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Poster of Tamil version
Directed byC. V. Rajendran[1]
Produced byRam Kishen
Giridharlal Chand
Written byPanju Arunachalam (Tamil dialogues)
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byR. G. Gopu
Hem Nag Films
Distributed byHem Nag Films
Release date
7 August 1981 (Tamil)
14 August 1981 (Malayalam)
23 October 1981 (Kannada)
Running time
124 minutes

Garjanai (English: Roar) is a 1981 Tamil language film directed by C. V. Rajendran starring Rajinikanth and Madhavi in the lead roles. Music was scored by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was simultaneously shot in Malayalam as Garjanam and in Kannada as Garjane. This film was originally casted with the first action - adventure superstar of Indian Cinema Jayan.


This is about the Tamil version only.

Dr. Vijay (Rajinikanth) is an honest doctor who faces off against a dangerous, diabolical gang led by Mithra (M. N. Nambiar) and Parasuram (Jaishankar) that contaminates common food items with lethal substances and then makes profits by supplying antidotes. Geetha (Madhavi) is Vijay's love interest, while Rekha (Geetha) is his sister.


Tamil version
Malayalam version
Kannada version


All three versions were filmed simultaneously. Jayan was the original lead actor of Garjanam, the Malayalam version. While half the film was shot, he met with an accident while shooting for another film Kolilakkam and succumbed to his injuries. After that, Garjanam was completed with Rajinikanth playing the same character. Some shots of Jayan were added to the film's opening reel before the credits at screenings in Kerala.[2]


Poster of the Malayalam version, Garjanam

Tamil songs[edit]

All songs were written by Kannadasan and Panju Arunachalam and composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Enna Sugamana Ulagam" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Uma Ramanan Panju Arunachalam 4:41
2 "Oru Ooril Oru Maharani" Malaysia Vasudevan Kannadasan 4:27
3 "Kutthum Oosi" Vani Jayaram 4:09
4 "Vanthathu Nallathu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:46
5 "Varuvai Anbe" T. K. S. Kalaivanan, S. Janaki Panju Arunachalam 5:04

Malayalam songs[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and the lyrics were written by Sreekumaran Thampi.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Ente Pularkaalam" S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran Sreekumaran Thampi
2 "Oru Mohathin" S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran Sreekumaran Thampi
3 "Oru Theril" P. Jayachandran, Chorus Sreekumaran Thampi
4 "Pennin Kannil Viriyum" Vani Jairam Sreekumaran Thampi
5 "Thamburaatti Nin Kottaarathil" P. Jayachandran Sreekumaran Thampi
6 "Vannathu Nallathu Nalla Dinam" S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran, Chorus Sreekumaran Thampi

Kannada songs[edit]

1."Bandeya Bandeya"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:46
2."Hithavagidhe"P. Jayachandran, S. Janaki5:02
3."Kanna Minchinda"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:40
4."Nadevaga"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:25
5."Nanna Roopa"Vani Jairam3:49


  1. ^ "Garjanai". cinesouth. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2012). Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin Books. p. 120.
  3. ^ "Garjanai Songs". raaga. Retrieved 6 October 2013.

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