Kazhugu (1981 film)

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Kazhugu
Kazhugu.jpg
Poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Written byPanchu Arunachalam
Produced byMeena Panju Arunachalam
StarringRajinikanth
Rati Agnihotri
Sumalatha
CinematographyBabu
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
P. A. Art Productions
Release date
  • 6 March 1981 (1981-03-06)
Running time
139 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Kazhugu (transl. Eagle) is a 1981 Indian Tamil language action film directed by S. P. Muthuraman,[1] starring Rajinikanth, Rati Agnihotri and Sumalatha. Upon release, the unconventional story, which revolved around hypnotism and human sacrifice did not go well with the audience and Kazhugu failed in the box office.[2] However it became a cult film among Rajini fans in the 1980s. It is an adaptation of the 1975 American film Race with the Devil.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Satyamoorthy is a wealthy diamond business man and a widower living with his younger brother Raja (Rajinikanth) and two daughters Radha and Chitra. Satyamoorthy is a great devotee of saints and priests trusting all of them to be genuine whereas Raja is a happy go lucky guy just opposite to his brother who does not trust any of them. Satyamoorthy once invites a priest to his home to perform rituals to drive away all evil surrounding his house not knowing that the priest is a fake and member of a robber gang. Satyamoorthy takes him to his treasury room where he had stored his huge wealth and tells him the secret of unlocking his lockers. The fake priest pretends to give a sacred sheet and instructs to place it inside the locker which shall protect the stuffs. As Raja suspected, the priest sends the robbers at night to loot the wealth but Raja wakes up and fights with them and restores the looted property. Raja's repeated attempts to prove that the priest is fake goes vain as Satyamoorthy believes strongly that Raja protected the wealth only because of the divine power of the sacred sheet.

Raja once enters a ladies toilet by mistake and is caught by a girl who screams that Raja has come to misbehave. Raja wants to revenge for her behaviour with him and goes to her father Sivaraman and lies that he is the lover of his daughter Hemavathy (Rati Agnihotri) aka Hema. Sivaraman believes him and stops all of the Hema's outing. Hema gets angry and goes to Raja to reveal the truth to her father. Hema explains that once a man came into the ladies toilet and tried to rape her and that is the reason for the behaviour with him that day. Understanding Hema's situation Raja tells the truth to Sivaraman. This brings Raja and Hema together and both fall in love and marry.

As their marriage gift, Satyamoorthy gifts his brother a recreational vehicle for his honeymoon. Raja and Hema set for their honeymoon with Raja's friends. After some days, Raja and his crew set a camp in a place near a small village. They get help and assistance from an innocent village girl Vasanthi (Vanitha Krishnachandran), a vegetable seller. Fews days later at a night Raja's group hears a drum sound. Raja and his friend follows the sound which ends in a sacrificial ground and sacrifice of Vasanthi by a group of people. Raja screams on seeing Vasanthi being beheaded and alerts the men. They were chased by the men and Raja escapes with his group from them. Next day Raja goes to police station and gives complaint of the incident. On police investigation, Raja is shocked to hear there was no evidence of the existence of the girl Vasanthi.

Raja's men were further tortured by those men and Raja loses one of his friend. Raja gets into deep investigation and end up at a place of a Rajarishi (Sangili Murugan) who is believed to be great saint. Raja meets his brother and his father-in-law on their to visit of Rajarishi and Raja goes with them. Raja finds that Rajarishi is not a saint but a grand looter and head of the robbery gang who make wealthy people handover the property to him by giving a sacred drink called 'Anandha Rasam' which is actually alcohol mixed stuff. Satyamoorthy's daughter Radha is declared dead by a snake bite. But the girl has not died and made to believe that she has died as she is wanted by Rajarishi for a human sacrificial ritual. Raja follows the Rajarishi's men and finds his niece in an unconscious state obeying whatever Rajarishi say. When Rajarishi is about to behead her Raja rescues her and runs away from the place. Raja is followed by the whole village and Raja escapes in his bus. Finally Raja gets into a great struggle with Rajarishi's men and reveals the truth to everybody. Police finally arrest Rajarishi and his men for their illegal crimes.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Kazhugu was released on 6 March 1981. It opened to mixed reviews as the offbeat theme was not appreciated by fans of Rajinikanth.[2] The movie was declared a flop and ran for less than fifty days in Chennai. Over the years, Kazhugu has gained popularity among movie lovers. In a 2020 interview with a YouTube channel, Y. G. Mahendran who played a supporting character, mentioned that the movie flopped as the theme was ahead of its time.[citation needed] In the book Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography, director S. P. Muthuraman is quoted as saying "We bought a bus and created a caravan that became a character in the film. It was a different film, but the audience really didn't understand it".[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kadhal Ennum Kovil" Soolamangalam Murali Panju Arunachalam 4:37
2 "Oru Poovanathile" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:24
3 "Ponnoviyam Kandenamma" Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki 4:06
4 "Thedum Deivam" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki 4:40
5 Thrill Music Instrumental 3:38

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://kalkionline.com/kalkionline_archive/imagegallery/archiveimages/kalki/1981/mar/29-03-1981/p30.jpg
  2. ^ a b Webdunia. "ரஜினிக்கு 'க' ராசியில்லையா?". tamil.webdunia.com (in Tamil). Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-14-342111-5.
  4. ^ Barkan, Barkan (28 June 2019). "DREAD X: SOMETHING ELSE's Arvind Harinath Picks 10 Intro To Indian Horror Films". Dread Central. Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Kazhugu (1981) (1981)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Kazhugu Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Retrieved 11 October 2021.

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