Captain Prabhakaran

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Captain Prabhakaran
Captain Prabhakaran poster.jpg
Directed byR. K. Selvamani
Produced byIbrahim Rowther
Written byR. K. Selvamani
Liyakath Ali Khan (dialogues)
Sarath Kumar
Mansoor Ali Khan
Ramya Krishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byG. Jayachandran
Distributed byI. V. Cine Productions
Release date
14 April 1991
Running time
162 minutes

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, Livingston and Ramya Krishnan, while R. Sarathkumar appears in a cameo role. It was Vijayakanth's 100th film, after which he earned the Sobriquet "captain".[1] The film ran for more than 250 days in theatres and the film was declared a blockbuster. 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] Upon its release, the film became a blockbuster at the box office.[5] The film score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Captain Prabhakar.[6]


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 also was the 100th project of Vijayakanth. The filming was held at Chalakudy for 60 days.[7][8] The film had Mansoor Ali Khan in his first major role.[9] During the shoot, a rope to which Vijayakanth was bound snapped and his shoulder got dislocated. With both his hands tied he screamed in pain, but this was mistaken for acting, and as a result, there was a delay in getting medical assistance.[10]


The soundtrack has only two songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja while the lyrics were written by Gangai Amaran and Piraisoodan. The song "Aattama Therottama" is set in the carnatic raga known as Sindhu Bhairavi.[11][12] It was later remixed by Prasanna Sekhar in Singakutty (2008).[13]

Captain Prabhakaran
Soundtrack album by
LabelOriental Records
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Surya IPS
Captain Prabhakaran
Puthiya Swarangal
Track list
1."Paasamulla Paandiyare"Gangai AmaranMano, K. S. Chitra5:09
2."Aattama Therottama"PiraisoodanSwarnalatha5:12
Total length:10:21


The Indian Express wrote "The strength of the film is its visual vibrancy and the narrative line too has a great measure of cohesion, despie it being an action film all the way."[14]


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  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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  7. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal".
  8. ^ "Tamil Cinema news - Tamil Movies - Cinema seithigal".
  9. ^ "Grill Mill - Mansoor Ali Khan". 9 October 2010 – via The Hindu.
  10. ^ Shivakumar, S. (26 August 2005). "Playing a Captain's innings". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  11. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 125. OCLC 295034757.
  12. ^ Mani, Charulatha (10 May 2013). "Light and melodious". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Well picturised". 20 February 2008 – via The Hindu.
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