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Promotional Poster
Directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced by R. Venkatarama Reddy
Written by Ananthu
Kamal Haasan
Kanmani Subbu (dialogues)
Starring Kamal Haasan
Music by Mahesh Mahadevan
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Edited by N. P. Satish
Chandamama Vijaya Combines
Distributed by Chandamama Vijaya Combines
Release date
2 November 1994
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 3.7 crore (equivalent to 17 crore or US$2.7 million in 2017)
Box office 9.75 crore (equivalent to 46 crore or US$7.0 million in 2017)

Nammavar is a 1994 Tamil language film directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan and starring Kamal Haasan and Gautami in lead roles.

Kamal Haasan plays a revolutionary history lecturer of a college. The movie is about how he tries to reform the downtrodden college by his initiatives and its consequences. The background score and music was composed by Mahesh.

The film was among 1994 Deepavali releases. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.


Dr.Selvam (Kamal Haasan) is the new Vice-principal History professor in a college ruled by the Donor's son Ramesh (Karan) who is essentially a spoiled brat who owing to the lack of parental guidance turns into a no-gooder and also influences the other students in the college by his tyrannical use of money and power. Sparks fly between the two, but Selvam manages to transform most of the college.

Vasanthi (Gouthami) is also a Professor in the same college who initially disapproves of Selvam's methods, but later falls for him. Selvam is revealed to be a cancer patient, who is seeking answers to fight his inner demons by doing good to the college. When all his methods to insult Selvam fail, and when one of his gang turns against him, Ramesh retaliates by implicating his ex-friend's lover, Nirmala (Brinda), who is also the daughter of one of the college lecturers, Prabhakar Rao (Nagesh), in a brothel raid, which leads to her suicide.The inevitable final clash ensues, where Selvam still does not want to harm Ramesh and is still willing to offer him a second chance. In the end, Selvam and Vasanthi leave for the US seeking a cure for his Cancer and hoping that the college will be truly reformed when they return.



The first day shoot was at held at the Vijaya Vauhini studios, with Karan as a student and Kamal Haasan as professor in a classroom scenario.[1]


The film received positive reviews from critics, and successful


the box office. In 1995 at the National Film Awards, Nagesh was awarded Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal in the film, as well winning the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize.

Box Office[edit]

After adjusting to inflation, the estimated gross is around 50-60 crore(US$7.4-9 million) as of 2016 against a budget of US$2.5 million(5 crore in 1994).


Soundtrack album by Mahesh Mahadevan
Released 1994
Genre Feature film soundtrack

This movie features 6 songs composed by Mahesh Mahadevan while lyrics written by Pulamaipithan and Vairamuthu. The music director, prior to signing the project had been diagnosed with blood cancer and since, it has been debated that Kamal Haasan's cancer-ridden role in the film was a tribute to Mahesh.[2] Before his death in 2002, Mahesh went on to work in the sound department in Kamal Haasan's Kuruthipunal and Aalavandhan. The soundtrack was also marked the debut of noted singer, Srinivas.[3]


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