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Nadigan poster.jpg
Directed byP. Vasu
Screenplay byP. Vasu
Based onProfessor
Produced byM. Ramanathan
CinematographyAshok Kumar
Edited byP. Mohan Raj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Raj Films International
Release date
  • 30 November 1990 (1990-11-30)

Nadigan (transl. Actor) is a 1990 Indian Tamil-language comedy thriller film written directed by P. Vasu. A remake of the Hindi film Professor (1962), it stars Sathyaraj and Khushbu. The film was released on 30 November 1990 and became a success, winning four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.


Raja's mother requires a major operation to be done. However, due to poverty, Raja decides to look for a job in Ooty. While travelling on a train with his mother to Ooty, he meets Devaraj, who is actually a music teacher travelling to island estate – Ooty for a 3,000 (equivalent to 25,000 or US$310 in 2020) monthly waged job. He carries with him a recommendation letter with a contact address. while alighting, the suitcases which resembles the same of Raja and Devaraj, interchange. So by mistake, Raja takes away the suitcase. When reaching their room, he finds the letter, and due to the critical situation of his mother, he decides to take the job. So he joins the job, first changing himself as an old man by sticking a beard and white hair. There, he finds Baby Amma, the guardian of two young women and two children. He is put in to look after them as a guardian and teacher. Meanwhile, Raja's mother is in critical condition. What transpires form the crux of the story.



Nadigan is a remake of the Hindi film Professor (1962).[2] Although the story is set primarily in Ooty, the film was shot in Kodaikanal.[3]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4]

1."Aattama Paattama"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:52
2."Deva Malligai"PulamaipithanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki04:45
3."Vela Vanthu"VaaliMalaysia Vasudevan04:47
4."Enge Nimmathi"IlaiyaraajaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:51
5."Adi Veluthu"VaaliK. S. Chithra, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:04
Total length:29:24

Release and reception[edit]

Nadigan was released on 30 November 1990.[5] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express praised Sathyaraj's acting and Ashok Kumar's cinematography.[6] C. R. K. of Kalki praised the film's humour, music and cinematography.[7] The film was a success, running for over 100 days in theatres.[8] It won the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Dialogue Writer (Vasu), Special Award for Best Actor (Sathyaraj), Best Art Director (Salam) and Best Stunt Director (Vikram Dharma).[9]


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  2. ^ Chatterji, Shoma A (19 October 2017). "Lekh Tandon". Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Sibiraj recollects the shooting of Nadigan as the film marks its 3oth anniversary". The Times of India. 30 November 2020. Archived from the original on 16 January 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Nadigan Tamil film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 4 September 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  5. ^ "'நடிகன்' வெளியாகி 30 ஆண்டுகள் நிறைவு: சிபிராஜ் நெகிழ்ச்சி". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). 30 November 2020. Archived from the original on 30 November 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Nadigan". The Indian Express. 30 November 1990. p. 7. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  7. ^ சி.ஆர்.கே. (16 December 1990). "நடிகன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 21. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  8. ^ "32 வருடங்களை நிறைவு செய்த சத்யராஜின் நடிகன்!". News18 (in Tamil). 1 December 2022. Archived from the original on 2 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Chinnathambi bags six awards". The Indian Express. 30 October 1992. p. 3. Retrieved 14 February 2021.

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