Desiya Geetham

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Desiya Geetham
Desiya Geetham.jpg
Directed byCheran
Written byCheran
Produced byDharam Chand Lunked
Edited byK. Thangichalam
Music byIlayaraaja
Distributed byTara's Creations
Release date
19 October 1998
Running time
164 minutes

Desiya Geetham (transl. National Anthem) is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Cheran. The film co-produced by R. Chandru, Abuthahir, Sathish Kumar, G. V. Suresh Kumar. The film created controversy during release and received positive reviews.[1] The film was one among 1998 Deepavali releases.


The film is about a Chief minister and his family being kidnapped and taken to a remote village making them undergo the hardships of village life to learn about it. Murali played the role of a villager who was looking for revolutionary means to correct the political system in Tamil Nadu. The basic line of the story was that the leaders should understand and know the difficulties faced by his subjects.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Arivumathi, Pazhani Bharathi, Vaasan, and received positive reviews.[2]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Ladies Special" Sujatha Pazhani Bharathi
2 "En Kanavinai" Hariharan Vaasan
3 "Desiya Geetham" K. J. Yesudas Arivumathi
4 "Naan Vaakkapattu" Sujatha Pazhani Bharathi
5 "Mannana Poranthavuga" Pushpavanam Kuppusamy Vaasan
6 "Appan Veettu"
7 "Nanba Nanba" Ilaiyaraaja
8 "Anal Gandhi"


A critic from Dinakaran noted "Cheran has won in highlighting minutely and emotively the village maladies and it's disastrous shortcomings".[3] A reviewer from Deccan Herald noted "This film has a message, which is meant for all of us, “Before the last Indian goes mad, let’s do something".[4]


  1. ^ "Desiya geetham: Music Review". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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