Mappillai (1989 film)

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Film poster
Directed byRajasekhar
Produced byAllu Aravind
Written byPanju Arunachalam
Screenplay byPanju Arunachalam
Story byGeetha Arts Story Department
Based onAttaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (Telugu)
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Cinematographyj.v suresh
Edited byM. Vellaisamy
Distributed byPyramid Movies
Release date
28 October 1989
Budget50 crore

Mappillai (English: Son-in-law) is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film directed by Rajasekhar, starring Rajinikanth, Srividya and Amala in lead roles. It is a remake of Telugu film Attaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu,[1] the Tamil version was produced by Geetha Arts, and Chiranjeevi who played the lead role in the original Telugu version made a special appearance in this film. The film opened to positive response from the public and ran for 150 days and declared blockbuster at box-office. The film was remade again in Tamil with the same title, after 22 years in 2011.


Arumugam makes a blazing entrance, gatecrashing a marriage to abduct the bride. Geetha, the bride's friend, gets him arrested but then learns that he had rescued the girl from a forced marriage. Further revelations about him that he is a gold medalist and has a good heart make her fall in love with him. After some convincing, Aarumugam reciprocates too. Meanwhile, Aarumugam's sister is in love with the son of a rich woman Rajarajeswari. When Rajarajeswari learns of this, she foists a false case on her and puts her in jail. It is then that Aarumugam has his first encounter with Rajarajeswari. He then learns that she is none other than Geetha's mother. He also invites Geetha's mother Rajarajeswari to his marriage. Since Aarumugam has married Geetha against her mother's wishes, Rajarajeswari vows to separate them. In contrast, Arumugam promises to prevent that and make Rajarajeswari understand that love and affection are more important than money.



Initially the pivotal role of Rajinikanth's mother-in-law was offered to Vyjayanthimala. But she refused the role after which it was offered to Srividya.[2]


Soundtrack album by
LabelOriental Records
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal

The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

1."Ennathaan Sugamo"Panju ArunachalamS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:26
2."Ennoda Raasi"Gangai AmaranMalaysia Vasudevan4:22
3."Maanin Iru Kangal"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:27
4."Unai Thaan Nitham"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:17
5."Veru Velai Unakku"PiraisoodanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:30
Total length:22:02


  1. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2012). Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 114. ISBN 978-81-8475-796-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Chakra (24 April 2010). "Vaijayanthimala refuses Rajini Maappillai film". Filmibeat (in Tamil). Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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