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Chatriyan poster.jpg
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, written and produced by Mani Ratnam under Aalayam Productions. The film was directed by K. Subash, an assistant of Mani Ratnam. The film stars Vijayakanth, Bhanupriya and Thilakan, while Revathi made a guest appearance as Vijayakanth's wife. The film has Vijayakanth playing Selvam, an honest cop and Thilakan as Annachi, a corrupt politician and the antagonist.[1]

This film ran more than 150 days in some theatres and was declared a blockbuster at the box office. The film is one of the biggest hit films of the early 1990s and has attained cult status. The film features a highly acclaimed soundtrack and background score composed by Ilaiyaraaja.


ACP Panneer Selvam aka Sathriyan is an honest cop, who gathers enough evidence against a local goon named Arumai Nayagam aka Annachi for illegal activities. Annachi is sent to prison, but avenges his arrest by killing Sathriyan's wife Jaya. Since then, Sathriyan quits the police force and takes care of his children, renting an apartment owned by V. K. Ramasamy. Banu, the apartment owner'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 realises that he does not carry the same respect as he used to before going to jail. 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.


  • Vijayakanth as ACP Panneer Selvam, a juvenile prisoner who is raised by a short-tempered police officer into an aggressive and ruthless police officer
  • Bhanupriya as Banu, a young woman who despite initially being irritated by Selvam falls in love with the latter
  • Revathi as Jaya, Selvam's wife who gets killed in a blast meant for him (Guest appearance)
  • V. K. Ramasamy as Banu's grandfather and owner of Selvam's house
  • Thilakan as Arumai Nayagam (Annachi), an influential criminal who is humiliated and jailed by Selvam.
  • A. V. Ramanan as Assistant Superinteendent of Police Ramanan
  • Vijayakumar as Selvam's godfather and guardian who raises him after he escapes from the juvenile home to kill those who are responsible for his parents' death
  • Delhi Ganesh as Jaya's father
  • Ajay Rathnam as John Swaminathan
  • Veeraraghavan
  • Kutty Padmini
  • Baby Aarthi as Preethi
  • Master Vishnuvardhan as Young Panneer Selvam


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] but ran for over 150 days in theatres despite stiff competition.[7] C. R. K. of Kalki praised the film for crisp dialogues, subtle emotions and cinematography.[8]


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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 30 December 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". Screen4Screen (in Tamil). 31 July 2020. Archived from the original on 29 December 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Happy Birthday, Vijayakanth: Check Out Captain Of Tamil Cinema's Best Police Roles". News18. 25 August 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.

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