|Directed by||Suresh Krissna|
|Produced by||V. Rajammal
|Written by||Suresh Krissna
|Cinematography||P. S. Prakash|
|Edited by||Ganesh Kumar|
|Distributed by||Sathya Movies|
|Release dates||15 January 1995|
|Running time||145 minutes|
|Box office||25 crore (US$4.1 million)|
Rajinikanth won Filmfans Association Award and Cinema Express Award for the Best Actor for his performance in the film. This film was later remade in Kannada as Kotigobba starring Vishnuvardhan and Priyanka Upendra in the lead.
Manikkam (Rajinikanth) is a humble auto driver who helps the needy. He also keeps away from unnecessary fights and quarrels. His ambition is to bring up his brother and sisters with flying colours. His brother Shiva (Shashikumar) gets through the police training and waits for posting.
Manikkam meets Priya (Nagma), a rich girl who travels frequently in his auto. She develops a respect and feelings for him due to his nobility.
Shiva attends his interview and he is asked to bring his brother to office by a senior official when he hears the name Manikkam and Shiva's birthplace is Bombay. Hesitating at first, Manikkam goes to commissioner's office. Manikkam's sister who had passed with more marks requests a medical seat to a medical college proprietor. The proprietor demands that she sleep with him and stay in his guest house. Hearing about this Manikkam meets the guy. He surprises his sister when he makes the proprietor bow to him and readily to give seat without any condition. He also surprises his brother when he attacks the area Don who teased his sister. The men attacked by Manikkam are critical in the hospital. Shiva inquires Manikkam about his past life in Bombay. The film then goes into a flashback about Manikkam's life at Bombay.
The flashback shows that Manikkam was actually once a Don named Manik Baashha in Bombay. He had a great friend Anwar Baasha (Charan Raj). They were great friends despite being from different religions. Once Anwar questions the activities of the Mafia Don Antony (Raghuvaran). Events lead to Antony's men killing Anwar on the main road. Manikkam is saved due to the pleas of his father (Vijayakumar), who works as the personal assistant of Antony.
Manikkam vows to avenge his dear friend's death. He does so by murdering all those responsible before even his friend is laid to rest. The people of Mumbai also come to his support and claim they have not seen any murder occur to the police.
Manikkam soon becomes Manik Baashha, the Don – a "Robin Hood" kind of a Don. He is greatly revered by the people. But situations lead him to direct confrontation with Mark Antony.
Antony convinces an assistant of Baashha to murder him on his birthday. But Baashha cleverly recognises the plot and his foes end up shooting a wax model of him. The assistant is evicted and he later appears in the movie as the father of Priya.
Meanwhile, Antony goes desperate in his attempts to quell the Baashha challenge. The only option left with him is to kill Baashha's father. His loyalty notwithstanding, Antony proceeds with that. Baashha on the other hand aids the police in the arrest of Antony. He also promises his father before his death to forgo all illicit activities and return to Chennai to lead a peaceful life. He makes the media and the police believe that he has died in an accident.
Meanwhile Priya proposes to Manikkam. Her father arranges for a marriage with one of his men against Priya's wishes. She begs for Manikkam to save her life else she will kill herself. On the day of marriage Manikkam deeply thinks and finally decides to save Priya. He reaches the marriage hall and shows his hand to Priya. Priya is surprised when her dad did not show sign of opposing and is not aware of the fact that her father is familiar to Manikkam as Baashha. Priya's dad lets them go. An underling informs Mark Anthony that Manikkam is alive. Antony escapes from Bombay jail and kills Kesavan, avenging his family's death. He kidnaps Manikkam's family before Manikkam comes to their rescue. In the struggle Manikkam loses one of his friends. Manikkam rescues his family from Antony and chases him. Just as he was about to kill Antony he was stopped by a senior police official. Antony then tries to shoot Manikkam, but is instead shot dead by Shiva. Then Manikkam marries Priya.
- Rajinikanth as Manikkam / Manick Baashha
- Nagma as Priya
- Raghuvaran as Mark Anthony
- Janagaraj as Gurumurthy
- Devan as Kesavan
- Anandaraj as Indiran
- Shashikumar as Shiva
- Vijayakumar as Rangasamy
- Sathyapriya as Vijayalakshmi
- Yuvarani as Geetha
- Charan Raj as Anwar
- Shenbaga as Kavitha
- Kitty as DIG Dinakar
- Dhamu as Dhamu
- Narsing Yadav as Anthony's Henchman
- Sethu Vinayagam as College Chairman
The film's soundtrack was composed by Deva, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. The song "Style Style Thaan" starts with the James Bond Theme; in its music video Rajinikanth enters holding a gun, a clear reference to the gun barrel sequence from the James Bond films. The soundtrack was a large success, and all the numbers were chartbusters. A special function was held at Hotel Chola Sheraton to celebrate it. Rajinikanth was presented a platinum disc on the occasion.
