Dharma Yuddham

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Dharma Yuddham
Directed byR. C. Sakthi
Story byPeter Selvakumar
Produced byT. R. Srinivasan
Thengai Srinivasan
CinematographyN. Balakrishnan
Edited byG. Radhakrishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Charusuchithra Films
Release date
  • 29 June 1979 (1979-06-29)
Running time
134 Minutes

Dharma Yuddam (transl. War for honour) is a 1979 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by R. C. Sakthi. It stars Rajinikanth and Sridevi. The film was released on 29 June 1979.[1]


Vijay's parents are killed by Robert. He is adopted and brought up by Thiyagarajan. He comes to love Thiyagarajan's daughter as his own sister. He becomes a successful, soft-spoken, kind yet reclusive business man and is sought by Chitra for an interview. They fall in love while Manju, his sister, falls in love with a photographer. Though initially against the match, Vijay realizes that his sister's lover is hardworking, sincere and is not after money. All seems to go well until one day when Manju is found dead and her eyes missing.

Robert, their family friend, is an illegal organ trader and sells custom requested eyes. He is the one who has kidnapped and killed Manju. Unknown to Robert, Chitra or anyone, Vijay has a weakness. On full moon night, he has an alter-ego that takes over which is extremely violent, overtly strong and incredibly dangerous as it was the day he lost his biological family. His adoptive father and later, his sister chain him up in a room to ensure he does not hurt others and more importantly himself. When Vijay finds out that Robert has been stealing eyes and is responsible for all the deaths, he goes after him but is overpowered by Robert's henchmen. While Robert attempts to find buyer for his eyes, not wanting to waste Vijay's death, full moon rises and Vijay, in his alter-ego, kills every single one of them in rage. He is acquitted both on account of his condition and that the dead are criminals.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3][4] The song, "Oru Thanga Radhathil" is set in Mohanam raga and "Aagaya Gangai" is set in Madhyamavati.[5][6]

Track listing
1."Oru Thanga Radhathil"KannadasanMalaysia Vasudevan4:27
2."Aagaya Gangai"M. G. VallabhanMalaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki4:38
3."Ada Poya"KannadasanS. P. Sailaja4:45
4."Disco Sound"HariHari, Ramola3:34
Total length:17:24


Medical accuracy[edit]

Daniel, a consulting psychiatrist, criticised the lead character's condition, that he becomes invincible and violent on a full moon night, as a medically inaccurate myth, noting its similarities to werewolf theories.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-14-342111-5.
  3. ^ "Dharma Yuddham (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 29 May 2023. Retrieved 29 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Dharma Yuddham Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 4 February 2023. Retrieved 29 May 2023.
  5. ^ "இளையராஜா 75". Dinamani (in Tamil). 17 June 2018. Archived from the original on 3 February 2023. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  6. ^ Mani, Charulatha (30 August 2013). "The power of three". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  7. ^ Shekhar, Arunkumar (21 March 2018). "Oh, the lunacy: Debunking myth in Dharma Yuddham". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 25 October 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2024.

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