Captain Prabhakaran

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Not to be confused with Velupillai Prabhakaran.
Captain Prabhakaran
Captain Prabhakaran poster.jpg
Directed by R. K. Selvamani
Produced by Ibrahim Rowther
Written by R. K. Selvamani
Liyakath Ali Khan (dialogues)
Starring Vijayakanth
Sarath Kumar
Mansoor Ali Khan
Ramya Krishnan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Rajarajan
Edited by G. Jayachandran
I. V. Cine Productions
Distributed by I. V. Cine Productions
Release date
14 April 1991
Country India
Language Tamil

Captain Prabhakaran is a 1991 Tamil-language Indian action film directed by R. K. Selvamani. It features Vijayakanth in the lead role. It also features Mansoor Ali Khan, Rupini, and Ramya Krishnan, while R. Sarathkumar appears in a small role. It was Vijayakanth's 100th film, after which he earned the nickname "captain".[1] The character of the antagonist Veerabhadran, played by Mansoor Ali Khan, is loosely based on the forest brigand Veerappan.[2] The title of the film was inspired from Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.[3][4] The film was a commercial success upon its release and became a blockbuster at the box office. It was also dubbed in Telugu as Captain Prabhakar.[5]



Captain Prabhakaran (Vijayakanth) is an IFS officer (Indian Forest Service) sent to Sathyamangalam to nab Veerabhadran (Mansoor Ali Khan) who tortures the people of that place. Prabhakaran is not only going to nab Veerabhadran, but also avenge the death of his friend Rajaraman IFS (R. Sarathkumar) who was a forest officer killed by Veerabhadran. The police commissioner and the district collector are corrupt and also support Veerabhadran. In the climax, Veerabhadran kidnaps Prabhakaran's wife and son. Prabhakaran arrives at the right time and saves his wife and son. He then nabs Veerabhadran. Poongudi (Ramya Krishnan) was Rajaraman's lover. She dies while giving birth to his child. Veerabhadran is shot dead by the corrupt inspector and collector. Prabhakaran kills both of them. He is then dragged to court for killing the police inspector and the collector. Prabhakaran tells the truth that they were corrupt, and the film ends with Prabhakaran being released from the court.


After the success of Pulan Visaranai, Rowther decided to make another project with Vijayakanth and Selvamani titled "Captain Prabhakaran", the plotline of the film was based on the forest brigand Veerappan. The film happens to be 100th project of Vijayakanth. The filming was held at Chalakudy for 60 days.[6][7] The film had Mansoor Ali Khan in his first major role.[8]


Soundtrack has only two songs composed by Ilayaraaja while the lyrics were written by Gangai Amaran and Pirai Soodan. The song "Aattama Therottama" was one of the successful songs from the film. The song was remixed by Prasanna Sekhar in Singakutty (2008).[9]


  1. ^ "The Hindu : Vijayakanth vs `Virumaandi'". 
  2. ^ "Quizzing with K-Circle". 6 March 2012 – via The Hindu. 
  3. ^ Tamils Business Connections (17 March 2013). "R. K. Selvamani in Toronto 16 Mar 2013 - Part 1" – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ Tamils Business Connections (17 March 2013). "R. K. Selvamani in Toronto, Part 2" – via YouTube. 
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  6. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal". 
  7. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal". 
  8. ^ "Grill Mill - Mansoor Ali Khan". 9 October 2010 – via The Hindu. 
  9. ^ "Well picturised". 20 February 2008 – via The Hindu. 

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