|1.||"Thanga Magan"||K. J. Yesudas & K. S. Chithra||5:12|
|2.||"Naan Autokaaran"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||5:37|
|3.||"Style Style Thaan"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & K. S. Chithra||5:27|
|4.||"Azhagu Azhagu"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & K. S. Chithra||5:12|
|5.||"Ra..Ra..Ramaiya"||S. P. Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha & Chorus||6:33|
|6.||"Baatcha Paaru"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||1:18|
|7.||"Namma Thozhan"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||1:55|
Hindi version with lyrics by Indeewar & Gopal Ram. The Hindi version was repackaged by Prasad Rao as Baashha. Originally dubbed in Hindi as Manik Baasha in 1995.
All lyrics written by Gopal Ram unless noted., all music composed by Deva.
|1.||"Auto Wala"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||5:22|
|2.||"Chahra Hai Tera Sundar" (Indeevar)||Kumar Sanu & Poornima||5:39|
|3.||"Super Style" (Indeevar)||Kumar Sanu & Poornima||5:07|
|4.||"Ek Hi Chand Hain" (Indeevar)||Udit Narayan & Chorus||6:33|
|5.||"Chahre Pe Dhup" (Indeevar)||K. J. Yesudas & Poornima||4:44|
|6.||"Baashha Dekh"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||1:00|
|7.||"Baashha Dekh (Sad)"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||1:07|
All lyrics written by Vennelakanti.
|1.||"Ek Hi Chand Hai"||S. P. Balasubramanyam, Sindhu & Rajagopal||1:41|
|2.||"Kalala Maharaju"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & K. S. Chithra||5:14|
|3.||"Nee Nadakala Style Adire"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & K. S. Chithra||5:11|
|4.||"Nenu Autovanni"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||5:43|
|5.||"Ra Raa Ra Ramaiah"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||4:50|
|6.||"Style Styluraa"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & K. S. Chithra||5:28|
|7.||"Baashha Choodu"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||1:18|
Baashha received generally positive reviews upon release. On 13 January 1995, a review from The Hindu said, "Rajini blossoms fully to portray two different characters, a former dada of Bombay and a docile peace-loving auto driver in Tamil Nadu, trying not to fall back on his old ways and finding it difficult to do so when force of circumstances pressure him" and that Suresh Krishna "has fashioned his screenplay to suit the image of Rajini and the taste of his fans and the songs and sequences are fashioned to boost the image of the hero". On 29 January 1995, Ananda Vikatan said, "The director has intelligently created scenes to present Rajinikanth with full honour... Superstar has taken the majestic form in the film through his acting and action sequences, and that makes the film a treat to watch...". Writing for Indolink.com, Balaji T. K. called it "A mass entertainer which will have Rajini's fans cheering lustily at his every move, as everything he does is tailored to receive an applause from his fans". On 23 January 1995, K. Vijiyan of The New Straits Times said "If you are not a Rajini fan, go without expecting too much and you may not be disappointed".
In December 2013, The Times of India ranked Baashha twelfth in its list of "Top 12 Rajinikanth movies", praising the "punch dialogues and the mannerisms of Rajini". In May 2007, K Balamurugan of Rediff ranked the film tenth in his list of "Rajni's Tamil Top 10" films. Daliya Ghose of Bollywood Mantra ranked the film eighth in her list of "Top 10 movies of Rajinikanth". Behindwoods said, "Baasha was more commercial, used the Superstar’s style and inimitable punch lines to deliver one cracker of a movie". International Business Times said in 2014, "Rajini did a commendable job in the film". Eros Now ranked the film at number four in its list "Top 5 Films of Rajinikanth".
Digital conversion and 2012 re-release
The film was re-released in Hindi with colour restoration, DI correction, revamped new intermediate negative, new graphics for the title cards, with digitised stereo sound and the 5.1 channel. The Hindi version music is done by Deva who composed the original music score. Producer Badrakali Vara Prasad Rao said that the Hindi version will be released by end of May 2012 all over the world.
After the release of Padayappa (1999), Rajinikanth and Suresh Krissna discussed the possibility of making a sequel to Baashha. Even later, they discussed the feasibility. They felt that Baashha was inimitable—not even a sequel could equal it. Rajinikanth does not believe that sequels work in Indian Cinema.
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