Naan Paadum Paadal (Eng: ‘The song I sing’) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language film directed by R. Sundarrajan and produced by C. S. Rajesh Khanna, A. Francis Xaviour and R. Palanisamy. The film stars Sivakumar, Mohan, Ambika and Pandiyan in lead roles. The film had musical score by Ilayaraja. The film was remade in Telugu as Mangalya Bandham (1985).
Gowri (Ambika) is a widowed school teacher who lives with her in-laws. Subramani (Sivakumar) moves into the same housing complex to stay with his nephew Selvam (Pandiyan) while he writes his newest novel. He writes under the name CRS and happens to be Gowri’s favorite author though she is unaware of his identity. Due to some general misunderstandings, she is initially suspicious of Subramani. On the other hand, he finds Gowri to be intriguing and learns about her past. She was a singer who had fell in love with a doctor, Anand (Mohan). With both families’ approval, they marry but Anand dies in an accident three days after the wedding. Heartbroken, she gives up singing and has found solace with Anand’s family, reading CRS’ novels and in teaching children. Gowri soon learns that Subramani is CRS and melts considerably towards him. She sees him as a friend and is often protective for her. Her family notice this change in behavior and begin to consider the possibility of her remarrying Subramani. He is also interested in marrying her but is unsure of her decision. Ultimately, Gowri must decide on which path to continue her life.
Directed by R. Sundarrajan
Produced by Rajesh Khanna, A. Francis Xaviour, R. Palaniswamy
Written by R. Sundarrajan
Starring Sivakumar, Mohan, Ambika, Pandiyan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Edited by R. Baskaran & B. Krishnakumar
Distributed by Motherland Pictures
Release date 13 April 1984