Rajadhi Raja (1989 film)

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Rajadhi Raj
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Directed by R. Sundarrajan
Produced by R. D. Bhaskar
Screenplay by Panchu Arunachalam
Story by R. Sundarrajan
Starring Rajinikanth
Radha Ravi
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Rajarajan
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Pavalar Creations
Distributed by Pavalar Creations
Release dates
  • 4 March 1989 (1989-03-04)
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 16 crore

Rajadhi Raja is a Tamil film directed by R. Sundarrajan. The movie was released on March 4, 1989, with music by Ilaiyaraaja. Rajinikanth played a double role in the movie. The film was a Tremandous Mega Hit Box office blockbuster and completed a 200-day run at the box office. It grossed over 16 crore at the Box Office. The success of Rajadhi Raja re-established Rajinikanth as the king of Kollywood box office. All the credits goes to Superb Mass Style acting of Superstar Rajinikanth.[1]At the time of its release, the film considered as "biggest opening never ever got for Indian Cinema".


A rich estate owner is killed by his second wife and her brother Aadimoolam (Radharavi). The estate owner's son Raja (Rajinikanth) returns from USA and learns of this. In order to bring the culprits to book, he makes his friend Sethupati (Janakraj), a rickshaw puller, act as Raja. But soon, Aadimoolam learns of this and kills Sethu and frames Raja as the killer. Raja is sentenced to death. In the same village where Raja lives, there exists his lookalike, Chinnaraasu (Rajinikanth again), whose aim in life is to wed his sweetheart Lakshmi (Nadia). Raja escapes from jail and meets Chinnaraasu and makes Chinnaraasu take his place in jail. After many a twist and turns, Raja brings the culprits to book. At the end Raja marries Senkamalam(Radha)and Chinnarasu marries Lakshimi.


Initially Revathi and Rubini were reported to play the two female characters in the movie. Due to date clashes, Revathi's role was offered to Radha and Rubini's role to Nadiya. This was the last film for Radha to act with Rajinikanth and last movie for Nadhiya. [2]



The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss) Picturised with
1 Enkitta Modhadhe Mano, K. S. Chithra Ponnadiyan 04:51 Rajini,Nadiya
2 Maama Un Ponna Kodu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 04:25 Rajini,Nadiya
3 Malayala Karayoram Mano Vaali 04:42 Rajini
4 Meenamma Meenamma Mano, K. S. Chithra Piraisoodan 04:38 Rajini,Radha
5 Vaa Vaa Manjal Mano, S. P. Sailaja Ilaiyaraaja 04:34 Rajini,Radha

Box office[edit]

On the opening day, the film registered "biggest opening never ever got for Indian Cinema".THe film collected 94 lakhs on its first day with breaking the record created by Sholay which collected 90 lakhs on its first day.The film collected 5.14 crore in 10 days.The film reached 16 crore in its final worldwide collection with breaking the record of Indian Cinema Sholay with collected 15 crore(Worldwide).The film emerged as "Biggest Blockbuster Never Ever got for an Indian Cinema History".However, its record by broken by several film but still considered as Biggest Opening for Indian Cinema. The film brings a worldwide share 10 crore and the film made an budget 1.2 crore.The film producer had a profit of 9 crore after adding its remake rights and satellite rights.


  1. ^ "Rajadhi Raja Tamil Movie (1989) - Venpura". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. ^ Rajadhi Raja - Cinema Express
  3. ^ "Rajadhi Raja Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2014-02-10.