En Jeevan Paduthu (Eng: My soul is singing) is a 1988 Tamil-language Indian romance film directed by R. Sundarrajan, starring Karthik and Saranya in lead roles, supported by Sudha, Captain Raju and Kapil Dev.
Narmada (Saranya Ponvannan) joins a new college, as she feels so bored sitting alone in her house. Her father is a businessman. In college, she happens to see the paintings and books written by Surendran. She is very much fascinated by him, but unable to find him in college. She is shocked when she finds Surendran (Karthik) has already committed suicide. Narmada frequently visits his grave in the following days, and the ghost of Surendran appears, advising her to cease visiting his grave.
Those around Narmada suspect that she is mentally ill, as nobody else can see Surendran. Surendran tells Narmada he was duped into love by his colleague Philomina (Sudha). He genuinely loved her, even converting to Christianity; Surendran’s father dies, shocked at the conversion. Philomina proves unfaithful, and marries Dr. Vijay (Pratap K. Pothen), which results in Surendran committing suicide. Later it is revealed that Philomina dies during delivery.
Anand (Kapil Dev), a rich businessman, becomes attracted to Narmada and asks for her hand in marriage. Narmada’s father approves of this marriage proposal, but Narmada is against this alliance as she is in love with Surendran. Narmada’s father forcefully announces the marriage, but she escapes from marriage hall and commits suicide to join with Surendran in the afterlife.
Directed by R. Sundarrajan
Produced by Panchu Arunachalam
Screenplay by R. Sundarrajan
Story by Panchu Arunachalam
Starring Karthik, Saranya, Sudha
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Edited by Krishna & Srinivas
Distributed by Panchu Associates
Release date 24 June 1988
Running time 132 mins