Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985 film)

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Naan Sigappu Manithan
Film poster
Directed byS. A. Chandrasekhar
Screenplay byS. A. Chandrasekhar
Story byShabd Kumar
Based onAaj Ki Awaaz
Produced byA. Poorna Chandra Rao
CinematographyM. Kesavan
Edited byP. R. Gautham Raju
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Lakshmi Productions
Release date
  • 12 April 1985 (1985-04-12)
Running time
147 minutes

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 Hindi film Aaj Ki Awaaz.[1] Vijay played a child artist role in this film.[2]


Vijay is a Tamil professor who lives with his widowed mother and his sister Shanti. During a visit to his friend Ravi's house, Vijay is disgusted by the Illicit liquor and prostitution in the neighborhood and complaints to the police, but they do not pay heed as they are on the corruption's payroll and manages to warn them before making a raid. Ravi's sister is killed and the perpetrator named Mohanraj gets off scot-free with help from a minister. Enraged, Vijay and Ravi take matters into their own hands and clean up the liquor trade and brothel on their own.

Mohanraj and his goons barges into Vijay's house where they kill his mother and assault Shanti, who later commits suicide by jumping from the terrace. Vijay turns into a vigilante, walking the streets at nights and dealing out his own brand of justice, where he soon becomes known as Robin Hood. While CID officer Singaram is assigned to unmask Robin Hood. Vijay kills Mohanraj and his uncle, where he surrenders to Singaram revealing the truth, but Singaram mentions that he had already found the truth and decided not to arrest Vijay as he destroy the "weeds" that are harmful to the society.

However, Vijay feels guilty for his murders and surrenders himself. Vijay's girlfriend Uma appears in court in favour of Vijay and argues. The day before the judgment, Singaram disguise himself and tries to molest the judge's daughter, seeing which the judge tries to shoot him. Singaram reveals his identity and mentions that his intention was to make the judge understand that Vijay was also under a similar situation before. The judge sentences Vijay for lifetime imprisonment, but recommends to the President of India for granting a pardon.



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, and no major alterations were made to the script.[3]


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".[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

Title Singer(s) Lyrics Length
"Ellarumey Thirudangathan" Ilaiyaraaja Vaali 04:09
"Gandhi Desamey" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vairamuthu 04:32
"Kungumathu Meni" S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 04:30
"Penn Maaney" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Mu. Metha 04:32
"Venmegam Vinnil" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Pulamaipithan 04:47


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki said the film would run for Rajinikanth and Bhagyaraj.[7]


  1. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin Books. p. 110. ISBN 978-81-8475-796-5.
  2. ^ Nair, Unni R. (10 June 2010). "Vijay in Rajnikanth film remake". The Indian Express. p. 1. Archived from the original on 22 February 2023. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Naan Sigappu Manidhan (1985)". Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Naan Sigappu Manithan Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 22 February 2023. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  7. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (12 May 1985). "நான் சிகப்பு மனிதன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 61. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 21 February 2023.

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