Pattanathil Bhootham (English: Genie in the city) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language fantasy film, directed by M. V. Raman, edited by M. V. Raman and R. Bhaskaran and shot in Eastman Color. The plot is a straightforward adaptation of 1964 film The Brass Bottle with a romantic comedy twist, written by 'Javart' Seetharaman. The film stars Jaishankar, K. R. Vijaya and Nagesh in the lead roles while Seetharaman himself played the genie.
Thangavel (V. K. Ramasamy) runs a successful business enterprise with his partner Sabapathy (V.S. Raghavan). He has a large urn which he considers bad luck. To get rid of it he donates it as a prize for a competition at his daughter Latha's (K.R. Vijaya) college.
Bhaskar (Jaishankar) lives with his best friend Seenu (Nagesh). He is in love with Latha and they go to the same college. At the competition, Bhaskar wins the urn and back home while cleaning the urn, Seenu and Bhaskar unwittingly release a Genie imprisoned in the vase for three thousand years.
The name of the genie is Jee-Boom-Baa (The Tamil version of Abracadabra) (Javar Sitaraman), who vows to help the two guys who set it free. It offers them money, cars, mansions to live and takes care of every need of them. Bhaskar who is in love with Latha, seeks the magic powers of Jee-Boom-Ba to impress Latha's dad but things don't go quite as planned.
Sabapathy and his son (K. Balaji) who are running a smuggling racket, realize that something is amiss with Bhaskar's sudden ascent. The enemies of Bhaskar seize this opportunity to abduct Latha and a series of dramatic incidents ensues. Will Jee-Boom-Baa come back to help the friends?Jaishankar as Bhaskar
K. R. Vijaya as Latha
Nagesh as Seenu
R. S. Manohar
V. K. Ramasamy as Thangavel
V. S. Raghavan as Sabapathy
Javar Seetharaman as Jee Boom Baa
The soundtrack album was composed by R. Govardhanam. The lyrics were penned by Kannadasan. Kannadasan, who wanted to join the Indian National Congress was waiting for the acceptance from then Congress President K. Kamaraj, which made him to write the lines "Andha Sivagami Maganidam..." indirectly referring K.Kamaraj (whose mother was Sivagami).
All lyrics written by Kannadasan.
Film critic and historian Randor Guy wrote that the film will be "remembered for the interesting onscreen narration, good performances by Jaishankar and Nagesh, Vijaya in a swimsuit, and popular songs".
The film is to be remade by Thenappan, who also produced Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya, the remake of another classic Indru Poi Naalai Vaa. This remake will again be helmed by director K. S. Manikandan. Powerstar Srinivasan is to play the genie.