Release date28 June 1984 SongsAdiye Manam Nilluna CastThiagarajan (Arun), Archana, Bhanu Chander, Silk Smitha, Poornima Jayaram
Neengal Kettavai (English: (lit.) Listener's choice) is a 1984 Tamil film written and directed by Balu Mahendra, starring Thiagarajan, Bhanu Chander, Archana and Silk Smitha in major roles. The film featured Jaishankar as the main antagonist in an extended cameo. Ilaiyaraaja's soundtrack and background score was highly acclaimed upon 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, Pornima 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
Y. Gee. Mahendra
J. V. Somayajulu as music teacher
Balan K. Nair
Archana made her Tamil cinema debut through the film. The film unlike Mahendra's previous ventures was an "outright commercial picture". Mahendra later claimed that he made the film to prove to critics that he could make commercial films. Despite being a box-office success, the film did not prompt Mahendra to make more films of the same genre. A few scenes were shot at the VGP golden beach.
The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The album comprised six songs and was highly successful.