24 Mani Neram

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24 Mani Neram
24 Mani Neram.jpg
VCD cover
Directed byManivannan
Written byManivannan
Produced byS. N. S. Thirumal
CinematographyA. Sabapathi
Edited byB. Kandasamy
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Thirupathisamy Pictures
Release date
  • 20 July 1984 (1984-07-20)

24 Mani Neram (read as "Irupatthi Naalu Mani Neram"; transl. 24 Hours) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language thriller film written and directed by Manivannan, starring Mohan, Sathyaraj, Nalini, and Jaishankar.[1][2] The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja with editing by B. Kandasamy and cinematography by A. Sabapathi. The film released on 18 July 1984 and is considered by critics as one of the best thriller films of Tamil cinema.[1] The film was commercially successful and ran for 27 weeks.[3]


X. W. Ramarathinam is a billionaire womaniser who rapes and kills the girls he likes. One day, he sees Janaki with her husband Raj on their wedding day in his own grand hotel. He initially indirectly tries to pursue Janaki to be his concubine. He complaints to his husband who is a reporter. Ramarathinam learns of this and rapes and kills Janaki. He also frames Raj for this. Raj swears to kill Ramarathinam within 24 hours. When Ramarathinam kills his own PA, Swapna's brother, who is his henchmen for not finishing off Mohan. She swears revenge. But somehow, Ramarathinam discovers this. Instead of killing her first, he first rapes her and then kills her. Finally, Raj kills Ramarathinam within 24 hours as revenge.



Manivannan retained the three lead actors of his Nooravathu Naal – Mohan, Sathyaraj and Nalini – for this film.[1][4][5]


Lyrics were written by Pulamaipithan and composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6][7]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Kulikkum Pothile" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Pulavar Puthumaipithen
2 "Kalloori Manavaraa" S. Janaki, S. P. Sailaja Pulavar Puthumaipithen

Release and reception[edit]

24 Mani Neram was released on 20 July 1984.[8] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki said the story was old fashioned, but praised the manner in which it was told.[9] The film was a success, and is considered among the most significant projects for Mohan, Sathyaraj and Nalini.[3][10][11]


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  2. ^ "மறக்க முடியுமா? - மவுன ராகம்". Dinamalar. Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Happy Birthday, Mohan: 'Payanangal Mudivathillai' to 'Mouna Ragam', six films of the lovable star that had a Silver Jubilee in theaters". The Times of India. 23 August 2020. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  4. ^ Sunil, K. P. (29 November 1987). "The Anti-Hero". The Illustrated Weekly of India. Vol. 108. The Times Group. pp. 40–41.
  5. ^ "மொட்டைத் தலையுடன் சத்யராஜ் நடித்த நூறாவது நாள்". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 8 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  6. ^ "24 Mani Neram Tamil FIlm EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  7. ^ "24 Mani Neram (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Single". Apple Music. 1 December 1984. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  8. ^ "24 மணி நேரம் / 24 Mani Neram (1984)". Screen4Screen. Archived from the original on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (5 August 1984). "24 மணி நேரம்". Kalki (in Tamil). pp. 82–83.
  10. ^ Kesavan, N. (14 April 2016). "Villains with heroic pasts". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  11. ^ "ஒரே வருடத்தில் மோகன் 15 படங்கள்; ஒரேநாளில் 3 படம் ரிலீஸ்; அத்தனையும் ஹிட்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.

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