Adutha Varisu

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Adutha Varisu
Adutha Varisu.jpg
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byDwarakish[1]
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story byNabendu Ghosh
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
Dwarakish Chitra
Release date
7 July 1983 (1983-07-07)[2]
Running time
135 minutes

Adutha Varisu (transl. The Next Heir) is a 1983 Indian Tamil-language film directed by S. P. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth and Sridevi. It is a remake of the 1972 Hindi film Raja Jani, which itself was loosely based on the 1956 American film Anastasia.


Kannan, a small-time bounty hunter, is enlisted by the crooked members of a royal zameen to find a girl to impersonate the lost heiress to the throne, so that they can usurp the zameen's wealth. Kannan comes across a nomadic girl Valli and trains her to act appropriately and introduces her as the lost heiress to the zameen's head, Rani Amma Rajalakshmi, who is the grandmother of the lost heiress. However, when he learns from Valli's adopted parents that Valli is truly the lost heiress, he sets out to protect her and Rani Amma from the crooked clan.



Adutha Varisu is a remake of the 1972 Hindi film Raja Jani,[5] which itself was loosely based on the 1956 American film Anastasia (1956).[6][7][8]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[9] The disco song "Aasai Nooruvagai" was remixed by Yuvan Shankar Raja for Kurumbu (2003).[10] The song "Dan Dana Dan" from the Hindi film Department (2012) too was adapted from "Aasai Nooruvagai".[11][3]

No. Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 Aasai Nooruvagai Malaysia Vasudevan Panchu Arunachalam 4:31
2 Ennaiah S. Janaki Vaali 4:27
3 Kaveriye Kavikuyiley S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Panchu Arunachalam 4:31
4 Pesa koodathu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela 4:30
5 Vaa Raja S. Janaki Vaali 4:26
6 Vaazhga S. P. Sailaja, S. Janaki 4:29


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  4. ^ "Silk Smitha birth anniversary: Memorable films of the sex siren of South". The Free Press Journal. 2 December 2017. Archived from the original on 7 March 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  5. ^ Ramachandran 2014, p. 108.
  6. ^ Nayak, Satyarth (2019). Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess. India: Penguin Random House. p. 63. ISBN 9789353056780.
  7. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (30 July 2016). "How do you solve a problem like Rajini?". Baradwaj Rangan. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  8. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (21 December 2019). "Karthi And Jyotika Twist Themselves Up in Knots in Jeethu Joseph's Underwhelming Thriller Thambi". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 17 January 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Adutha Vaarisu (1983)". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  10. ^ Jeshi, K. (2 November 2007). "Mix and match". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 November 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  11. ^ Johri, Kanika (23 April 2012). "RGV's Dan Dan Dana Dan copied from a Rajinikanth song!". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 March 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2019.


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