|Directed by||A. Jagannathan|
|Written by||Peter Selvakumar (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Kanaga Shanmugan|
P. L. Sundar Rajan
|Story by||Peter Selvakumar|
|Music by||Sankar Ganesh|
|Edited by||K. R. Krishnan|
|Distributed by||Sathya Movies|
|1 October 1982|
Moondru Mugam (English: Three Faces) is a 1982 Tamil-language action film directed by A. Jagannathan. The film stars Rajinikanth in three distinct roles as Alex Pandian, Arun and John. The film was a blockbuster and ran for 250 days in theaters. It received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize in 1982.
Arun, the son of a rich businessman Ramanathan, returns to India after 10 years in America, but as a saint. His shocked father enlists a charming press reporter, Rekha, to change him back to normal.
Rekha first sets up an interview, which he thwarts. Later, on the pretense of taking him to a temple, she plans another set up. On the way to the temple, she pretends that the car has broken down and he leaves to roam around a bit when sees a crying child and offers a chocolate. Suddenly he is swarmed by more children and other villagers who confront him of being a child-kidnapper. Using the event, Rekha cuts Arun's beard off, a symbol of piety. After a few more set up events, he renounces his sainthood.
Later, Arun goes to work and is puzzled about why his father has been sending money to a woman named Sagaya Mary for over twenty years.
In a parallel scenario, a man informs Sagaya Mary that someone has proposed to her nephew John. When asked about John's parentage, she opens up about her brother and John's father, Alex Pandian.
A flashback ensues that explains Alex Pandian's story. Alex Pandian is a scrupulous police officer. He is ruthless on criminals and clashes with notorious mob boss, Egambaram. After repeated confrontations, Egambaram fatally stabs him. With his last breath, Alex Pandian vows that he will be reborn to take revenge.
When Alex Pandian dies so does his wife after giving birth to twins. Ramanathan's wife gives birth in the same hospital but the child dies, as with her previous three pregnancies. Sagaya Mary hands over one of Alex Pandian's children to them and he is christened Arun, while she raises the other child, John.
On Arun's 25th birthday party he gets a divine epiphany that makes him realise he is the reincarnation of Alex Pandian. He is asked to meet a woman named Asha at a hotel but it proves to be a set up. In the ensuing battle for survival, he kills the attacker and goes to jail. He comes to court to reveal the truth when suddenly a man claiming to be Alex Pandian shows up and says that he is not in fact dead but had been in Sri Lanka the whole time. The man posing to be Alex Pandian is in fact Arun's twin, John. Unknown to Arun, he is working with Egambaram, the man who murdered his father.
Later, Arun says he concocted the fact that he was an incarnation of Alex Pandian to draw the killers out. Soon, John finds the truth about Alex Pandian and Arun and fights to save his brother. However, John is fatally wounded by Egambaram who he eventually kills and throws into the sea, the same way his father was killed. The film ends with Arun and Rekha getting married.
- Rajinikanth as Arun, John and Alex Pandian
- Raadhika as Rekha
- Sathyaraj as Dhadi
- Senthamarai (a) Amber
- Thengai Srinivasan as Ramanathan
- Silk Smitha as Asha
- Rajalakshmi as Sheela
- Kamala Kamesh as Sagaya Mary
- Sangili Murugan as Gopal
- V. Gopalakrishnan as Commissioner of police
- Poornam Viswanathan as Judge
- Delhi Ganesh as Seeni
- C.R.Parthibhan as D.I.G
- Charuhasan as Acharya swamiji (Guest Appearance)
- Ennatha Kannaiya as Uncle of arun
- Ganthimathi as Gajalakshmi
- Loose Mohan as Drunker
- Idichapuli Selvaraj as Drunker
- Haja Shareef as Mani
|1||"Devamrutham"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam||05:23|
|2||"Aasaiulla Roshakara"||Vani Jairam||03:53|
|3||"Naan Seitha Kurumbu"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||04:26|
|4||"Yethanaiyo"||Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki||04:56|
The character "Alex Pandian" became one of the memorable characters in the career of Rajinikanth. The character's name inspired a 2013 film of same name starring Karthi. The title of the film inspired two series on Polimer TV and Zee Tamil.
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