|Directed by||Mani Ratnam|
|Produced by||S. Sriram|
|Written by||Sujatha (dialog)
|Screenplay by||Mani Ratnam|
|Story by||Ram Gopal Varma|
S. P. Balasubramaniam
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Cinematography||P. C. Sriram|
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
|Distributed by||Aalayam Productions|
|Release dates||13 November 1993|
|Running time||170 minutes|
Thiruda Thiruda is a 1993 Tamil comedy thriller film co-written by Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma. The film directed by Mani Ratnam, had its soundtrack and background score composed by A. R. Rahman while the cinematography was handled by P. C. Sriram. The film opened to mixed critical reception, and became an average grosser at the box office but achieved cult status over the following years. In 1994, the film was premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Printed Indian currency, from the Reserve Bank of India security press at Nasik with an estimated value of 10 billion is stolen by underworld Gangster Vikram (Salim Ghouse) living in London. The container is snipped off from a goods carrier en route to New Delhi, through Vikram's henchman. The access card of the container is in the possession of pop star Chandralekha (Anu Agarwal). The CBI chief Laxminarayana (S. P. Balasubramaniam) is assigned to track down the stolen currency, which is already attested by the governor of the Reserve Bank of India. On her way to Vikram chandralekha comes across two burglar's Kadhir (Anand) and Azhagu (Prashanth) who are on the run from the police—having in tow country-girl Rasathi (Heera Rajagopal) whom they kept from committing suicide and who then ran away from her ruthless uncle. Laxminarayan's assignment will lead him to Ashok Tejani, and then the two burglars, who are on the run from the Police along with the suicidal village belle. His efforts will be frustrated even more after Ashok is killed and his girlfriend Chandralekha, is absconding; and the entry of the international drug dealer himself, simply known as Vikram, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the loot. After some attempts of cheating each other Chandralekha is making friends with the thieves. When she discovers that Vikram is stopping at nothing—especially not at dead bodies—on his hunt after the loot, she informs the three others about the real value of the code card. In the following pursuit between Vikram, the four heroes and a special police brigade, which has to get back the money before a state crisis comes about, there is not only fierce action, but also love comes to its own.
- Prashanth as Azhagu
- Anand as Kadhir
- Heera Rajagopal as Rasathi
- Anu Agarwal as Chandralekha
- S. P. Balasubramaniam as Laxminarayanan
- Salim Ghouse as T.T. Vikram
- Malaysia Vasudevan
- Thalaivasal Vijay
J. D. Chakravarthy was initially meant to play the role of Kadhir, but was ultimately replaced by Anand. Salim Ghouse, a renowned theatre artist, was roped into play an antagonist in a rare commercial film appearance. Aishwarya, daughter of actress Lakshmi, was also approached for a role in the film but refused the opportunity. K. V. Anand was among P. C. Sriram's assistant cinematographers in the film.
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
The soundtrack features 8 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. The album, along with that of Roja is regarded as a masterpiece from the acclaimed musician with many fans considering it among his best work, and helped establish Rahman as one of the top artistes in South India. The film's songs are notable for two reasons—the introduction of relatively unknown vocalists into mainstream Tamil playback singing and the extensive use of experimental sounds, including (Western) orchestral elements and techno instrumental music in familiar Indian cinematic music settings. While vocalist Anupama in the technopop song Chandralekha and the Chinese singer Caroline in Thee Thee sang their first mainstream songs, the late singer Shahul Hameed was roped in to sing Raasathi. Major innovations in Indian music include Acapella (extensive instrumental use of human voices) in Thee Thee and Raasathi and the incorporation of operatic and techno elements in the main theme and in Chandralekha. The song Veerapandi Kottayile became a big hit across South India, inspiring the tune for a popular Malayalam slogan, "Thekku Thekkoru Deshathu".
|1||"Kannum Kannum"||Mano, Chorus||04:09|
|2||"Chandralekha"||Anupama, Suresh Peters||05:50|
|3||"Veerapandi Kotayyile"||Mano, Unni Menon, K. S. Chithra||06:31|
|4||"Thee Thee"||Caroline, Noel James||04:57|
|6||"Putham Pudhu Bhoomi"||K. S. Chithra, Mano||04:46|
|7||"Title Theme"||G. V. Prakash||01:00|
|8||"Aathukulla Airu Meenu"||Srinivas, Suresh Peters||01:26|
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