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Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 November 1991 (India)
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An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Mani Ratnam (screenplay), Mani Ratnam (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rajinikanth ... Surya
Mammootty ... Devaraj
Shobana ... Subbulaxmi
Arvind Swamy ... Arjun
Srividya ... Kalyani, Surya's mom
Bhanupriya ... Padma
Amrish Puri ... Kalivardhan
Jai Sankar Jai Sankar ... Arjun's Dad
Geetha ... Devaraj's Wife
Charlie ... (as Charle)
Charu Haasan ... Subbulaxmi's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manoj K. Jayan ... Manoharan
Nagesh
Sonu Walia ... Dancer (special appearance)
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Storyline

Surya (Rajnikanth) is an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the local Godfather (Mamooty). They rule the town and forms a parallel government. Things are well until new district collect(Aravind Swami), step -brother of Surya takes charge. Surya finds his mom (Sreevidya) and decides to surrender. Written by Edward <ed_stal@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

25 November 1991 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Commander See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Trivia

The movie is based on Mahabharata, with Rajinikanth representing Karnna, Mammootty playing Duryodhana and Arvind swamy playing Arjuna, all in contemporary world. The characters are brilliantly written to fit into modern day life, yet retaining the original traits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rakkama Kaiya Thattu
Written by: Vaali
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Swarnalatha
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Timeless Masterpiece from Mani!
10 March 2010 | by saivenkat02See all my reviews

For this movie, 10 out of 10 is probably too low. That's how good this movie is. Among Tamil cinema's timeless classics, it came in the late 80's and now its 2010 but still I watch it with the same enthusiasm and clap/whistle at some of the dialogues from this film. Maniratnam had a hard time directing Rajnikanth and Mammootty but if he can give a product like this through such hardships, I pray he goes through such hardships again (Sorry Mani Sir!). Ilayaraja is the life and soul of this film. Rajni's best ever performance along with Mammooty. There were the few Nayagan inspirations (Doing good for 4 people cannot be wrong, the inspector beating the hero and then the inspector getting killed by the same hero, etc). Who else can take the Karna-Duryodhana friendship from the Mahabharatha and weave such a magical story in accordance to today's times? Mani is magic!


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