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Malaiyoor Mambattiyan

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Malaiyoor Mambattiyan
Directed byRajasekhar
Screenplay byRajasekhar
Story byRaghavan Thambi
Produced bySiva. Ramadoss
W. S. Sivashankar
K. M. Ravi
K. Muthukumaran
Silk Smitha
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Sri Devi Bagavathy Films
Release date
  • 1 July 1983 (1983-07-01)
Running time
135 minutes

Malaiyoor Mambattiyan (transl. Man with shovel from Malaiyoor) is 1983 Indian Tamil-language vigilante action film directed by Rajasekhar, starring Thiagarajan, Saritha and Silk Smitha. It was released on 1 July 1983.[1] The film became a blockbuster and established Thiagarajan as a star.[2] It was remade in Hindi by the same director as Gangvaa (1984)[3] and in Telugu as Kondaveeti Nagulu (1984). In 2011, Thiagarajan remade the film starring his son Prashanth, titled as Mambattiyan.[4]



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.





Thiagarajan was inspired to make a film on the bandit Malaiyoor Mambattiyan after he heard a folk song praising Mambattiyan for helping the people in Malaiyoor village and hailing him as a real-life Robin Hood.[6]



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7][8] The songs "Chinnai Ponnu Selai" and "Kaattu Vazhi" were well received and later reused in its 2011 remake.[4]

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.[9]


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  2. ^ "A mastermind at work". The Hindu. 1 February 2017. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  3. ^ Us Salam, Ziya (21 December 2012). "Superstar Chronicles". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "The story behind Mambattiyan". The Times of India. 25 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 August 2023. Retrieved 24 August 2023.
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  8. ^ "Malaiyur Mambattiyan". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 26 October 2023. Retrieved 26 October 2023.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (31 July 1983). "மலையூர் மம்பட்டியான்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 9. Archived from the original on 14 March 2023. Retrieved 14 March 2023 – via Internet Archive.