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Directed bySasi
Produced byFatima Vijay Antony
Written bySasi
StarringVijay Antony
Satna Titus
Music byVijay Antony
CinematographyPrasanna Kumar
Edited byVeera Senthil Raj
Vijay Antony Film Corporation
Distributed byKR films
Release date
  • 4 March 2016 (2016-03-04)
Running time
130 minutes
Box officeest. 34 crore[1]

Pichaikkaran (English: Beggar) is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Sasi, starring Vijay Antony in the lead role.[2][3][4] The film released on 4 March 2016. The Telugu dubbed version was titled as Bichagadu and was released on 13 May 2016.[5] In 2017, the film was dubbed into Hindi as Roadside Rowdy.[6] The film became a big success at the box office.[7] The movie was remade in Odia as Baby starring Anubhav Mohanty, in Marathi as Bhikari starring Swapnil Joshi and in Kannada as Amma I Love You starring Chiranjeevi Sarja.[8]


Arul Selvakumar (Vijay Antony) is a rich businessman based out of Palladam, Tirupur district. His mother Bhuvaneshwari (Dheepa Ramanujam) is the person behind the growth of their textile business following her husband's early death. Avinashi (Muthuraman) is her brother-in-law who is money minded and has plans to grab Arul's properties. Arul returns from abroad after graduation and takes charge of all the business responsibilities from his mother. In the meantime, Bhuvaneshwari meets with an accident in the factory and falls into coma. All the efforts taken by Arul to cure her goes in vain. Accidentally he meets an sage in a place where his mother is being treated. He conveys him there is a possible way to save his mother. Arul on hearing this urges the sage that he will do whatever needed to save his mother. The sage advices him to lead a 48-day life of a beggar with two conditions. First being that he shouldn't reveal himself and secondly he shouldn't say this to anyone. If he completes it, his mother would have a chance to survive.

With no other possible way to save his mother, Arul accepts it and informs his friend Rajesh (Bagavathi Perumal) to look after the business until he comes back. Arul travels to Chennai and joins a few other beggars in front of a temple and starts begging. He comes across Magizhini (Satna Titus) and develops affection seeing her good nature. Arul recalls that he and his mother had initially decided to approach Magizhini for an alliance through a matrimonial site. Magizhini also encounters Arul in a few situations and likes his character not knowing that he is a beggar. