|Directed by||S. P. Muthuraman|
|Screenplay by||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Produced by||A. Poorna Chandra Rao|
|Cinematography||T. S. Vinayagam|
|Edited by||R. Vittal|
S. P. Mohan
Athisaya Piravi (transl. Extraordinary Being) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language fantasy comedy film starring Rajinikanth, Kanaka, and Sheeba Akashdeep, while Nagesh, Jaiganesh, Chinni Jayanth, Cho Ramaswamy, and Vinu Chakravarthy, among others, play supporting roles. The film was a remake of the Telugu film Yamudiki Mogudu (1988). The film's music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and the film released on 15 June 1990. Athisaya Piravi was a box office flop.
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Kaalaiyan lives a poor lifestyle with his widowed mother. He falls in love with a girl called Sumathi, but because of his poor background, Sumathi's wealthy father Murukesh is not ready to accept him. Kaalaiyan also gets into hot water with Murukesh as he opposes his men who were planning to demolish some huts. Murukesh and his partner devise a plan to kill Kaalaiyan by tricking him into believing that he was going to marry him to Sumathi. The plan works, and they eventually succeed in killing him. Kaalaiyan's spirit goes to the underworld and meets the Lord of Death himself, Yama. Kaalaiyan explains to Yama the whole ordeal and that his death was a mistake, so Yama transports him back to an identical body of a mild-mannered villager, Balu, whose life is threatened by his paternal uncle and aunt, who are trying to kill him.
Reborn as Balu, he soon adapts to his new life, along with his new widowed mother and a sweetheart, Gauri. He also sets out to teach his uncle, Chinnasamy, aunt, and cousin Periyasaamy a lesson for their ill-treatment to him and his (new) mother. Life goes on, and he has no memories of his old life until one day Murukesh, who was an old friend of Chinnasamy, comes to visit them. Seeing him, Balu remembers his previous life and immediately goes to his previous place, where he finds Murukesh's goons attacking the area. Upon seeing him alive, they all are astounded and flee from the place. He then explains to his biological mother and Sumathi the whole story of how he was killed and reincarnated. Meanwhile, Gauri comes searching for Balu to Chennai, and hilarity ensues as Balu/Kaalaiyan struggles to manage both lovers. Balu, with help of Chitragupta, plans his revenge on Murukesh and his partner by outdoing him in wealth and humiliate them, but when Balu's relatives also arrive to Chennai, the whole confusion is revealed, and Murukesh captures both the families of Kaalaiyan and Balu and tries to kill him, but Balu/Kaalaiyan thwarts his plans and ultimately succeeds in his revenge.
- Rajinikanth as Kaalaiyan and Balu
- Kanaka as Gauri
- Sheeba Akashdeep as Sumathi
- Nagesh as Murukesh
- Jaiganesh as Murukesh's partner
- Achamillai Gopi
- Sudhakar as Jaiganesh's son
- Senthamarai as Chinnasaamy
- Chinni Jayanth as Periyasaamy
- Cho Ramaswamy as Vichitra Gupta
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Yama
- V. K. Ramasamy as Chitragupta
- Kamala Kamesh as Balu's mother
- Madhavi as Rambha (Guest appearance)
- S. N. Parvathy as Kaalaiyan's mother
- King Kong as Kaalaiyan's friend
- Omakuchi Narasimhan as jai ganesh's servant
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Balu's father (portrait)
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|"Singari Pyari"||Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki||Vaali|
|"Thanananthan"||Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki||Piraisoodan|
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The Indian Express wrote, "Directed by S. P. Muthuraman, who keeps the action from sagging, Panju Arunachalam redoes his Kalyanaraman idea and provides the dialogues, even as Cho keeps lighting crackers with dialogues loaded with political innuendo." According to Muthuraman, Athisaya Piravi underperformed at the box office, in contrast to the Telugu original, as the concept of life after death and reincarnation did not go down well with Tamil audiences.
Many years after the release of the film, a viral video entitled "Little Superstar" became very popular on the internet. The clip features the scene with Rajinikanth watching dwarf Indian actor King Kong dancing to "Holiday Rap" by MC Miker G & DJ Sven.
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