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Garjanai poster.jpg
Poster of Tamil version
Directed byC. V. Rajendran
Written byPanchu Arunachalam (Tamil dialogues)
Produced byRam Kishen
Giridharlal Chand
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byR. G. Gopu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Hem Nag Films
Release dates
  • 7 August 1981 (1981-08-07) (Tamil)
  • 14 August 1981 (1981-08-14) (Malayalam)
  • 23 October 1981 (1981-10-23) (Kannada)
Running time
124 minutes

Garjanai (transl. Roar) is a 1981 Indian Tamil-language film directed by C. V. Rajendran starring Rajinikanth and Madhavi . Music was scored by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was simultaneously shot in Malayalam as Garjanam and in Kannada as Garjane. All three versions of the film failed in the box office.[1] Garjanai ran for 52 days in Chennai making it one of Rajinikanth's films which had the shortest run in theatres.


This is about the Tamil version only.

Dr. Vijay is an honest doctor who faces off against a dangerous, diabolical gang led by Dr. Mithra and Parasuram that contaminates common food items with lethal substances and then makes profits by supplying antidotes. Geetha is Vijay's love interest, while Rekha 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][3] During the filming of another fight sequence, a stuntman suffered a gash after punching glass, leading to hospitalisation.[4]


1."Oru Ooril"KannadasanMalaysia Vasudevan4:27
2."Enna Sugamana"Panchu ArunachalamMalaysia Vasudevan, Uma Ramanan4:41
3."Kuththum Oosi"KannadasanVani Jairam4:09
4."Vanthathu Nallathu"KannadasanS. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:46
5."Varuvai Anbe"Panchu ArunachalamT. K. S. Kalaivanan, S. Janaki5:04

All lyrics are written by Sreekumaran Thampi.

1."Ente Pularkaalam"S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran 
2."Oru Mohathin"S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran 
3."Oru Theril"P. Jayachandran, Chorus 
4."Pennin Kannil Viriyum"Vani Jairam 
5."Thamburaatti Nin Kottaarathil"P. Jayachandran 
6."Vannathu Nallathu Nalla Dinam"S. Janaki, P. Jayachandran, Chorus 
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


Sindhu and Jeeva, negatively reviewing the film for Kalki, called it a meow rather than the roar that the film's title translates to.[8]


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  8. ^ சிந்து; ஜீவா (30 August 1981). "கர்ஜனை". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 48. Archived from the original on 24 February 2023. Retrieved 24 February 2023.

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