Nallavanukku Nallavan

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Nallavanukku Nallavan
Nallavanukku Nallavan.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byM. Saravanan
M. Balasubramanian
Screenplay byVisu
Based onDharmaatmudu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Edited byR. Vittal
Release date
  • 22 October 1984 (1984-10-22)
Running time
175 minutes

Nallavanukku Nallavan (transl. Good man for good man) is a 1984 Tamil-language Indian drama film, directed by S. P. Muthuraman and produced by AVM Productions. The film stars Rajnikanth and Raadhika in the lead roles, with Karthik, Thulasi, V. K. Ramasamy, Major Sundarrajan, Y. G. Mahendra and Visu in supporting roles. It is a remake of the 1983 Telugu film Dharmaatmudu. In Nallavanukku Nallavan, an aggressive man is reformed due to an industrialist who eventually leaves him in charge of his business before dying. The industrialist's son believes he swindled his father's business by this and seeks revenge by luring the man's daughter.

Nallavanukku Nallavan was released on 22 October 1984. The film was a commercial success, running for over 150 days in theatres. For his performance, Rajinikanth won numerous awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.


Manickam is an aggressive man. Uma, an orphaned woman, enters his house for safety from criminals who were chasing her. After he saves her from criminals, he learns that she is a missing woman and drops her at her house while refusing the reward. But upon seeing the abusive nature of her uncle Sadasivam and his son Anand, he saves her and they marry. She attempts to reform him. Thanks to police inspector Azhagarswamy and industrialist Gangadharan, she succeeds. Gangadharan becomes bankrupt and plans to close his factory as he is unable to repay his debts. Manickam persuades him to give him a chance to revive it and with hard efforts he repays all debts. As a token of gratitude, Gangadharan gives all his wealth to Manickam before dying.

Several years later, Manickam has been running the factory to everyone's satisfaction; Azhagarsamy is the head of security. Manickam also controls the financial affairs of Gangadharan's family. But Gangadharan's spoilt son Vinod is not on good terms with Manickam, who he believes swindled his father's business. Vinod tries to avenge Manickam by luring his daughter Priya. He brainwashes Priya and marries her, much to the agony of Manickam and Uma, and Priya becomes estranged from her parents. Uma later dies of cardiac arrest. Manickam donates all his wealth and properties to Vinod, and tells him that he did not swindle his father's business. Sadasivam and Anand later try to kill Vinod so that they can usurp his wealth. Upon learning of this, Manickam arrives and defeats Sadasivam's thugs, while his friend Thakkali ties up Sadasivam to be taken by the police. Manickam makes amends with Vinod and Uma, and plans to return to his old house. Uma reveals she is pregnant with Vinod's child.



After watching the Telugu film Dharmaatmudu (1983), director A. C. Tirulokchandar told M. Saravanan of AVM Productions about his desire to remake it in Tamil; he wanted Rajinikanth to play the male lead. Saravanan and others saw Dharmaatmudu, and noticed how similar it was to the Tamil film Hitler Umanath (1982). Screenwriter Panchu Arunachalam objected to remaking Dharmaatmudu since the earlier Tamil film was unsuccessful, but Saravanan and director S. P. Muthuraman knew there was something responsible for the Telugu film's success. They called screenwriter Visu who, after watching the film, said it could be remade well with minor changes. He was soon finalised as the screenwriter for the remake which was titled Nallavanukku Nallavan.[4] The film was produced by Saravanan and his brother M. Balasubramaniam, with M. S. Guhan receiving an "associate producer" credit. Cinematography was handled by Babu, and editing by R. Vittal.[5]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with Na. Kamarasan, Vairamuthu, Gangai Amaran, Muthulingam and Vaali working as lyricists.[6] The song "Unnaithane", written by Vairamuthu, was originally intended for a film to be directed by V. C. Guhanathan, but could not be used there After obtaining a "no-objection report" from Guhanathan, Saravanan was able to use the song in Nallavanukku Nallavan.[7] It is set in Shivaranjani, a Carnatic raga,[8] and marked playback singer Manjula Gururaj's debut in Tamil cinema.[5] The song "Vechukkava" is set in the raga Dheerashankarabharanam.[9] It was remixed by Yuvan Shankar Raja in Silambattam (2008).[10]

1."Chittuku Chella Chittuku"Na. KamarasanK. J. Yesudas4:42
2."Unnaithane"VairamuthuK. J. Yesudas, Manjula Gururaj4:12
3."Vechukava"Gangai AmaranK. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki4:30
4."Muthaduthey"MuthulingamS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:35
5."Namma Mothali"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Malaysia Vasudevan4:25
6."Ennai Thane"VairamuthuK. J. Yesudas1:13

Release and reception[edit]

Nallavanukku Nallavan was released on 22 October 1984, Diwali day.[11] On October 26, 1984, The Hindu in its review wrote, "Muthuraman has a large hand in embellishing the dramatic elements with deft touches and polished handling".[2] Despite facing competition from other Diwali releases such as Vaidehi Kathirunthal and the Tamil-dubbed version of the Malayalam-language My Dear Kuttichathan,[12] the film was a major commercial success, running for over 150 days in theatres.[3][13] According to a 2014 estimate by Sunita Raghu of The New Indian Express, it grossed 2.38 crore.[14] For his performance, Rajinikanth won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil, in addition to Best Actor awards from Cinema Express and the Film Fans Association.[15]


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  2. ^ a b c The Hindu 2012, p. 71.
  3. ^ a b c "ஹீரோ வாய்ப்புக்காக வில்லனாக நடித்த கார்த்திக்" [Karthik acted as a villain to get a chance to play a hero]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 4 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 283–284.
  5. ^ a b "Nallavanukku Nallavan". Prime Video. Amazon. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Nallavanukku Nallavan (1984)". Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  7. ^ Saravanan 2013, pp. 286–287.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 164.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 165.
  10. ^ Srinivasan, Pavithra (7 November 2008). "Yuvan disappoints". Archived from the original on 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ "ஸ்பெஷல் ரிப்போர்ட் : ரஜினிகாந்த் – டாப் 20 திரைப்படங்கள்..." [Special report: Rajinikanth's Top 20 Movies]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 12 December 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  12. ^ Menon, Vishal (12 November 2018). "My Dear Kuttichathan: The Unforgettable Story of India's First 3D Film". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  13. ^ "ரஜினியின் திரை வாழ்க்கையை திருப்பிப் போட்ட கேங்ஸ்டர் திரைப்படங்கள்". Puthiya Thalaimurai (in Tamil). 1 June 2018. Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  14. ^ Raghu, Sunita (4 May 2014). "Setting the Cash Registers Ringing. The Top Ten Grossers So Far". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  15. ^ Ramachandran 2014, p. 268.


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