Pathinaaru (Tamil: பதினாறு; English: Sixteen) is a 2011 Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Sabapathy Dekshinamurthy, who earlier directed films like V.I.P (1997), Punnagai Poove (2003) and A Aa E Ee (2009). It stars Shiva and Madhu Shalini in lead along with musician Darbuka Siva and television artist Abhishek in pivotal roles.
The film's background score and soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. After being launched in October 2008 under the title 16, the film was shot for over one year, getting finished in early 2010 only.
One year after its completion, Kalaipuli S. Thanu bought the distribution rights and released the film on 28 January 2011 under his V. Creations banner. However, this movie was unsuccessful at the Box-Office. Despite that the movie did not fare well at the box office, it was remade as Jolly Boy in Kannada language.
Shiva (Shiva) and Indhu (Madhu Shalini) are college students and they both fall in love with each other. However, Indhu’s parents Gopalakrishnan (Abhishek) and Amritha oppose their love as they don’t trust love and try to convince Indhu for which she does not agree. One day, Indhu’s mother gives a book titled “Pathinaru” and asks Shiva and Indhu to read so that they might change their opinions about love.
Now the story moves back to a village in 1980s which describes a teenage love between Gopi (Kishore) and Ilavarasi (Vinitha). Gopi is from a poor family while Ilavarasi is from an affluent family in the same village. When her parents find out about their love, they try all means to separate them. Finally Gopi and Ilavarasi decide to run away from the village but they are caught by their parents.
Ilavarasi goes to the extent of abandoning her family and wealth for the sake of Gopi. She asks Gopi in front of villagers to buy her a saree with his income, so that she can wear that and leave the village as she does not want any of her ancestral wealth and she waits for Gopi’s arrival. Gopi goes to a nearby town to earn some money so that he can buy her a saree but he meets with an accident and goes unconscious. Gopi is saved by a lorry driver and is admitted in a hospital where he is unconscious. Gopi recovers after a few months and returns to the village to meet Ilavarasi, but is shocked to know that her wedding is on the same day with someone. Gopi is shocked and leaves the village with sorrows.
The book ends there and Indhu’s mother reveals that Gopi is none other than Indhu’s father Gopalakrishnan. She also convinces Indhu that Gopi transformed into Gopalakrishnan which made him successful in life rather than keep worrying about his failed love. Now Indhu doubts the credibility of love and decides to accept her parents’ words.
But Shiva tries to find the whereabouts of Ilavarasi and leaves to the village. After meeting many people, Shiva finds the place where Ilavarasi is currently and goes to meet her. He also takes Indhu’s father Gopalakrishnan with him. Gopalakrishnan is shocked to see Ilavarasi (Kasthuri) who now runs an orphanage in the memory of Gopi. Gopalakrishnan gets to know that Ilavarasi did not agree for wedding and she came away from her family and till the time she lives with memory of Gopi. Gopalakrishnan feels guilty but understands the power of true love and decides to get Shiva and Indhu married.