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Directed by P. Bharathiraja[1]
Produced by Chandraleela Bharathiraja
Thilaka Ganesh
Written by R. Selvaraj
Screenplay by P. Bharathiraja
Story by R. Selvaraj
Starring Jayasudha
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography C. Dhanapal
Edited by K. Pazhanivel
Megaa Movies
Distributed by Megaa Movies
Release dates
June 1, 1996
Running time
131 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Anthimanthaarai is a period arthouse Tamil language film released in 1996. The film has Vijayakumar, Jayasudha in lead roles. It is produced by Chandraleela Bharathiraja and Thilaka Ganesh The director of this film is P. Bharathiraja. The film won the National Award for the Best Feature Film in Tamil for the year 1997.

The music for the film is composed by A. R. Rahman. The film is relatively unknown and it had a brief run lasting for a week in major cinemas. This film is known for the background score by A.R. Rahman and had become a cult classic among his fans.


A wartime freedom fighter seeks refuge in a young woman's home after being pursued. A platonic relationship forms between them which they will not forget for the rest of their lives.


Anthimanthaarai is a low budget production targeted primarily at the arthouse movie audience. It features period contemporary backdrop settings. Originally, it was set to be released without a soundtrack. When the film got the tax break from the Govt of India, the director Bharathiraja had included music and songs for commercial purpose. A.R. Rahman accepted no payment for the music of this film.



Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1996
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Mr. Romeo
Minsara Kanavu

The soundtrack of the film was composed by A. R. Rahman and was a promotional audio for the film which had just a few snatches of these songs in the background. It has 4 songs including a pure Carnatic song written in Sanskrit and 3 instrumental themes. The lyrics written by Vairamuthu.

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 Bharathiraja Voice I Bharathiraja
2 Sakiyaa Unnikrishnan
3 Theme Music I Instrumental
4 Bharathi Raja's Voice II Bharathiraja
5 Oru Naal Swarnalatha
6 Theme Music II Instrumental
7 Sakiyaa II Unnikrishnan
8 Pullai Thinkum Sumangali
9 Music Bit I Instrumental
10 Music Bit II Instrumental

The soundtrack became a cult favourite among fans of A.R. Rahman for its soul stirring music compositions.


  1. ^ "Anthimanthaarai". cinesouth. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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