|Directed by||A. S. Pragasam|
|Produced by||M. K. M Jawahar|
|Written by||A. S. Pragasam|
|Cinematography||B. S. Lokanath|
|10 April 1987|
Aalappirandhavan (English: Born to rule) is a 1987 Tamil action film, written and directed by A. S. Prakasam. It stars Sathyaraj and Ambika in the lead roles. It was released with a big hype featuring a full page ad in Daily Thanthi newspaper. The film was one of the superhits in Sathyaraj carrer.
The hero of the film – Sathyaraj has an extraordinary power of appearing at the spot instantaneously where crimes occur and save the good people by punishing the bad elements. The actress Ambika falls for his heroism.
- Satyaraj as Aalappirandhavan
- Silk Smitha
- Vinu Chakravarthy
- Venniradai Moorthy
- Typist Gopu
Soundtrack was written and composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
- "Unnayum Ennayum" — Yesudas, S. Janaki
- "Machanukku" — S. Janaki
- "Kodikatti" — Malaysia Vasudevan
- "Yethivecha" — SPB, Chithra
- "Ennal Mudiyathu" — Malaysia Vasudevan
Release and reception
Aalappirandhavan was released on 10 April 1987. The Indian Express said, "With an offbeat storyline that anyhow paves the way only for bloody violence — so common this line of approach has become that even a child would refuse to be impressed — college professor turned filmmaker A. S. Pragasam deserves a pat for attempting to develop on a fresh idea, but his jerky and inane narrative falls between the two stolls of reality and fantasy and sinks in the morass of sheer incapacity."
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