Neengal Kettavai

ningal kettavai-ilayaraja


Neengal Kettavai (transl. What you asked for) is a 1984 Tamil-language film written and directed by Balu Mahendra.It stars ThiagarajanBhanu Chander, Archana and Silk Smitha in major roles, while Jaishankar had an extended cameo as the antagonist. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was commercially successful at the time of release.

Poornima Jayaram, a widow living in Ooty, leads a peaceful life with her two sons. Jaishankar, a tourist who visits the place gets tempted and rapes her. In the act, Poornima dies leaving her two sons who witness the murder. The eldest son (Bhanu Chander) is raised by his maternal uncle while the younger brother (Thiagarajan) joins a blind music teacher as he has great interest in music. Years later he becomes a great singer. Meanwhile, his brother is trained effectively by his uncle learning martial arts with the intention of avenging the death of his mother as he very well remembers the culprit’s face. With a turn of events leading to both sons joining together and take revenge for their mother’s death forms the rest of the story.


  • Thiagarajan as Arun
  • Bhanu Chander as Ramu
  • Archana as Radha
  • Jaishankar as Muthulingam
  • Silk Smitha as Arun’s Girl Friend
  • Poornima Jayaram as Ramu and Arun’s Mother
  • Y. G. Mahendran as James
  • J. V. Somayajulu as music teacher
  • Balan K. Nair
  • Senthamarai as Stunt Master
  • Vanitha Krishnachandran
  • Thengai Srinivasan as Director (Cameo)
  • Madhan Bob as Keyboardist (Adiye Manam Nilluna Song)
  • Master Sridahr also MGR Fight Master


No Title Lyrics Singers Composer Length
1 “Adiye Manam Nilluna” Gangai amaran  S. P. BalasubrahmanyamS. Janaki Ilayaraja 05:14
2 “Kanavu Kaanum” Vairamuthu K. J. Yesudas Ilayaraja 05:18
3 “Naane Raja” Na. Kamarasan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Ilayaraja 04:25
4 “Oh Vasantha Raaja” Pulamaipithan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Ilayaraja 04:23
5 “Pillai Nila” (Lady) Vairamuthu S. Janaki Ilayaraja 04:20
6 “Pillai Nila” (Men) Vairamuthu K. J. Yesudas Ilayaraja 04:51