Ramanaa (film)

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Directed by A. R. Murugadoss
Produced by Viswanathan Ravichandran
Written by A. R. Murugadoss
Starring Vijayakanth
Yugi Sethu
Ashima Bhalla
Riyaz Khan
Mukesh Rishi
Music by Ilaiyaraja
Cinematography M. S. Prabhu
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release dates
4 November 2002
Running time
178 minutes
Language Tamil

Ramanna is a 2002 Tamil action film directed by A. R. Murugadoss. The film stars Vijaykanth and Simran.

It was later remade in Telugu as Tagore with Chiranjeevi in the lead and then in Kannada as Vishnu Sena with Vishnuvardhan in the lead role and unofficial remake in Bengali as Tiger.[1][2][3]

The film is being remade in Hindi titled Gabbar with Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan in lead roles with direction by Krish.[4]


The film is about a common man who decides to abolish corruption altogether in the society at various levels. 15 Tahsildars are found missing and then the police find that 14 of them have been released after 3 days but one of them is killed. They find some files and a tape along with the body of the dead tahsildar. These files carry details of why the kidnap of the 15 tahsildars had been done and the reason for the murder of one of them and have the words ACF written on it. It is understood by the police that these men where the tahsildars who had indulged themselves in bribery and that they were the top 15 of the list of the corrupt tahsildars. ACF sends the tape, with the message that they shall continue the kidnap of the corrupt officers in all the departments and that the No.1 corrupt shall be sentenced to death according to the law of the Anti Corruption Force. ACF similarly kidnaps officials from PWD and Police department and kills the top corrupt official.

There is fear among the corrupt officials. They come forward to file their returns. For a while there are no illegal transactions done, but the corruption soon continues in the society due to the threatening of the local mob to sign illegal documents and accept bribes. Meanwhile, the ACF finds that it is Vijayan who is the real reason behind this corruption scenario. Then the kidnapping continues. The case is investigated by group of several old aged senior level officials who are very slow moving in their progress. However an IPS passed guy who is working as constable (unable to pay the bribe to get the Officer level job) takes up the case in order to get promotion in the department and moves ahead of those officials in a short time.He investigates the case starting with finding of the non-corrupt official in every government office assuming that official would have collected the information of other corrupt officers and passed it to ACF. He tries to figure out what is the common thing which unites them under one roof.He gradually finds out that they are alumni of National College and working for the ACF under their professor and the leader of the ACF, Professor Ramanaa.

Ramana is a simple man who leads a simple life during day time along with his adopted kids. Looking like a timid character by looks but brave in terms of his action he is loved by all of his peers. Ramana once takes one of his kids to hospital for treating injury and finds that the hospital is place full of corruption who play with the lives of people for sake of money. Raman decides to expose the truth and catches them red-handedly by faking a dead body as a patient. The hospital unaware of his plans continue their treatment even though they know that the person is dead and demand lakhs of money for treatment. Ramana produces the documents and receipts related to their fake treatment and gets the hospital sealed by government. The hospital dean is arrested but he commits suicide. The father of the dean Bhadrinarayanan (Vijayan) is enraged by this and attempts to take revenge on Ramana. He finds Ramana in the CCTV camera and is shocked as according to him he was dead several years ago.

Ramana is a happy professor with his wife who is expecting second child and daughter. On a Deepavali day, when the whole apartment is celebrating the festival,the entire building collapses due to some fault in the construction and many of the residents including Ramana's wife and daughter lose their lives. Ramana rushes to the Government Officials and he comes to know that all this was due to one person namely Bhadrinarayanan, owner of a construction company and builder of that apartment. Ramana finds that the building was constructed on a lose soil which was very well known to him. Bhadrinarayanan and his men thrash Ramana heavily and beat him to death. However Ramana escapes from them. The incidents that he faced at the office and seeing corrupt puppets in the hands of Bhadrinarayanan, he gets frustrated and he forms the ACF (Anti Corruption Force) to fight against corruption. He also kidnaps Bhadrinarayanan and kills him like he killed other corrupted officials.

The constable finally finds out the people working for ACF are the ex-students and the police force capture all of them. Police men torture them to open the identity of their leader however they refuse to do so. Ramana on seeing his students suffer, surrenders to the police and requests police to release his students.Raman is given death sentence for the murders he committed. People are enraged by this and demand his release. The rising support for Ramana makes the Chief Minister to meet him for higher appeal. Ramana refuses to appeal as he wants to stress the concept in the minds of everyone that if we make mistake we will be punished and he himself doesn't want to violate it as he did a crime of killing four people. Ramana is hanged finally and the constable feels bad for exposing Ramana for his own benefits given that he was not given promotion for it.



Yugi Sethu replaced R. Madhavan in a role in the film.[5]


Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Star Music
Producer Ilaiyaraaja

Ramana soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and is the only collaboration of Murugadoss with Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack has 8 songs.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Vaanaviley"   Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 5:15
2. "Vennilavin"   Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 5:51
3. "Vaanam Adhirave"   Unnikrishnan, Sadhana Sargam, Bhavatharini 4:58
4. "Oorukkoru"   Ilaiyaraaja 5:01
5. "Vaanaviley"   Ilaiyaraaja 5:15
6. "Alli Mudicha"   Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Swarnalatha 5:20
7. "Angey Yaaru Paaru"   Yuvan Shankar Raja, Tippu, Surender, Karthik 5:05
8. "Vaanaviley"   Sadhana Sargam 5:15


A. R. Murugadoss won the Tamil Nadu State award for Best Dialogue Writer.


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