Pattanathil Bhootham (Eng: Genie in the City) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language comic fantasy film, directed by M. V. Raman, edited by him and R. Bhaskaran and shot in Eastmancolor. The plot is an adaptation of the 1964 film The Brass Bottle with a romantic comedy twist, written by Javar 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, realise 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?
Directed by M. V. Raman
Produced by T. Govindarajan
Written by Javar Seetharaman
Starring Jaishankar, K. R. Vijaya, Vijaya Lalitha, Nagesh, V. K. Ramasamy, Javar Seetharaman
Music by R. Govardhanam
Cinematography Ravikant Nagaich
Production Sharada Productions
Distributed by Venus Pictures
Release date 14 April 1967
Running time 2 hr 46 min