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

Nadigan (lit. 'Actor') is a 1990 Tamil language comedy film directed by P. Vasu. The film stars Sathyaraj in the lead role, paired with Khushbu. The film released with largely positive reviews and was declared a blockbuster. The film was a remake of the Hindi film Professor (1962).[2]

Malayalam actors Prathapachandran and Ramu played the villains.


The story opens as Raja's (Sathyaraj) 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 (Venniradai Moorthy), who is actually a music teacher travelling to island estate – Ooty for a 3000 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 (Manorama), who was the guardian of two young women and two children. He was 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.



Music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Tracklist — Tamil Version[4]
1."Aadippattam Thedi"VaaliMano, K. S. Chitra05:05
2."Aattama"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:52
3."Deva Malligai"PulamaipithanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki04:45
4."Vela Vanthu"VaaliMalaysia Vasudevan04:47
5."Enge Nimmathi"IlaiyaraajaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam04:51
6."Adi Veluthu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra05:04
Total length:29:24

Critical reception[edit]

N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express praised Sathyaraj's acting and Ashok Kumar's cinematography.[5] The film ran more than 175 days in Chennai and 100 days across major cities in Tamil Nadu. It was a box office blockbuster.


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  2. ^ Chatterji, Shoma A (19 October 2017). "Lekh Tandon". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ Yamunan, Sruthisagar (12 October 2015). "When the camera rolled, she lived the character'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Nadigan Tracklist". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
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