Indira (film)

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Directed by Suhasini Maniratnam
Produced by G. Venkateswaran
Written by Suhasini Maniratnam
(Story & Dialogue)
Screenplay by Suhasini Maniratnam
Mani Ratnam
Starring Anu Hasan
Arvind Swamy
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
Edited by
Distributed by Aalayam Productions
Release date
11 May 1995
Running time
137 mins
Language Tamil

Indira is a 1995 Tamil film co-written and directed by Suhasini Manirathnam. It features Anu Hasan in the title role, with Arvind Swamy, Radharavi and Nassar playing other supporting roles. A. R. Rahman composed the film's score and soundtrack, while Santosh Sivan handled the film's cinematography.[1][2]


The film revolves around a group of villagers from Maranur, India, and their clash with a neighbouring village leader, as their community begins to prosper. Soon money and greed threaten a will for peaceful coexistence between the two rivalling communities. The main theme involves the role of the caste system, and how the younger generation strive to overcome it. The film stars Anu Haasan, cousin of the actress Suhasini, as well as Arvind Swamy and Nassar in lead roles.



Suhasini offered the title role to her cousin Anuradha, daughter of producer Chandrahasan, and the actress has since noted that "it was a heavy subject for a newcomer. But I was moved by the story line and there were occasions when I was overwhelmed with emotion. Not once did I use glycerine for tearful scenes".[3] V. Priya worked as an assistant director during the making of the film.[4]


Indira was later dubbed and released in Hindi as Priyanka. The film won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, winning Santosh Sivan the award for Best Cinematographer as well as a Special Jury Award for the film itself.[5] The film however remains the only feature film that Suhasini has directed in her career.[6]


Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1995
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Pyramid
Lahari Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology

Tamil track list

All lyrics written by Vairamuthu; all music composed by A. R. Rahman.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Nila Kaikiradhu" Harini 3:22
2. "Nila Kaikiradhu" Hariharan 4:20
3. "Odakara Marimuthu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram 4:16
4. "Ini Achcham Achcham Illai" Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram, G. V. Prakash, Shweta Mohan, Esther 5:17
5. "Thoda Thoda Malarndhadhenna" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 5:07
6. "Munnerudhan" T. L. Maharajan, Swarnalatha 2:02

Hindi track list

All lyrics written by P. K. Mishra; all music composed by A. R. Rahman. Hariharan sang the song "Thoda Thoda Pyar"(hindi version of "Thoda Thoda Malarndhadhenna") originally. But S. P. Balasubrahmanyam who sang the original Tamil version was extremely moved by the tune and wanted to sing the Hindi version also..

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Khili Chandni Hame" Harini 3:22
2. "Kili Chandni Hame" Hariharan 4:20
3. "Koi Yahan Roopamti" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mano 4:16
4. "Yeh Jaati Paati Kaisi" Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram, G. V. Prakash, Shweta Mohan, Aditya Narayan 5:17
5. "Thoda Thoda Pyar" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 5:07
6. "Barasnewali Hai Barkha" Mano, Swarnalatha 2:02
7. "Koi Yaha Bhanumati Koi Yaha Roopmati" Udit Narayan, Mano 4:16


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