Malaiyoor Mambattiyan

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Malaiyoor Mambattiyan
Malaiyoor Mambattiyan.jpg
Directed byRajasekhar
Written byRajasekhar
Story byRaghavan Thambi
Produced bySiva. Ramadoss
W. S. Sivashankar
K. M. Ravi
K. Muthukumaran
Silk Smita
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Sri Devi Bagavathy Films
Release date
  • 1983 (1983)
Running time
135 minutes

Malaiyoor Mambattiyan (transl. Man with shovel from Malaiyoor) is 1983 Indian Tamil-language vigilante film directed by Rajasekhar, starring Thiagarajan, Saritha and Silk Smita. The film became a blockbuster and established Thigarajan as a star.[1] The film was remade in Hindi by Rajasekhar himself as Gangvaa (1984).[2] In 2011, Thiagarajan remade this film with his son Prashanth, titled as Mambattiyan.[3]


There is a group of youngsters in the village headed by Mambattiyan, who lead life in a forest by robbing the rich and distributing the wealth to the poor thus Mambattiyana becomes the local Robin Hood.



Thiagarajan was inspired to make a film on the bandit after he got to hear folk song praising the man for helping the village and hailed as "true Robin Hood".[5]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6] The songs "Chinnai Ponnu Selai" and "Kaattu Vazhi" were well received and later reused in its 2011 remake.[3]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Aaduthadi" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. P. Sailaja Vaali 04:39
"Chinna Ponnu Selai" Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:11
"Kaattu Vazhi Pogum" Ilaiyaraaja 03:41
"Vellarikka" Gangai Amaran, S. P. Sailaja Gangai Amaran 04:57


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki praised the performances of cast, cinematography, music, stunt choreography and direction.[7]


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  2. ^ Us Salam, Ziya (21 December 2012). "Superstar Chronicles". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mambattiyan – Chennai". The Hindu. 8 December 2011. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  4. ^ Maderya, Kumuthan (2010). "Rage against the state: historicizing the "angry young man" in Tamil cinema". Jump Cut. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  5. ^ "The story behind Mambattiyan". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Malayoor Mambattian (1983)". Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  7. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (31 July 1983). "மலையூர் மம்பட்டியான்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 9. Archived from the original on 14 March 2023. Retrieved 14 March 2023.

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