|Directed by||Suresh Krissna|
|Produced by||V. Rajammal
|Written by||Suresh Krissna
|Cinematography||P. S. Prakash|
|Editing by||Ganesh Kumar|
|Distributed by||Sathya Movies|
|Release dates||15 January 1995|
|Running time||145 minutes|
|Box office||330 million (US$5.0 million)|
Baasha is a 1995 Indian Tamil action drama film starring Rajinikanth, Nagma and Raghuvaran. The film was directed by Suresh Krissna, and features music by Deva. The film completed 368-day run at the box office. The film's soundtrack was critically acclaimed. The film is a revised adaptation of Amitabh Bachchan starrer Hum and it took inspiration from Mammootty starrer Samrajyam. The film borrows background score used by Brad Fiedel in the Terminator series.
Originally, producer Prasad Rao had bought the remake and dubbing rights with Amitabh Bachchan, but the project never took off. Now the film is being dubbed in Hindi in addition to being digitally mastered. Music director Deva, who composed for the original score has recorded for the Hindi version. The Hindi version's audio launch will happen in early May while Rao plans on releasing the newly dubbed version by May end.
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 (Rajnikanth) 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 Manikkam's fiancée (Nagma).
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 dad 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 for killing his family for money. 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. The story ends with Antony trying to shoot Manikkam but instead being shot dead by Shiva.
- 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 Police officer
- Dhamu as Dhamu
- Narasing Yadhav as Anthony's Henchman
- Sethu Vinayagam as College Chairman
|1.||"Thanga Magan"||K. J. Yesudas & K. S. Chithra||5:12|
|2.||"Naan Autokaaran"||S. P. Balasubramanyam & Chorus||5:37|
|3.||"Style Style"||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|
Digital conversion and 2013 re-release
The film is to be re-released in Hindi with color 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 2013 all over the world and it is expected that the film will be re-released in Tamil and Telugu also with the digitally converted version.
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.
- "Brand New Superstar!". Retrieved 2011-04-15.
- "Rajinikanth Awards". Archived from the original on 9 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
- Rajnikanth's Baasha to be re-released. The Times of India. (15 April 2011). Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- Suresh Krissna, Malathi Rangarajan (2012). My Days with Baasha. p. 198.
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