Mappillai (1989 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Rajasekhar
Produced by Allu Aravind
Written by Panju Arunachalam
Screenplay by Panju Arunachalam
Story by Geetha Arts Story Department
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography V. Ranga
Edited by M. Vellaisamy
Distributed by Pyramid Movies
Release date
28 October 1989
Country India
Language Tamil

Mappillai (English: Son-in-law) is a 1989 Tamil action comedy film directed by Rajasekhar starring Rajinikanth and Amala in lead roles. It is a remake of Telugu film Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu, 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 200 days.[1] The film was remade again in Tamil with the same title, after 22 years in 2011.


Aarumugam 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. At that time he calls his friend (played by Chiranjeevi) and tells him that during his marriage there are goons who will try to stop it. He requests Chiranjeevi to look after the rowdies and he comes, fights off the goons, attends the marriage and goes. Since Aarumugam has married Geetha against her mother's wishes, Rajarajeswari vows to separate them while Aarumugam vows 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]


The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Ennathaan Sugamo S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Panju Arunachalam 04:26
2 Ennoda Raasi Malaysia Vasudevan Gangai Amaran 04:22
3 Maanin Iru Kangal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 04:27
4 Unai Thaan Nitham S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 04:17
5 Veru Velai Unakku S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Piraisoodan 04:30


  1. ^ "Mapillai". The Hindu. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Mappillai Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2013-02-11.