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The Chieftain's Son (1992)

Thevar Magan (original title)
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

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Cast

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Shaktivelu
Shivaji Ganesan ...
Peria-thevar
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Maya-thevar (as Nazar)
Revathy
Gautami ...
Shaktivelu's Girlfriend
Vadivelu ...
Esaki
Thalaivasal Vijay
Madan Bob
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kaka Radhakrishnan ...
Chinna-thevar
Renuka
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The London-educated Shakti (Kamal Haasan), son of an village chieftain Peria-thevar (Shivaji) returns home after a long stay abroad. Accompanying Shakti is his girlfriend (Gautami), with who he intends to settle in a city and start a business. However, his father hopes he will don the patriarchal mantle, a role Shakti finds alien and distasteful after several years abroad. Then, an accidental conflagration and its consequences turns a new set of responsibilities on Shakti... Good performance by Nasser as the evil cousin. The film was remade as Virasat in Hindi. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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The name of Kamal Haasan's character in the film is Sakthivelu, the same as his in Nayakan. Both these films were India's official entries to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film in 1987 and 1992 respectively. See more »

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Remade as Virasat (1997) See more »

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Sandhu Pottu
Written By "Valli"
Performed by Ilaiyaraja
Singed By S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Kamal Hassan
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The Mother of all caste-based movies

One of the most successful movies of Kamal Hassan's Rajkamal International production company. A cult classic that got both critical acclaim and huge box office collections. About a dozen movies were released along with it, on Diwali '94 but all these were reduced to box-office disasters(including the Rajinikant starrer 'Pandian'). Such was the impact of Thevar Magan. The thespian Sivaji Ganesan was aptly cast in the role of Kamal's father, the village chief. Nasser, Revathi and Gouthami reveled in their roles and Revathi won the National award for 'Best Supporting actress'.

But more than everything, this is the movie which spawned a deluge of flicks based on the caste-feuds happening in villages, none of which could match the original in terms of grandeur, story or performances. Thevar Magan, upon its release, was literally worshipped by the 'Thevars', a warring caste in Tamil Nadu's rural areas. Some political organizations still argue that the movie itself is the reason for the violence happening in these villages.

The telugu dubbed version 'Kshatriya Putrudu' was an equally big hit. Later the movie was remade in Hindi as 'Virasat', starring Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Amrish Puri and Pooja Batra. The Hindi version too was a success.


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