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Oorkavalan poster.jpg
Directed by Manobala
Produced by G. Thyagarajan,
V. Thamilazhagan
Written by

A.L. Narayanan (Dialogues)

Rama Veerappan (Story, Screenplay)
Starring Rajinikanth
Radhika Sarathkumar M. Varalakshmi
Music by Shankar Ganesh
Cinematography B. S. Loganathan
Edited by K.R.Krishnan
Sathya Movies
Distributed by Sathya Movies
Release dates
4 September 1987
Running time
180 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Oorkavalan (English: The guard of the place) is a 1987 Tamil film. It was directed by Manobala with music directed by Shankar Ganesh.


The story describes the struggle of a young villager Kangeyan (played by Rajinikanth) to receive justice for his brother's murder. Manickam falls in love with Mallika, the daughter of Pannaiar. Mallika's marriage is arranged with Dorai (played by Raghuvaran) but refuses and declares her love for Mannikam. Kangeyan gets them married in the village. The priest pretends to have divine powers and uses superstitious belief of the villagers to kill Manickam. Kangeyan, not wanting to see Mallika as a widow, decides to her married again to Pandian, a cart driver who was her childhood friend. Dorai intervenes again proceeding to use superstition again and Kangeyan learns about truth behind his brother death exposing the priest and Dorai losing his lover in the process.

This movie was revolutionary in its message showing how fake godmen and the rich use superstitious belief of the common man to get their ends while showing women in a good light with the hero fighting for their equality told in an entertaining manner.