Puthiya Vaarpugal is a 1979 Tamil language movie directed by P. Bharathiraja. K. Bhagyaraj and Rati Agnihotri played the lead roles in this film along with Goundamani and G.Srinivasan. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
The film marked the debut of Bhagyaraj as a lead actor. The film was remade in Telugu as Kotha Jeevithalu. The movie was shot in picturesque locations in the Theni area of Tamil Nadu.
Shanmugakani (K. Bhagyaraj) arrives in the village of Thaayamangalam as the new school teacher and soon falls in love with a local damsel Jothi (Rati Agnihotri). The village head called as “Periyavar” (played by G.Srinivasan) is a lecherous and sinister man who has a lustful eye on Jothi. Amavasai(Goundamani) is Periyavar’s stooge who also has a long-standing desire to marry Jothi. Periyavar frames Shanmugakani for the rape and murder of a woman social activist and gets him evicted from the village and gets Jothi married by deceit to Amavasai. He asks Amavasai and Jothi to stay with him in order to satiate his lust with Jothi. What happens afterwards forms the rest of the story.
Directed by P. Bharathiraja
Produced by P. Bharathiraja
Written by K. Bhagyaraj
Screenplay by P. Bharathiraja
Story by R. Selvaraj
Starring K. Bhagyaraj, Rati Agnihotri, Goundamani
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. S. Nivas
Edited by R. Bhaskaran
Production Manoj Creations
Distributed by Manoj Creations
Release dates 14 April 1979
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