Honest Raj

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Honest Raj
Honest Raj.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. S. Ravi
Produced byG. Thyagarajan
Written byM. S. Madhu (Dialogues)
Screenplay byK. S. Ravi
Story byK. S. Ravi
Starring
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byG. R. Anil Malnad
Production
company
Release date
14 April 1994[1]
Running time
140 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Honest Raj is a 1994 Tamil language action thriller film directed by K. S. Ravi. The film features Vijayakanth, Gouthami and Aamani in lead roles, while Devan, Manorama, Senthil, Vijayakumar, and Nizhalgal Ravi play supporting roles. It marked the debut of Ravi K. Chandran in Tamil cinema. The film, produced by G. Thyagarajan, had music composed by Ilaiyaraaja released to positive reviews on 14 April 1994. It was dubbed in Telugu as Police Commando.[2] The film's title is taken from Vijayakanth's earlier film, Pulan Visaranai (1990). The film was remade in Hindi as Rakshak (1996) with Sunil Shetty playing the lead role and Raghuvaran playing the villain.

Plot[edit]

"Honest" Raj (Vijayakanth), a police officer in a coma for four years, wakes up suddenly. Abhinaya (Gouthami), a newly appointed doctor, saves him from a killer with the help of Raj's assistant Velu (Senthil).

In the past, Raj lived with his mother Maragatham (Manorama) and took the IPS exam. They shifted to their relative's house in a village. Pushpa (Aamani), a village girl, fell in love with Raj. Raj's best friend Bharatha (Devan) attempted to suicide after his father's creditors pressured him. Raj saved him, and Bharatha lent his printing press company to Pazhani. Raj and Pushpa got married, and he passed the IPS exam successfully. Bharatha found counterfeit money in his factory and started an illegal business with Pazhani. Bharatha then became rich and killed his partners.

Raj came back with his mother, wife, and son Babloo to see Bharatha. Raj found an illegal business thanks to Kesavan (Nizhalgal Ravi), a former henchman of Bharatha. Even though Bharatha was his best friend, Raj tried to arrest him. Bharatha soon killed his wife and mother. To save at least Babloo, Raj was hurt by bullets and lapsed into a coma. Gopalakrishnan (Vijayakumar), a veteran police officer, took care of Babloo.

Raj decides to take revenge and punish the culprit. Bharatha kidnaps Babloo and threatens to kill him. Raj saves Babloo; kills Bharatha, who does not want to surrender; and marries Abhinaya.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Soundtrack[edit]

Honest Raj
Soundtrack album by
Released1994
Recorded1994
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length26:07
ProducerIlaiyaraaja

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1994, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Vaali.[3][4][5]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration
1 'Katuren Katuren' S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:50
2 'Izuthu Potheena' Mano, Swarnalatha 4:45
3 'Katti Pudikkattma' Janaki 5:42
4 'Vanil Vidivelli' Mano, Janaki 5:48
5 'Day by Day' Viji Thomas 5:14

Awards[edit]

Reception[edit]

The Indian Express wrote "Ravi's tightly knit screenplay and deft handling [..] give an added dimension to the characters and make the film engrossing."[6] New Straits Times wrote "Ravi's use of flashbacks and his treatment of the story lift this movie from ordinary and prevent it from turning dreary".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=P9oYG7HA76QC&dat=19940414&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsA4AzeQYkk
  3. ^ "Find Tamil Movie Honest Raj". jointscene.com. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Honest Raj - Illayaraja". thiraipaadal.com. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Honest Raj Songs". raaga.com. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=P9oYG7HA76QC&dat=19940415&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
  7. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=x8G803Bi31IC&dat=19940514&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

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