi kills the village head before Amavasai and Shanmugamani can. Amavasai decides to hide it from the villagers. He feels guilty for cheating and marrying her, so he removes the mangalsutra he tied and asks her to live happily with Shanmugamani. The movie ends with Shanmugamani and Jyothi leaving the village.



Puthiya Vaarpugal was the debut film for Rati Agnihotri.[2]


Puthiya Vaarpugal
Film score by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Kannadasan, Gangai Amaran and Muthulingam.[3][4] The song "Thamthananam Thana" is set in Shanmukhapriya raga.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Idhayam Poguthe" Jency Muthulingam 4:24
2 "Thamthananam Thana" Jency, B. Vasantha Gangai Amaran 4:12
3 "Thiruvizha Koothu" Ilaiyaraaja, Gangai Amaran, Bharathiraja Gangai Amaran 5:37
4 "Vaan Megangale" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Kannadasan 4:34


Ananda Vikatan rated the film 59 out of 100.[6]


Bhagyaraj is the dialogue writer and hero of this movie. Bhagyaraj used this fact in his own Dhavani Kanavugal movie where he cast his mentor P Bharathiraja in a cameo role (movie director) as himself who decides to cast an extra(Bhagyaraj) as hero and dialogue writer of his movie after accidentally discovering his skills.[7][8]


  1. ^ Sri (12 June 2010). "K.Bhaagya Raj - Chitchat". Telugucinema.com. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Heroine files complaint against husband". The Times of India. 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 16 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ Ilaiyaraaja (1979). Puthiya Vaarppukal (liner notes) (in Tamil). Inreco.
  4. ^ "Puthiya Vaarpugal (1979)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ Mani, Charulatha (2 September 2011). "A Raga's Journey - Sacred Shanmukhapriya". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ "சினிமா விமர்சனம்: புதிய வார்ப்புகள்". Ananda Vikatan. 29 April 1979.
  7. ^ "நான் உங்கள் ரசிகன் - Kungumam Tamil Weekly Magazine". Archived from the original on 8 March 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  8. ^ "K. Bhagyaraj; the reigning king in the world of Madras film Hollywood". Archived from the original on 12 March 2015.