Mouna Ragam Tamil Movie Songs composed by Ilaiyaraja
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by G. Venkateswaran
Written by Mani Ratnam
Starring: Mohan, Revathi, Karthik
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography: P. C. Sreeram
Edited by B. Lenin & V. T. Vijayan
Production Company: Sujatha Productions
Release Date: 15 August 1986
Mouna Ragam Story: Divya is a free-spirited college student from a conservative family whose father, Chandramouli, works for the government and is very strict about her conduct. Divya learns that her parents are eagerly awaiting a marriage proposal for her. Unwilling to get married, and hoping the groom’s family will reject her, she deliberately arrives home late only to find that the groom, Chandrakumar, and his family are patiently waiting for her. She talks arrogantly to Chandrakumar in an attempt to make him dislike her, but he is undeterred, says that he likes her, and agrees to the marriage. Divya refuses initially, but when her father suffers a heart attack, the family pleads with her to accept the proposal so as not to hinder his recovery. Succumbing to family pressure, Divya marries Chandrakumar.
After their marriage, Chandrakumar takes Divya to Delhi. She is unable to accept him as her husband and constantly snubs him. When Chandrakumar asks Divya what she wants as a wedding gift, she asks him for a divorce. Startled, Chandrakumar asks her the reason for wanting a divorce. In a flashback, Divya remembers when she was in love with a man named Manohar, whom she met during her college days. Manohar and his gang assault the son of an MP named Thamizhmani and steal his money. Divya reports Manohar to the police who arrest him. She later learns that Thamizhmani’s son had run over a poor girl with his car and Manohar had stolen the money to pay for the girl’s medical treatment. Divya feels guilty and bails him out of the police station.
Manohar falls in love with Divya and tries to win her love. Divya rejects him initially but eventually reciprocates his feelings. Manohar is a member of a revolutionary group planning to hold an illegal rally. Divya does not approve of his participation in such activities and asks him not to attend the rally. Manohar agrees to her request on the condition that she marry him. On their wedding day Manohar is falsely charged with participating in the rally and is arrested by police. He escapes and, pursued by police, runs to the marriage registrar’s office where Divya is waiting for him. A policeman shoots Manohar and he dies in front of Divya, leaving her distraught.
Chandrakumar is ready to overlook Divya’s past, but she is unable to accept another man in her life. Seeking a divorce, the pair approach a lawyer, who tells them that according to the Hindu Marriage Act, since they are newly married, they must wait for at least one year before they can file for divorce. The couple are forced to live with each other for a year.
Later, Chandrakumar is attacked by his company’s labourers because he had earlier suspended their union leader. Divya takes him to a nearby hospital, where he survives after getting proper treatment. After his discharge from the hospital, Divya takes care of him and realises that she has fallen in love with him. She tries to show it by wearing the anklets he gave her just after their marriage. Irritated by Divya’s immature acts, Chandrakumar asks her to return to her parent’s home and books tickets for her travel. At the railway station, Chandrakumar gives Divya the divorce papers that she had earlier requested as a wedding gift. Divya breaks down and admits to Chandrakumar that she loves him. Chandrakumar comes to terms with his repressed feelings and finally unites with Divya.