Moondru Mugam

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Moondru Mugam
Moondru Mugam.jpg
Directed byA. Jagannathan
Produced byThamizhazhagan
G. Thyagarajan
Written byPeter Selvakumar (dialogues)
Screenplay byKanaga Shanmugan
P. L. Sundar Rajan
Ratha Veerannan
Story byPeter Selvakumar
Delhi Ganesh
Thengai Seenivasan
Poornam Viswanathan
Haja Shareef
Silk Smitha
Kamala Kamesh
Music bySankar Ganesh
CinematographyViswam Natarajan
Edited byK. R. Krishnan
Sathya Movies
Distributed bySathya Movies
Release date
1 October 1982
Running time
134 Minutes

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.

The film was remade in Hindi as John Jani Janardhan with Rajinikanth again reprising his roles, in Telugu as Mugguru Monagallu with Sobhan Babu, and in Kannada as Gedda Maga with Shankar Nag.


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.



The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by Sankar Ganesh with lyrics written by Vaali, Muthulingam and Vairamuthu.[2]

No. Title Singer Length
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


This film received the Best actor award (for Rajinikanth) in 1982 from the Tamil Nadu Government.


The character "Alex Pandian" became one of the memorable characters in the career of Rajinikanth.[3] The character's name inspired a 2013 film of same name starring Karthi.[4] The title of the film inspired two series on Polimer TV and Zee Tamil.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Srivatsan (4 November 2016). "Billa to Moondru Mugam: Why remaking Rajinikanth's cult classic is a sin". India Today. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Moondru Mugam (1982)". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Khaki rule in Kollywood". 27 February 2015 – via The Hindu.
  4. ^ "A win-win formula". 10 November 2012 – via The Hindu.
  5. ^ "air supply". 19 February 2012 – via The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Moondru Mugam". 20 August 2010 – via The Hindu.

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