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"Karuthamma" redirects here. For the TV series, see Karuthamma (TV series).
Directed by Bharathiraja
Produced by Bharathiraja
Written by Bharathiraja
Story by M. Rathnakumar
Starring Raja
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography B. Kannan
Edited by K. Pazhani Vel
Vetrivel Art Creations
Distributed by Vetrivel Art Creations
Release dates
November 3, 1994
Running time
153 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Karuthamma (1994) is a Tamil feature film directed by Bharathiraja. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by A. R. Rahman. The film met with critical acclaim upon release and received accolades.


The film looks at female infanticide and the hatred that surrounds the birth of a female child. A father blames his miseries on the birth of his daughters. Set in a rural village. Karuthamma was released to critical acclaim.



The film's title was named after Bharathiraja's mother.[1] The film's story was based on a real-life incident in a village and the script was written by Bharathiraja's assistant M. Rathnakumar.[2] Periyar Dasan who worked as professor in Pachaiyappa's college made his acting debut with this film.[3] Rajashree and Maheswari, who is the cousin of actress Sridevi made their acting debuts in this film.[4][5]


The film has won the following awards since its release:

1994 National Film Awards (India)

1994 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards


Album karuthamma cover.jpg
Film score by A. R. Rahman
Released 1994
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Soundtrack
Label Pyramid
Aditya Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Pudhiya Mannargal

The soundtrack of the film features score and 7 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu.

The soundtrack proved popular upon release. A. R. Rahman demonstrated his skills in composing for smaller budget films, reflecting themes of rural life, equally effectively. The songs gained A.R. Rahman notice for composing native folk, and ballads, such as both versions of the song "Porale Ponnuthayi", as well as dance-inspired compositions like "Thenmerku Paruva Kattu" featured. The song "Porale Ponnuthayi" went on to prove one of the career best's for Swarnalatha fetching her the most deserving National Film Awards for her soulful singing. The music was released to high acclaim. The music of "Porale Ponnu Thaye" was reused for "Gurus of Peace", for the album Vande Mataram.

Tamil tracklist
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru"   Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra 05:02
2. "Poraale Ponnuthayi (Sad)"   Swarnalatha 06:22
3. "Poraale Ponnuthayi"   Unni Menon, Sujatha 05:42
4. "Pacha Kili Paadum"   Shahul Hameed, Minmini 04:41
5. "Kaadu Potta Kaadu"   Bharathiraja, Malaysia Vasudevan 05:33
6. "Araro Ariraro I"   T. K. Kala, Theni Kunjarama, Deepan Chakravarthy 01:47
7. "Yaar Petha Pillai"   Jayachandran 02:03
8. "Araro Ariraro I"   T. K. Kala, Theni Kunjarama, Deepan Chakravarthy 01:52

Telugu - Vanitha

The soundtrack was also released in Telugu in the dubbed version of the film Vanitha.

Telugu version
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Sirimalle Mogga Meeda"   Unnikrishnan, K. S. Chithra 05:02
2. "Poodota Poochindata"   Swarnalatha 06:22
3. "Poodota Poochindata"   Unni Menon, Sujatha 05:42
4. "Padaalenno Paade Voor"   Shahul Hameed, Sujatha 04:41
5. "Koodu Pette Bhoomi"   Mano, Rajgopal, T.K. Kala 05:33
6. "Jo Laali Jo Laali"   T. K. Kala, Sarala 01:47
7. "Ye Thalli Kannadani"   Jayachandran 02:03


Behindwoods wrote:"Taking in his hands the issue of female infanticide, Bharathiraja presented the poignant tale of a female child who was to be slain as soon as she was born. Besides, he did not fail to pose a question in the end of the movie, serving his part in making the viewer socially conscious".[6]


In Kadhal Sadugudu (2003), Theni Kunjaramma tries to kill a female child with milk, Super Subbu (Vivek) who witnesses this says that he has been seeing this from the days of "Karuthamma".[7] One of the songs "Thenmerku Paruvakaatru" inspired a 2010 film of same name.[8] Scenes from the film has been parodied in Thamizh Padam (2010), in the film female infanticide has been replaced with male infanticide. Periyardasan reprises his role from the original film.


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