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Ejamaan
Yajaman poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. V. Udayakumar
Written byGokula Krishnan (dialogues)
Screenplay byR. V. Udayakumar
Story bySujatha Udayakumar
Produced byM. Saravanan
M.Balasubramaniam
M. S. Guhan
StarringRajinikanth
Meena
CinematographyKarthik Raja
Edited byB. S. Nagaraj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Release date
  • 18 February 1993 (1993-02-18)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Ejamaan (transl. Chieftain) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by R. V. Udayakumar. It stars Rajinikanth and Meena, and Napoleon , who plays the antagonist. The film was produced by M. Saravanan, M. S. Guhan and M. Subrahmaniam under the banner AVM Productions. Ilaiyaraaja scored and composed the film's soundtrack.

Plot[edit]

Kandhavelu Vaanavarayan is a feudal chieftain, adored and respected by the people of his village near Pollachi. He lives with his grandparents. Following his advice, they abstain from voting in the elections and instead, pool the money given by the candidates to get themselves some basic amenities. Vallavaraayan is his archenemy. Their enmity is further sharpened when Vaanavarayan wins the hand of Vaitheeswari, whom Vallavaraayan had also wished to wed. Vallavaraayan then convinces the priest of the village temple to mix poison in the holy water that Vaitheeswari drinks. As a result, she becomes incapable of conceiving a baby. But surprisingly, Vaitheeswari soon becomes pregnant, though she has pretended with the help of the mid-wife, to do so to uphold her husband's honour. However, she takes poison and kills herself during the Seemantham celebration, unable to bear the grief of being incapable of giving her husband a child and on her deathbed makes Vaanavarayan swear to take Ponni as his wife. Vaanavarayan however refuses until Ponni agrees to marry Sembattai- Vallavarayan's henchman-who abandons her to Vallavarayan's vice. Infuriated, Vaanavarayan attacks Vallavarayan, but spares his life after giving him a sermon on how to win the hearts of people.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After the success of Chinna Gounder (1992), director R. V. Udayakumar was approached by various producers but he was unsure as to who should play the part of the hero for his next film. Subsequently, he decided to cast Rajinikanth as the hero for his next film. Rajinikanth agreed to act under the direction of Udayakumar. The director expressed his interest to make this film for AVM Productions. Initially, a different script titled Jilla Collector was narrated,[3] but Udaykumar subsequently opted to film a different script altogether, since M. Saravanan of AVM felt that the original script might go over budget. Meena was selected as the heroine. Rajinikanth was initially reluctant to have her as the heroine because she had appeared as a child artist for his film Anbulla Rajinikanth and he felt that his fans might not readily accept this pairing. But he eventually agreed to have Meena play the part.[4] Ejamaan was Rajinikanth's 141st film and his 8th collaboration with AVM Productions.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Except for the song "Adi Raakumuthu" which was penned by Vaali, all other songs were penned by Udayakumar himself.[6] Many of the songs are set in Carnatic ragas; "Aalappol Velappol" is set in Sankarabharanam,[7] "Ejamaan Kaladi" is in Madhyamavati,[8] "Nilave Mugam Kaattu" and "Oru Naalum" are set in Sindhubhairavi.[9][10][11]

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Aalappol Velappol"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:06
2."Adi Raakumuthu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:10
3."Ejamaan Kaladi"Malaysia Vasudevan4:08
4."Idiye Aanaalum Thangi Kollum"Malaysia Vasudevan1:44
5."Nilave Mugam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:06
6."Oru Naalum"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki6:00
7."Thookkuchattiye"Malaysia Vasudevan3:56
8."Urakka Kathuthu Kozhi"S. Janaki5:04

Release and reception[edit]

Ejamaan was released on 18 February 1993.[12] Malini Mannath of The Indian Express wrote, "Ejamaan is a well meant film from AVM and from director Udayakumar".[1] K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times wrote, "The film begins well but gets bogged down after the interval and the large number of songs do not help matters".[2] At the 14th Cinema Express Awards, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam won the Best Playback Singer award.[13]

Legacy[edit]

Chinna Gounder and Ejamaan started the trend of portrayals of village chieftain in Tamil films.[14] Director Rajmohan directed a film titled Vanavarayan Vallavarayan (2014) named after Rajinikanth and Napoleon's characters.[15] Dhanapal Padmanabhan who directed Krishnaveni Panjaalai (2012), rated Ejamaan "as the film that best captured the village flavour and beauty of Pollachi".[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mannath, Malini (19 February 1993). "Inconsistent". The Indian Express. p. 11. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Vijiyan, K. (6 March 1993). "Rajinikanth follows in MGR's path". New Straits Times. p. 12. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "உதயகுமார் டைரக்ஷனில் ரஜினிகாந்த்" [Rajinikanth in Udayakumar's direction]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 14 April 2016. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ "ஆர்.வி.உதயகுமார் டைரக்ஷனில் ஏவி.எம். தயாரித்த 'எஜமான்' வெள்ளி விழா கொண்டாடியது" [Ejamaan, produced by AVM under RV Udayakumar's direction celebrated silver jubilee]. Maalai Malar. 3 January 2013. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ "'ஜில்லா கலெக்ட'ருக்கு பதில் 'எஜமான்' முடிவானது!" [Instead of Jilla Collector, Ejamaan was finalised!]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). Nellai. 5 March 2016. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Ejamaan Tamil Audio Cassette". Banumass. Archived from the original on 14 February 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 122.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 128.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 148.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 150.
  11. ^ Mani, Charulatha (10 May 2013). "Light and melodious". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  12. ^ Saravanan 2013, p. 328.
  13. ^ "Kizhakku Cheemayile adjudged best film". The Indian Express. Express News Service. 13 March 1994. p. 3. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Top 10 Village Panchayat Presidents of Tamil Cinema | Rajinikanth – Ejaman". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  15. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir (12 September 2014). "Vanavarayan Vallavarayan: Siamese torture". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  16. ^ Jeshi, K. (6 June 2014). "Creating a scene". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.
  • Saravanan, M. (2013) [2005]. AVM 60 Cinema (in Tamil) (3rd ed.). Rajarajan Pathippagam. OCLC 1158347612.

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