Adutha Varisu

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

Adutha Varisu (transl. The Next Heir) is a 1983 Indian Tamil-language action drama 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. The film was released on 7 July 1983.


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,[3] which itself was loosely based on the 1956 American film Anastasia (1956).[4][5] The film was produced by Dwarakish.[6]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7][8] The disco song "Aasai Nooru Vagai" was remixed by Yuvan Shankar Raja for Kurumbu (2003).[9] The song "Dan Dana Dan" from the Hindi film Department (2012) too was adapted from "Aasai Nooru Vagai".[1][10]

Track listing
1."Pesa Koodathu"Panchu ArunachalamS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela4:35
2."Vaa Raja Vandhu Paaru"VaaliS. Janaki4:26
3."Vaazhga Raja Vaazhga Rani"Panchu ArunachalamS. P. Sailaja, S. Janaki4:30
4."Kaveriye Kavikuyiley"Panchu ArunachalamS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:35
5."Aasai Nooru Vagai"Panchu ArunachalamMalaysia Vasudevan4:31
6."Ennaiah ABC"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:28
Total length:27:05

Release and reception[edit]

Adutha Varisu was released on 7 July 1983.[11] Kalki criticised the film for lack of originality.[12]


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  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Ramachandran 2014, p. 108.
  4. ^ Nayak 2019, p. 63.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Harsha (26 February 2018). "I'm her Meera, says Sridevi's ardent fan". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Adutha Vaarisu (1983)". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Adutha Varisu Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 21 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  9. ^ Jeshi, K. (2 November 2007). "Mix and match". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 November 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினிகாந்த் - ஒரு சரித்திரம் | சூப்பர் ஸ்டாரின் திரைக்காவியங்களின் பட்டியல்கள்". Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 22 June 2022. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  12. ^ "அடுத்த வாரிசு". Kalki (in Tamil). 31 July 1983. p. 8. Archived from the original on 28 July 2022. Retrieved 10 December 2021.


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