Pandiyan (film)

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Directed by SP. Muthuraman
Produced by SP. Muthuraman
Written by Panju Arunachalam
Starring Rajinikanth
Tiger Prabhakar
Charan Raj
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Karthik Raja
Cinematography T. S. Vinayagam
Edited by R. Vittal
Visaalam Productions
Distributed by Visaalam Productions
Release dates
25 October 1992
Country India
Language Tamil

Pandian is a 1992 action Tamil language movie directed by the Tamil director SP. Muthuraman. It stars Rajinikanth, Kushboo, Janagaraj and Jayasudha in the lead roles. It was released on October 25, 1992 as one among Deepavali release. Its music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was a remake of the Kannada film Bombay Dada starring Tiger Prabhakar, Vani Vishwanath, Vajramuni and Lakshmi. Prabhakar, the director and hero of the Kannada film, portrayed the negative role in the Tamil version. The film was dubbed in Hindi in 1998 as "Kanoon Ka Khiladi." The film received predominantly negative reviews and performed average at the box office. It got a huge competition from Kamalhaasan's "Devar Magan" and managed to run 100 days.


The film is about Pandian (Rajinikanth) who wants to avenge his sister's (Jaysudha) husband's ( Charan Raj) death. He joins the murderer's gang, and how he takes revenge forms the crux of "Pandian". Then the gang came to known as Pandiyan made undercover operation, Pandiyan was a police officer, then rest of the story deals with how pandiyan caught the culprit, with style approach of Pandiyan (Rajinikanth).



Rajinikanth decide to make a low-budget film with S. P. Muthuraman. Muthuraman turned producer for this film under his production banner "Visalam Productions" named after his mother. In spite of being a producer, Rajini took care of production duties of the film along with AVM Saravanan. Rajini decided to act in the film to contribute for the retirement fund of main crew members of SP Muthuraman team who were regular in most of Muthuraman's films.[1] Rajini acted in the film without taking any fees. This film was huge disaster compared to other Rajinikanth's films. Even though, the film made some money and whatever money grossed were used for the retirement fund of director Muthuraman's crew. This shows that no mater whatever star power a film has got; if there's no story and screenplay the film will fail at the box office. [2] Tragedy struck before release, when Muthuraman's wife passed away.[3]


Music is composed by Ilayaraja while Ilayaraja's son Karthik Raja composed "Pandianin Rajyathil".[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Adi Jumba Mano, K. S. Chithra Vaali 06:00
2 Anbe Nee Enna Mano, K. S. Chithra 04:41
3 Pandiayana Kokka Kokka Mano 04:56
4 Pandiyanin Rajiyathil Mano, K. S. Chithra Panju Arunachalam 05:44
5 Ulagathukaaga Mano Vaali 04:49


  • This was Rajinikanth's last film with SP. Muthuraman. This is one of the few Rajini films which did not have any tracks sung by S.P. Balasubramaniam The movie was released along with Kamal's Thevar Magan, the movie went on to above average.
  • Scene where Khushboo tricks Rajini to eat green chillies and apply onions in eyes was lifted from Amitabh Bachchan starrer Hindi film Coolie.


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