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Directed by K. Subash
Produced by Mani Ratnam
S. Sriram
Written by A. Varunan
Screenplay by Mani Ratnam
Story by Mani Ratnam
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Y. N. Murali
Edited by Raghu
Aalayam Productions
Distributed by Aalayam Productions
Release date
  • 17 October 1990 (1990-10-17)
Running time
130 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Chatriyan (The warrior) is a 1990 Indian epic Tamil crime-drama film written and produced by Mani Ratnam, and directed by K. Subash, assistant of Mani Ratnam.[1] The film stars Vijayakanth,Thilakan, Bhanupriya and Revathi in the lead roles.[2] The film has Vijayakanth playing the role of an honest cop and Thilakan as a corrupt politician in the main villain role. This film is one of the super hit films of early 90's and has attained cult status[3][4] It was also dubbed in Telegu as Kshatriyudu. [5] The film features a highly acclaimed soundtrack and background score composed by Ilaiyaraaja.



ACP Panneer Selvam aka Sathriyan (Vijayakanth), an honest cop, gathers enough evidence against a local goon Arumai Nayagam aka Annachi (Thilakan). Annachi is sent to prison. He avenges his arrest by killing Sathriyan's wife Jaya (Revathi). Since then, Sathriyan quits the police force and takes care of his children, renting an apartment owned by V. K. Ramaswamy. Banu (Bhanupriya), V. K. Ramaswamy's granddaughter, gets introduced to Sathriyan's children and starts mingling with them, eventually falling in love with Sathriyan. Meanwhile, Annachi is released from prison and realizes that he doesn't carry the same respect as he used to before going to jail. His anger against Sathriyan doesn't cease. Annachi challenges Sathriyan to join the police and fight him again. Sathriyan initially rejects the offer. Annachi tries to provoke Sathriyan by attacking his home and son. Out of frustration over his son's attack, Sathriyan joins the police and fights Annachi. Sathriyan's fight against Annachi forms the rest of the plot.


The music was scored by Ilaiyaraaja which was widely acclaimed and lyrics written by Vaali. Reportedly, the songs of this film were composed in just one and a half hours by Ilaiyaraaja. [6]

Track listing:

  1. Maalayil Yaro Manathodu - Swarnalatha
  2. Pootukkal Pottalum - S. Janaki
  3. Yaaru Pottadhu - S. Janaki


Chathriyan topped the Chennai box office on its opening weekend with 12 lakh distributor share.


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  2. ^ "Sathriyan Cast and Crew | Star Cast | Tamil Movie | Sathriyan Actor | Actress | Director | Music |". 17 October 1990. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vijayakanth as Vijayakanth - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Filmography of chatriyan". 1990-10-17. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
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  6. ^ "Find Tamil Movie Sathriyan, Sathriyan Reviews, Expert Review and Casts". 17 October 1990. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 

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