|Directed by||Suresh Krishna|
|Produced by||Pushpa Kandaswamy|
|Written by||Suresh Krishna
|Cinematography||P. S. Prakash|
|Editing by||Ganesh Kumar|
|Distributed by||Kavithalayaa Productions|
|Release dates||26 June 1992|
Annamalai is a 1992 Tamil film directed by Suresh Krishna, starring Rajinikanth, Kushboo and Sarath Babu in the lead roles. It is a remake of Krishnam Raju's movie Prana Snehitulu, which was a remake of Rakesh Roshan's Hindi movie Khudgarz, which was in turn based on Jeffrey Archer's novel Kane and Abel. It was again remade into Telugu in 1993 as Kondapalli Raja with Venkatesh, Suman and Nagma, and into Kannada in 2003 as Gokarna starring Upendra, Rakshita and Madhu Bangarappa.
Annamalai (Rajnikanth) and Ashok (Sarath Babu) have been best friends since childhood. Annamalai is a milkman while Ashok is the only son of a rich businessman (Radharavi). When Ashok falls in love with Geetha (Rekha), a poor girl, his father is naturally against the wedding. Annamalai holds the wedding and earns his ire. Meanwhile, Annamalai falls for Subu (Kushboo Sundar), whom he subsequently marries.
Ashok's father, plotting to drive a wedge between his son and Annamalai, hints that he would like to build a hotel on Annamalai's land. Annamalai gives the land to Ashok without even accepting money for it. When Ashok's father later talks about bringing down his house, he slaps Ashok's father in anger. Ashok orders Annamalai's house to be bulldozed which drives Annamalai to challenge that he would become a bigger and more successful hotelier than his friend. Annamalai, with his hard work and honesty, becomes the biggest businessman in the city.
Annamalai's daughter and Ashok's son study in the same college and they fall in love. Annamalai is against it because of the hatred that he has for Ashok. During an auction, Annamalai tricks Ashok to buy a plot for 12 crores which not worth more than 2. Ashok's house has to be sold for the debt of 12 crores and Annamalai buys it. With all goodness in heart and the old friendship in mind, Annamalai gives the house to Ashok. Annamalai's mother (Manorama) returns the house documents to Ashok and his father pleads for pardon. Meanwhile, Sargunam (Nizhalgal Ravi) plans to kill Ashok for money and hires an assassin (Tiger Prabhakar). Annamalai saves him and they become friends again. They plan to get their children married to each other, and "They live happily ever after."
- Rajni as Annamalai
- Sarath Babu as Ashok
- Kushboo Sundar as Subu
- Janagaraj as Panchacheram (Punch)
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Sarkunam
- Tiger Prabhakar
- Vinu Chakravarthy as S. Eakaamparam (MLA and minister)
- Manorama as Annamalai`s mother
- Rekha as Geetha
- V. Subramanian as The Minister
- Vishnukanth as Junior Ashok
Originally, Kavithalaya Productions had chosen director Vasanth as the director of Annamalai, but he opted out due to "personal reasons". Suresh Krissna was later finalized for the director's part, after veteran director K. Balachandar had requested him to do so.
|Soundtrack album by Deva|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||"Annamalai Annamalai"||S.P. Balasubramaniam, K.S. Chitra||03:54|
|2||"Kondayil Thaazham Poo"||S.P. Balasubramaniam, K.S. Chitra||04:46|
|3||"Oru Pen Pura"||K.J. Yesudas||04:50|
|4||"Rekkai Katti Parakudhu"||S.P. Balasubramaniam, K.S. Chitra||04:53|
|5||"Vanthenda Paalkaran"||SP. Balasubramaniam||04:23|
|6||"Vetri Nichayam"||SP. Balasubramaniam||01:44|
The film was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office. Annamalai introduced the trend of an opening theme song for Rajinikanth films thereafter. The film is rumored to have grossed about 20 crore and was the highest grossing film in Rajinikanth's career until 1995 when the record was broken by Baasha.
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