Mappillai (2011 film)

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This article is about the 2011 film. For the 1989 film, see Mappillai (1989 film).
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Directed by Suraj
Produced by Nemichand Jhabak
Hitesh Jhabak
Starring Dhanush
Hansika Motwani
Manisha Koirala
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography S. R. Sathish Kumar
Edited by Kishore Te.
Distributed by Sun Pictures
Release dates
  • 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08)
Language Tamil

Mappillai (English: Son-in-law) is a 2011 Tamil action masala film directed by Suraj, starring Dhanush as the son-in-law and Manisha Koirala as the mother-in-law with Hansika Motwani, in her Tamil debut, playing her daughter.[1] The film is a remake of the 1989 film of the same name, which incidentally starred Dhanush's father-in-law, Rajinikanth, in the lead role which itself was a remake of Chiranjeevi starrer Telugu film Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu. Distributed by Sun Pictures, it was released on 8 April 2011. The film received mixed reviews and took a good opening at the box office.[2] [3]


Saravanan is a do-gooder, who is soft-spoken and admired by one and all. He comes across Gayathri (Hansika Motwani), daughter of arrogant business woman Rajeshwari and falls for her.

Coming to know of their affair, Rajeshwari decides to get them both married. The reason is- she is keen on getting a son-in-law, who will always do what she wants and be under her control.

But she is in for a shock when she comes to know that Saravanan has a past. He is a ruffian and is feared by one and all. Now she plans to halt all plans, while Saravanan takes up the challenge and ensures that he end up marrying his lady love.

It’s now a cat and mouse game between Saravanan and Rajeshwari. Then there is one Child Chinna (Vivek), with his own set of friends (including ‘Cell’ Murugan), who is desperately behind Gayathri and tries to win over her love.



Rohit Ramachandran of gave it 3/5 stating that the film was Good entertaining with mixed comedy and action."[4][5] gave 2.75 out of 5 giving the verdict "this Mappillai entertains in parts" and stating "Mapillai suffers from weak characterization but still how manages to keep entertain."[6] Rediff gave 2.5 out of 5 describing it a "gOOD copy of the original", further adding that it was "just spice, humour, and plenty of silliness thrown in for good entertainment",[7] while Sify stated that "it was a Romcom remake BUT Still requires some moments".[8] Times of India gave 3 out of 5 and stated that "If you are among those for whom 'Mappillai' holds a lot of nostalgia, give the latest version a miss."[9]

Box office[edit]

The film was said to have taken a good opening at the box office. At the Mayajaal multiplex on the ECR, the film had 33 shows per day and had collected a net of Rs 15.35 lakhs, in its opening weekend.[10] Its three week collection in Chennai was Rs. 4.12 Crore with 56% occupancy at 90 theatres.[11]


Soundtrack album to Mapillai by Mani Sharma
Released 11 March 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer Mani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Theen Maar

The soundtrack is scored by Mani Sharma. Audio was launched on 11 March 2011 at Kamarajar Arangam with Jayam Ravi and Bharath participating as guests, telecasted on Sun TV on 27 March 2011.[12] The audio was marketed by Sony Music.[13]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aaru Padai"   Viveka Vijay Yesudas & Mukesh 04:56
2. "Love Love (not featured in the film)"   Snehan Rahul Nambiar & Rita 04:41
3. "Onnu Rendu"   Pa. Vijay Mukesh & Saindhavi 04:23
4. "Ready Readya"   Snehan Ranjith & Saindhavi 04:31
5. "Ennoda Raasi*"   Gangai Amaran Ranjith 04:26
6. "Ready Readya (Remix)"   Snehan Ranjith 03:45
7. "Mappillai Theme"     Instrumental 02:06
Total length:


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  2. ^ top ten april,, retrieved 16 September 2011 
  3. ^ top ten april,, retrieved 16 September 2011 
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  6. ^ "MAPPILLAI MOVIE REVIEW". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mappillai is a bad copy of the original". 8 April 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  8. ^ 'Mappillai' a sloppy remake,, 10 April 2011, retrieved 16 September 2011 
  9. ^ N Venkateswaran, TNN, 16 Apr 2011, 01.11PM IST (2011-04-16). "Mappillai movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Mappillai takes a super opening". 13 April 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mappillai - - Tamil Top Ten Movies - Mappillai Ko Vaanam". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  12. ^ "audio launch telecasting". 23 March 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Dhanush's Mappillai audio launched". 13 March 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 

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