Manithan (1987 film)

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Manithan poster.jpg
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byM. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written byPanju Arunachalam
Story byV. C. Guhanathan
Jai Ganesh
Music byChandrabose
CinematographyT. S. Vinayagam
Edited byR. Vittal
S. B. Mohan
Distributed byAVM Productions
Release date
21 October 1987
Box office4.2 crore

Manithan (English : Mankind) is a 1987 Indian Tamil language film directed by S. P. Muthuraman[1][2], starring Rajinikanth, Rubini, Raghuvaran, Senthil, Delhi Ganesh and Srividya.[1][2] The film received moderate reviews from the critics, however, it was blockbuster hit at the box office. It was dubbed in Telugu as Prabhanjanam.[3] It was released along with Nayakan.Despite facing competition from Nayakan and it ran for 175 day run at Bala Abirami theater.


The story revolves around Raja, who grows up in juvenile detention due to hitting his teacher by a table weight for falsely calling him a thief due to the only reason he was born on a New Moon Day. He was born to a superstitious father who believes that a person born on a New Moon Day will surely turn criminal. 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 forms on how Raja succeeds over his enemies and disproves the false claims on him and the superstitions and prejudice that surrounded him.



The music was composed by Chandrabose and all songs were chartbusters during the time of release. Lyrics for this film were written by Vairamuthu.[4] Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu talks about Vanaththaip Parthen Songs (மனிதன்) for the use of the name of the English naturalist Darwin in the text.

Studio album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAVM Audio
No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kaalai Kaalai"[5] S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. P. Sailaja Vairamuthu 04:23
2 "Manithan Manithan"[6][7] Malaysia Vasudevan 04:24
3 "Muthu Muthu Pennai" Vani Jairam 04:19
4 "Vanaththai Parthen"[8] S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:32
5 "Vanaththai Parthen" (Sad) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vanitha and Kovai Murali 05:20
6 "Yedho Nadakkirathu" K. J. Yesudas and K. S. Chitra 04:44
7 "Vanaththai Parthen" S.P.Balasubramaniam 04:32


The film was screened alongside other films of Rajinikanth like Murattu Kaalai, Pokkiri Raja, Paayum Puli at Albert theatre, on the occasion of his birthday on 12 December 2012.[9]. It was released with Nayakan.Despite Facing competition From Nayakan It ran for 175 days and emerged silver jubilee film.During it release it became second highest grosser in 1987 behind Nayakan.


The film's title inspired that of a 2016 film directed by I. Ahmed and starring Udhayanidhi Stalin.[10]


  1. ^ a b Manithan (1987), Flixter, retrieved 23 October 2008
  2. ^ a b Manithan (1987), Fandango, retrieved 23 October 2008
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  4. ^ Manithan Soundtrack at Raaga
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