The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja while the lyrics for the songs were written by Vairamuthu. Neither liked the film after viewing its rough cut because they felt it \"wasn't youthful\", but Bharathiraja insisted that Ilaiyaraaja compose the score. According to Ilaiyaraaja, when Bharathiraja saw the finished cut after composing was complete, he asked Ilaiyaraaja how he was able to deliver such wonderful music even for a film he did not like, and Ilaiyaraaja replied it was because he could not do injustice to his profession. Many of the songs were inspired by Indian folk music. The song \"Antha Nilava Thaan\" is set in the Carnatic raga Natabhairavi, and \"Poongatru Thirumbuma\" is set in Kharaharapriya. The tune of \"Antha Nilava Thaan\" was later used by Ilaiyaraaja in \"Mujhe Bahon Mein Bhar\" from the 1989 Hindi film Mahaadev.
In a comedy scene from Thalattu Ketkuthamma (1992), Koundamani sings \"Poongatru Thirumbuma\" to impress his wife (Vijay Chandrika), Prabhu completes the lyrics after Goundamani has forgetten the lyrics. In Aavarampoo (1992), Goundamani sings the song \"Hey Kuruvi\". In Rajakumaran (1994), Goundamani who plays a milk man tries to impress a girl whose face he has not seen by providing the milk. The song \"Poongatru\" with different lyrics is heard as background song for the scene. In Parambarai (1996), Kannayiram (Senthil) is seen singing the lyrics \"Medhdhai Vanginen\" from that song. In a scene from Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999), Kundalakesi (Goundamani) lifts a huge stone similar to Sivaji's technique from the film to impress his lover. Vivek did a spoof of \"Muthal Mariyathai\" in the film Parthiban Kanavu (2003). In Mozhi (2007), Ananthakrishnan (Brahmanandam) will be seen watching \"Poongatru\" in television before getting disturbed by a cockroach.
The dialogue \"Enaku oru unma therinjaaganum\" (I need to know the truth) spoken by A. K. Veerasamy became popular. An unrelated series of same name also directed by Bharathiraja was aired on Kalaignar TV. R. Selvaraj, writer of this film has directed a film called Neethana Andha Kuyil in 1986 which was inspired from the line from the song \"Poongatru\". Another song \"Rasave Unnai Nambi\" has inspired a Ramarajan starrer of same name. In Singam (2010), Pandu, Who came as a farmer intimated the dialogue,which gains a lot of interest towards the movie 1e1e36bf2d