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Directed bySuresh Krishna
Written byKalaignar M. Karunanidhi
Based onThe Mother
by Maxim Gorky
Produced byS. Martin
StarringPa. Vijay
Meera Jasmine
Remya Nambeeshan
Khushbu Sundar
CinematographyB. L. Sanjay
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Music byVidyasagar
Distributed byMartin Productions
Release date
  • 14 January 2011 (2011-01-14)
Budget 20 crores [1]

Ilaignan (pronunciation; transl. Youth) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language historical action film directed by Suresh Krissna, who directs his 50th film, and written by DMK Chief and the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi, his 75th film and based on the 1906 Russian novel, The Mother, by Maxim Gorky.[2]


Karky (Pa. Vijay) is the son of Arokkyasami (Nassar), who wants to win freedom of his people from the shipbuilding owner Rajanayagam (Suman) and his wife Sena (Namitha). Meera (Meera Jasmine) is Rajanayagam's sister. She is a very kindhearted woman who helps Karky. With Meera's help, Karky starts a war against Rajanayagam. Rajayanagam is not only cruel and stone-hearted, but also very cunning and a big fraud. He and his wife play a cunning game and cheat Karky. Karky's mother Valliammai (Khushbu) is initially reluctant to wage war against evil openly as she is afraid of bloodshed. She wanted all workers to live and not die. Rajanayagam crosses all the levels of cruelty. There is no way the situation can be handled peacefully, so Valliammai asks Karky to open a full-fledged war against evil. Then the final war starts between good and evil in which good wins over evil.



Soundtrack album by
Released15 January 2011
GenreWorld Music
Vidyasagar chronology

The soundtrack has 5 songs composed by Vidyasagar and lyrics written by Pa. Vijay.[3]


Sify wrote "The film is made like an old fashioned steamy tear jerker where good triumphs over evil in the last reel. Characters and milieu look early 20th century, they speak loudly as though they are on a stage without mikes".[4] The Times of India wrote "It is very obvious that a lot of money has been pumped into the venture, but the archaic writing and hackneyed situations never allow ‘Ilaignan’ to grow among the audience and bloom into youth".[5] The New Indian Express wrote "'Illaignan' is neither a seriously meaningful film, nor an engrossing commercial entertainer although the script boasts of a good potential".[6]


  1. ^ "'Thai Kaviyam' is now big budget 'Ilaignan'". IndiaGlitz. 19 March 2010. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010.
  2. ^ "CM to launch 'Ilaignan'". IndiaGlitz. 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. ^ Ilaignan.
  4. ^ Ilaignan Review
  5. ^ Ilaignan Movie Review. The Times of India.
  6. ^ Ilaignan Review. New Indian Express.

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