Pandian (film)

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Pandian poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story byPrabhakar
Produced byS. P. Muthuraman
CinematographyT. S. Vinayagam
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Karthik Raja
Visaalam Productions
Release date
  • 25 October 1992 (1992-10-25)
Running time
135 minutes

Pandian is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language action film, directed by S. P. Muthuraman and written by Panchu Arunachalam. It stars Rajinikanth, Khushbu, Janagaraj and Prabhakar. The film is a remake of the 1991 Kannada film Bombay Dada which starred Prabhakar, who portrayed the antagonist of this film. It was released on 25 October 1992 during Diwali and became an average success.


The film is about Pandian, who wants to avenge his sister's husband's death. He joins the murderer's gang and how he takes revenge forms the crux. Then the gang came to know that Pandian did an undercover operation, Pandian was a police officer. The rest of the story deals with how Pandian caught the culprit, with stylish approach.



Rajinikanth decide to make a low-budget film with director S. P. Muthuraman. Muthuraman produced the film under his production banner "Visaalam Productions", named after his mother. Although not being a producer, Rajinikanth took care of production duties of the film along with M. Saravanan. Rajinikanth decided to act in the film to contribute for the retirement fund of main crew members of the Muthuraman team who were regulars in most of the latter's films.[3] The film title was initially titled Nanban (transl. Friend) before being retitled to Pandian.[4][2] It was Muthuraman's penultimate film as director,[5] and remade from the 1991 Kannada film Bombay Dada. Prabhakar, who acted as that film's protagonist, portrayed a different role in Pandian, the antagonist.[1][6] Rajinikanth acted in the film without taking any remuneration.[3] One song sequence was shot at Ooty Lake.[7] This would be the last film in Rajinikanth portrayed a police officer until the release of Darbar (2020).[8]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja,[9] while his son Karthik Raja composed "Pandianin Rajyathil", his first song.[2]

No. Title Singer(s) Lyrics Length
1 "Ulagathukaaga" Mano Vaali 04:49
2 "Adi Jumba" Mano, K. S. Chithra 06:00
3 "Anbe Nee Enna" Mano, K. S. Chithra 04:41
4 "Pandiayana Kokka Kokka" Mano 04:56
5 "Pandiyanin Rajiyathil" Mano, K. S. Chithra Panchu Arunachalam 05:44

Release and reception[edit]

Pandiyan was released on 25 October 1992, Diwali day.[10] Though Muthuraman's wife died 10 days before, he refused the crew's suggestion to postpone the release.[11] The film opened up against Thevar Magan, Senthamizh Paattu, Thirumathi Palanisamy and Raasukutti.[4] The Indian Express called it "a typical Rajini film; a mishmash of all ingredients formulated to please his fans".[1] New Straits Times wrote "This 135-minute movie is only for hard-core Rajini fans".[2] Due to facing competition from Thevar Magan, Pandiyan emerged an average success.[12] Even though it made some money, whatever money grossed were used for the retirement fund of Muthuraman's crew.[3]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Vijiyin, K. (21 November 1992). "Hackneyed plot and unconvincing fighting scenes". New Straits Times. p. 25.
  3. ^ a b c "எஸ்.பி.முத்துராமன் யூனிட்டின் உதவிக்காக ரஜினி நடித்துக் கொடுத்த 'பாண்டியன்'". Maalai Malar. 31 December 2012. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b Mannath, Malini (16 October 1992). "Deepavali releases". The Indian Express. p. 7. Archived from the original on 23 November 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (3 December 2009). "Musings, the Muthuraman way". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  6. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Penguin Books. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-14-342111-5.
  7. ^ Sreekanth, Gayathri (2008). The Name is Rajinikanth. Om Books International. p. 86. ISBN 9788187108443.
  8. ^ "Rajini's 'Darbar' releases to a full house". Deccan Herald. 9 January 2020. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Pandian (1992)". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Pandian". The Indian Express. 25 October 1992. p. 7. Archived from the original on 23 November 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  11. ^ "மனைவி மறைந்த துயரத்தை அடக்கிக்கொண்டு 'பாண்டியன்' படத்தை முடித்து வெளியிட்டார், முத்துராமன்". Maalai Malar. 1 January 2013. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  12. ^ Ramesh, Akshay (17 September 2015). "Thoongavanam vs Kabali: Kamal Haasan meets Rajinikanth on the battlefield". India Today. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.

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