Naan Mahaan Alla (1984 film)

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Naan Mahaan Alla
Naan Mahaan Alla (1984).jpg
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
Screenplay byA. L. Narayanan
Story bySubhash Ghai
M. N. Nambiar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR.Vittal
Release date
  • 14 January 1984 (1984-01-14)
Running time
138 minutes

Naan Mahaan Alla (transl. I am not a saint) is a 1984 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by S. P. Muthuraman. This film features Rajinikanth, Radha and M. N. Nambiar in the lead roles. It is a remake of the Hindi film Vishwanath (1978).[1].The film was commercially successful, running for more than 100 days at the box office.


Viswanath (Rajinikanth), a famous lawyer, stays with his widowed mother (Vijayakumari) and physically handicapped sister (Uma). He sends Jagan, a rich magnate's son (Sathyaraj) and Lokaiya, two criminals to jail on the charge of rape and murder of an innocent girl. Jagan's father, GMK (M N Nambiar) uses his influence and starts creating trouble in Viswanath's life. GMK succeeds in getting Viswanath imprisoned on a trumped up charge. His heartbroken mother dies. Once out of jail, Viswanath sets out to punish the culprits when he temporarily loses his eyesight.



The film was originally titled Naan Gandhi Alla but, following a court order, was retitled Naan Mahaan Alla.[2][3] As a result, the lead character's final dialogue was changed to match the new title, although the lip syncing to the original dialogue "Naan Gandhi Alla" was not changed.[4]


Music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were penned by Vaali.[5]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Maalai Soodum Vaelai" Vaali S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:28
2. "Um Mele Oru Kannu" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki 4:08
3. "Kalyanam Vaipogum" S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. Janaki 4:29


  1. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-14-342111-5.
  2. ^ "Between Reviews: Sophomore Blues". Baradwaj Rangan. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ "கமல் நடிப்பில் உருவான துரோகி, டாப் டக்கர் படங்கள் என்ன ஆனது என தெரியுமா?". Ananda Vikatan. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ Nambiar, M.N. Dipak (2019). Nambiarswami: The Good, the Bad and the Holy. HarperCollins. pp. 62–63.
  5. ^ Ilaiyaraaja (1984). Naan Mahaan Alla (liner notes) (in Tamil). Echo Records.

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