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Directed byK. Subash
Written byA. Varunan
Screenplay byMani Ratnam
Story byMani Ratnam
Produced byMani Ratnam
S. Sriram
CinematographyY. N. Murali
Edited byRaghu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 17 October 1990 (1990-10-17)
Running time
130 minutes

Chatriyan (transl.The Warrior) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language crime drama film directed by K. Subash from a story written by Mani Ratnam, who produced the film under Aalayam Productions. The film stars Vijayakanth, Bhanupriya, and Thilakan, while Revathi made a guest appearance. The film features soundtrack and background score composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1] The film became a blockbuster at the box office, was one of the highest-grossing films of the early 1990s, and achieved cult status.


ACP Panneer Selvam alias Sathriyan, an honest cop, gathers enough evidence against a local goon named Arumai Nayagam alias Annachi for his involvement in illegal activities. Annachi is sent to prison but avenges his arrest by killing Sathriyan's wife Jaya. Because of this, Sathriyan quits the police force and takes care of his children, while renting an apartment. Banu, the apartment owner's granddaughter, gets introduced to Sathriyan's children and starts mingling with them. She eventually falls in love with Sathriyan and learns about his tragic childhood and meeting Jaya. Meanwhile, Annachi is released from prison and realizes that he does not carry the same respect as he used to before going to prison. His anger against Sathriyan does not 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, where he finally defeats him after an intense hand-to-hand combat.



Chatriyan is the first film produced by Aalayam Productions.[2]


The music was scored by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali.[3][4] The song "Maalayil Yaaro" is set in Suddhadhanyasi raga.[5]

Track listing

Song Singers(s) Length
"Maalayil Yaro Manathodu" Swarnalatha 05:31
"Pootukkal Pottalum" S. Janaki 04:58
"Yaaru Pottadhu" S. Janaki, Yuvan Shankar Raja 04:40

Release and reception[edit]

Chathriyan was released on 17 October 1990 alongside other major releases including Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Mallu Vetti Minor, Avasara Police 100, Sirayil Sila Raagangal, En Kadhal Kanmani, Amman Kovil Thiruvizha and Pudhupaattu.[6][7] C. R. K. of Kalki praised the film for crisp dialogues, subtle emotions and cinematography.[8]


The 2016 action film Theri was inspired by this film.[9]


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  2. ^ "'Bombay' producer S Sriram passes away". The News Minute. 4 September 2019. Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Chatriyan". JioSaavn. 17 October 1990. Archived from the original on 30 December 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Sathriyan and Mouna Raagam Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  5. ^ Mani, Charulatha (9 December 2011). "A Raga's Journey — Soulful Suddhadhanyasi". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 October 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  6. ^ "தீபாவளிக்கு வெளியான தமிழ் படங்கள் - 2". Screen 4 Screen (in Tamil). 31 July 2020. Archived from the original on 18 November 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Happy Birthday, Vijayakanth: Check Out Captain Of Tamil Cinema's Best Police Roles". News18. 25 August 2022. Archived from the original on 30 December 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  8. ^ சி.ஆர்.கே. (28 October 1990). "சத்ரியன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 64. Archived from the original on 1 August 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Before Thalapathy 63: The films Atlee has been accused of plagiarising". India Today. 17 April 2019. Archived from the original on 2 July 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2020. Theri and Chatriyan's storylines bear an uncanny resemblance.

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