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Manithan poster.jpg
Directed by SP. Muthuraman [1][2]
Produced by M. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written by Panju Arunachalam
Story by V. C. Guhanathan
Starring Rajinikanth
Jai Ganesh
Music by Chandrabose[2]
Cinematography T. S. Vinayagam
Edited by R. Vittal
S. B. Mohan
Distributed by AVM Productions
Release dates
  • 21 October 1987 (1987-10-21) (Tamil)
  • 21 November 1988 (1988-11-21) (Hindi)
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 3 crores

Manithan is a 1987 Indian Tamil language film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth, Rupini (actress), Raghuvaran, Senthil, Delhi Ganesh, Srividya.[1][2] The film received moderate reviews from the critics, however was a blockbuster and completed 175-day run at the box office. It was dubbed in Hindi as Bihari Gunda.The film marks the debut of Rupini in tamil films


The Story of a young man who returns from jail after imprisonment on crime he commits for justice during young age. He comes out and again fights for justice in everyway. This film released along with Kamal hassan starrer and Mani Ratnam directed Nayakan and along with other prominent actor's movies. The story revolves around Raja who grows in Juvenille due to hitting his teacher by table weight for calling him as thief. When his imprisonment years are over, he joins People Welfare Organization in a local community and helps the needy people. In due course, he gets enemies due to his good deeds. The rest of the story how Raja succeeded his enemies and proves the false acclaims on him.



Lyrics for this film were written by Vairamuthu.


  1. ^ a b Manithan (1987), Flixter, retrieved 2008-10-23 
  2. ^ a b c Manithan (1987), Fandango, retrieved 2008-10-23 

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