|Directed by||S. P. Muthuraman|
|Screenplay by||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Story by||Nabendu Ghosh|
|Edited by||R. Vittal|
|7 July 1983|
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.
- Rajinikanth as Kannan
- Sridevi as Radha
- Jaishankar as Rathnakumar
- Cho Ramaswamy as Ramanna
- S. Varalakshmi as Rani Amma
- Raveendran as Pratap
- Silk Smitha as Usha
- Senthamarai as Diwan
- V. K. Ramasamy as Step father of Valli
- Manorama as step mother of Valli
- V. Gopalakrishnan as Vijay
- C. L. Anandan as Veeraiyan
- S. V. Ramadas as Muthukaruppan
- S. S. Chandran as Kannan's colleague
- LIC Narasimhan as Sundaram
- S.R. Veeraraghavan as Dr. Gowtham
The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The disco song "Aasai Nooruvagai" was remixed by Yuvan Shankar Raja for Kurumbu (2003). The song "Dan Dana Dan" from the Hindi film Department (2012) too was adapted from "Aasai Nooruvagai".
|1||Aasai Nooruvagai||Malaysia Vasudevan||Panchu Arunachalam||4:31|
|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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