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Maaveeran poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRajasekhar
Screenplay byRajasekhar
Story byPrayag Raaj
Produced byG. Hanumantha Rao
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byKothagiri Gopalrao
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)
Running time
157 minutes

Maaveeran (transl. Great Warrior) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by Rajasekhar. A remake of the 1985 Hindi film Mard, it stars Rajinikanth, Ambika and Jaishankar. The film revolves around a rude princess, who falls in love with a simpleton after initially being hostile towards him.

Maaveeran was the first in Tamil to be shot in 70 mm film format, and have a six-track stereophonic sound. It was released on 1 November 1986, Diwali day, and became a critical and commercial failure.




Maaveeran is a remake of Manmohan Desai's 1985 Hindi film Mard, and even used some footage from that film.[1] It was shot in the expensive 70 mm film format, becoming the first Tamil film to do so.[2][3] Sivaji Ganesan was initially attached to star in the film, but later opted out.[4] The film was prominently shot in Mysore, including the Mysore Palace.[5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6][7] He composed a six-track stereophonic sound, making Maaveeran the first film to achieve this feat.[8]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Ammaa Ammaa" Malaysia Vasudevan Vaali 04:22
"Ezhugave" Malaysia Vasudevan Vairamuthu 04:28
"Hey Maina" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra Gangai Amaran 04:26
"Nee Koduththatha" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra Vaali 07:01
"Sokku Podi" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra Gangai Amaran 04:37
"Vaangada Vaanga" Malaysia Vasudevan Gangai Amaran 04:23

Release and reception[edit]

Maaveeran was released on 1 November 1986, Diwali day,[9] and faced heavy competition from Punnagai Mannan, Aruvadai Naal and Palaivana Rojakkal.[8] The Indian Express wrote on 7 November 1986, "The film makes its way through sadism and violence, damning sentiment, religion and righteousness by its downright exploitativeness. Its corny cliches are almost sickening".[10] The film emerged a critical and commercial failure;[11] according to Rajinikanth's biographer Naman Ramachandran, the combination of Punnagai Mannan's director K. Balachander, lead actor Kamal Haasan, lead actress Revathi and the soundtrack by Ilaiyaraaja "proved too much for Maaveeran, and its audience was restricted to hard-core Rajinikanth fans".[12] Jayamanmadhan of Kalki wrote ."Even though couple of songs are average, the cinematography being an consolation, [..] despite using new techniques for fight scenes [..] Because of a plot which confuses and goes around aimlessly, it has almost become like a vomit after delicious products and pouring so much of money"[13]


  1. ^ Ramachandran 2012, p. 111.
  2. ^ "The Tamil Film in 100 years of Indian Cinema". Madras Musings. 1–15 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  3. ^ Baskaran, S. Theodore (1996). The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema. Chennai: East West Books. p. 223. OCLC 243920437.
  4. ^ "மாவீரன் - சிவாஜிகணேசன் விலகியது ஏன் ?" [Maaveeran – Why did Sivaji Ganesan quit?]. Screen4Screen (in Tamil). 30 March 2022. Archived from the original on 3 October 2022. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  5. ^ பாரதி, திரை (27 August 2022). "ஆறிலிருந்து எழுபது வரை: ரஜினி சரிதம் - 75". Kamadenu (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 17 September 2022. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Maaveeran (Old) (1986)". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Maaveeran Tamil Film LP Vinyl LP Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 4 August 2022. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Rajinikanth turns 67: More than moondru mugam". The New Indian Express. 11 December 2017. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Maaveeran". The Indian Express. 1 November 1986. p. 7. Archived from the original on 31 January 2021. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Rajini's Raj". The Indian Express. 7 November 1986. p. 14. Archived from the original on 4 August 2022. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Rajinikanth's 10 Biggest FLOPS". 28 May 2014. Archived from the original on 6 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  12. ^ Ramachandran 2012, p. 112.
  13. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (23 November 1986). "மாவீரன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 11. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2021.


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