Nattamai

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Nattamai
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Directed by K. S. Ravikumar
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by K. S. Ravikumar
Erode Soundar
Starring Sarath Kumar
Meena
Kushboo
Goudamani
Senthil
Sanghavi
Music by Sirpy
Cinematography Ashok Rajan
Editing by K. Thanikachalam
Studio Super Good Films
Distributed by Super Good Films
Release dates 2 November 1994
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office INR11 crore

Nattamai (English: Village Chief) is a 1994 Tamil film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. It starred Sarath Kumar, Meena and Kushboo in the lead roles. The film became a blockbuster among 1994 Deepavali releases and completed a 175-day run at the box office.[1] It is considered to be one of the most popular Tamil films of the 1990s and in general. The tagline Nattamai, theerpa maathi sollu became popular after release.[2] It became a trendsetter for many big budget films in later years. The Goundamani-Senthil comic duo was one of the most popular aspects about the film.

Sarath Kumar earned both the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil for his performance in the film. The film was later remade in Bollywood as Bulandi starring Anil Kapoor, in Tollywood as Pedarayudu starring Mohan Babu, in Kannada as Simhadriya Simha with Super Star Dr.Vishnu Vardhan.

Cast[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In his early days as an actor, R. Sarathkumar was considered to be close to AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa.[3] However, Sarath's proximity to Jayalalithaa landed him in deep trouble when the film 'Nattamai', which was still running in Tamil Nadu theatres, was aired by Jayalalithaa's television channel JJ TV, using a U-matic tape, which Sarathkumar gave her for personal viewing at her residence. What the understanding between Jayalalithaa and Sarathkumar was we will never know. However, this caused a furore in the film industry as the producer R. B. Choudary threatened action against Sarathkumar for misusing a tape given to him for personal viewing. An embarrassed Sarathkumar explained that he was taken by surprise and that he never expected Jayalalithaa to give it to the channel for telecast. He sought an explanation from both Jayalalitha and JJ TV, but without success. The ruling party reacted predictably, using every forum to attack Sarathkumar.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

Soundtrack is composed by Sirpy and lyrics written by Vairamuthu.

  • Naattamai Paadham Patta - Malaysia vasudevan, Jensy
  • Kotapaakum Kozhundhu Vettalaiyum - Mano, S.Janaki
  • Meenaponnu - Mano, Sujatha
  • Naan Uravukaaran - Mohd. Aslam

Remakes[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Director
1995 Peddarayudu Telugu Mohan Babu Ravi Raja Pinisetty
2000 Bulandi Hindi Anil Kapoor, Rekha, Raveena Tandon T. Rama Rao
2002 Simhadriya Simha Kannada Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Meena, Bhanu Priya S. Narayan

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