‘Aan Paavam’, directed by R. Pandiarajan and produced at a meager budget of Rs.16 lakhs, raked in more than a couple of crores in 1985. And most film-goers in their late thirties or early forties would agree that they still had fond memories of the film,
The film had the late veteran V.K. Ramaswamy and a host of newcomers who later went on to make their own names in the industry were Pandirajan, Sita, Pandian and Revathy. The village-based love story, made by Pandirarajan, was nurtured to a large extent by ‘Maestro’ Ilaiyaraaja’s music, who had brought out some unforgettable melodious numbers.
Even the background score of the many sequences of the film were quite famous those days among the film-lovers.
The 25th anniversary of the release of the film was recently observed at a grand function in Chennai, arranged obviously at the initiative of Pandiarajan.
Check out Aan Paavam 25 years celebration stills
Pandiarajan’s mentor K. Bhagyaraj, contemporary directors Samuthirakani, Sasimumar and Cheran took part in the function. Speaking on the occasion, Pandiarajan said he personally met and invited all those who starred the film and were part of it in some capacity or the other,“Unfortunately, some including Pandian, VKR and ‘Kollangudi’ Karupayee are no more with us. I met others in person and invited them.
Ilaiyaraaja is the soul of the film and when I placed the invitation card at his feet, I couldn’t control my emotions and broke down. Ilaiyaraaja Sir patted me on the back and appreciated me for achieving in Kollywood without any backup or support. Even Ilayraaja got nostalgic and recalled how his mother sold the old transistor in the house, gave him all the Rs.400 he got for it and sent him to Chennai.
Raja Sir said that the blessing of such selfless and pure souls like his mother was responsible for whatever we achieved later on…it was he who injected the soul into the film,” recalled Pandiarajan amid thunderous applause from the gathering.