|Directed by||Liaquat Ali Khan|
|Produced by||Hemalatha Ramesh|
|Written by||Liyakath Ali Khan|
M. N. Nambiar
Mansoor Ali Khan
|Edited by||G. Jayachandran|
Chinnipavan Cine Creations
|Distributed by||Chinnipavan Cine Creations|
|19 February 1993|
Ezhai Jaathi (Poor Caste) is a 1993 Tamil political drama film directed by Liaquat Ali Khan, starring Vijayakanth and Jayaprada in the lead roles. Jayaprada has returned to the Tamil screen after a long cap, and the role of a star-politician suits her mature looks. Prabhu Deva appears for a dance sequence along with Vijayakanth. The movie opened to mixed reviews at the box office.
Subhash (Vijayakanth) is the son industrialist Odeyar (Vijayakumar), an influential man who helps pull down one government, and set up another. Subhash sympathetic to the cause of down-trodden lives in their midst, fighting for their rights. Initially, his father's name is Armour but when his actions—like his clashes with the son (Mansoor Ali Khan) of a minister (John Amirtharaj)—threaten to bring down the very government which his father supports, latter washes his hands off him, and he is market man.
The local MLA (Thyagu) exploits the innocent people of the slums and gets their votes by using the common caste-factor. Subhash acquaints them of their rights, exposes the politicians for what they are and earns the love and respect of the poor. Thilakavathi (Jayaprada), and MP is sympathetic to his cause for which she is held prisoner by her colleagues. However, all ends well with Subhash recovering from a near-fatal wound and the exposed politicians getting their just deserts throughout an irate job.
- Vijayakanth as Subhash Chandra Bose
- Jayaprada as Thilakavathi
- Vijayakumar as Odeyar
- M. N. Nambiar as Iyer
- Manorama as Nagamma
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Rajarathinam's son
- J. Livingston as Thilakavathi's step father
- John Amirtharaj as Rajarathinam
- Senthil as Petha Perumal
- Thyagu as MLA
- LIC Narasimhan as Selection officer
- Krishnamoorthy as Inspector
- Yuvasri as Shankar's Sister
- Murali Kumar as Blind man
- Kokila as Murali kumar's wife
- S. N. Vasanth as Shankar
- Vijay Krishnaraj as Opposition leader
- Dharani as Shanthi
- Prabhu Deva (Special appearance)
- Thalapathy Dinesh (Uncredited)
- Vadivelu as (Guest Appearance)
|Ezhai Jaathi [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]|
|1.||"Ezhai Jaathi"||P. Jayachandran||5:00|
|2.||"Adho Andha Nadhiyoram"||S. Janaki||5:38|
|3.||"Indha Veedu"||S. P. Balasubramaniam||5:08|
The Indian Express wrote "The dialogue are punchy, and the film, though a little prosaic, is able to hold one's attention".
- Ashok Kumar, S. R. (29 June 2006). "Prabhu Deva: From his father's shadow to the limelight". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- "Ezhai Jaathi Songs - Ezhai Jaathi Tamil Movie Songs - Tamil Songs Lyrics Trailer Videos, Preview Stills Reviews". raaga.com. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
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