Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985 film)

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Naan Sigappu Manithan
Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985).jpg
Film poster
Directed byS. A. Chandrasekhar
Screenplay byS. A. Chandrasekhar
Based onAaj Ki Awaaz
Produced byA. Poorna Chandra Rao
StarringRajinikanth
K. Bhagyaraj
Ambika
CinematographyM. Kesavan
Edited byP. R. Gautham Raju
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Production
company
Lakshmi Productions
Release date
  • 12 April 1985 (1985-04-12)
Running time
147 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Naan Sigappu Manithan (transl. I am a Red Man) is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar. The film stars Rajinikanth, K. Bhagyaraj and Ambika, with music by Ilaiyaraaja. It was a commercial success at the box office. The film is a remake of 1984 Hindi film Aaj Ki Awaaz.[1][2] Vijay played a child artist role in this film.[3]

Plot[edit]

Vijay (Rajinikanth) is a Tamil professor living with his widowed mother and his sister. He is in love with Uma (Ambika), a lawyer. During a visit to his friend Ravi's (Nizhalgal Ravi) house, he is disgusted by the goings-on in his neighbourhood. Illicit liquor is being sold at a tea-stall while prostitution is flourishing in another house in the same colony. But his complaints to the police, yield nothing since the policeman is on the villains' payroll and manages to warn them before making a raid. When Ravi's sister is raped and killed, and the perpetrator Mohanraj (Sathyaraj) gets off scot-free with help from a minister, Vijay and Ravi take matters into their own hands and clean up the tea-stall and brothel on their own. Wanting to teach Vijay a lesson, Mohanraj and his goondas rape his sister (who then commits suicide) and kill his mother. Vijay then turns into a vigilante, walking the streets at nights and dealing out his own brand of justice – shoot first and ask questions later – to the rowdies and goondas. He soon becomes known as Robin Hood, helper of the poor, and the police sends Singaaram (Bhagyaraj), a CID officer, to unmask Robin Hood. Vijay kills Mohanraj and his uncle. Now Vijay surrenders to Singaram, revealing the truth, but Singaram mentions that he has already found the truth and decided not to arrest Vijay as he cleans up the society. But Vijay feels guilty for his murders and surrenders to the police. Uma appears in court in favour of Vijay and argues. The day before the judgment, Singaram masks as a criminal and tries to molest the judge's daughter, seeing which the judge tries to shoot the criminal. Now Singaram reveals his identity and mentions that his intention was to make the judge understand that Vijay was also under a similar situation before. Finally, the judge sentences Vijay for lifetime imprisonment but recommends to the president of India for granting a pardon.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Though Rajinikanth stopped working in "double-hero" films by the mid-1980s, he accepted to work on this film, which had Bhagyaraj in another leading role, "without any alterations" to the script.[4]

Themes[edit]

Writing for Jump Cut, Kumuthan Maderya noted Naan Sigappu Manithan's similarities to the American film Death Wish (1974) and its sequel Death Wish II (1982). According to him, one factor that differentiates Naan Sigappu Manithan from those films is the "unleashing of nationalist angst in a climactic courtroom drama scene".[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6]

No. Title Singer(s) Lyrics Length
1 "Ellarumey Thirudangathan" Ilaiyaraaja Vaali 04:09
2 "Gandhi Desamey" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vairamuthu 04:32
3 "Kungumathu Meni" S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 04:30
4 "Penn Maaney" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Mu. Metha 04:32
5 "Venmegam Vinnil" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan 04:47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin Books. p. 110. ISBN 978-81-8475-796-5.
  2. ^ NFAI [@NFAIOfficial] (25 December 2019). "#Remake S.A. Chandrasekharan's popular #Tamil action drama Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985) was a remake of Ravi Chopra's Aaj Ki Awaaz (1984)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Vijay in Rajnikanth film remake". The Indian Express. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  4. ^ Darshan, Navein (10 March 2020). "Sense of a Scene: Naan Sigappu Manithan-Professor by day, protector at night". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  5. ^ Maderya, Kumuthan (2010). "Rage against the state: historicizing the "angry young man" in Tamil cinema". Jump Cut. Archived from the original on 4 September 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Naan Sigappu Manidhan (1985)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.

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