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Thalapathi (1991)

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.

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Mani Ratnam

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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charle
Geetha ... Devaraj's Wife
Charu Haasan Charu Haasan ... Subbulaxmi's Father
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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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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This is the only movie where Rajnikanth and Mani Ratnam worked together. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rakkama Kaiya Thattu
Written by: Vaali
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Balasubramaniam S.P. and Swarnalatha
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Cult Classic!
1 August 2018 | by saisandeep-70194See all my reviews

Back in the days when Maniratnam's direction and story telling was at his best,delivering back to back classics. Thalapathi was one among them.Star cast like Superstar Rajnikanth,Mammootty,Arvind Swamy makes this movie an unforgettable experience.What can a mere mortal like me describe the tunes of the god,the Isaignani and the maestro Illayraja but to melt in his music in a bliss.

I love those movies which puts me in a moral dilemma have answers that satisfies me like this movie does. Do you choose a friend who defies law and stand with people who are deprived or your family which is lawful and good?This movies asks and answers it with perfection.It has lot of scenes to talk and learn from for the generations to come.That famous temple scene gives me chills everytime I watch it. Take a bow Maniratnam,Ilayraja and Rajni sir


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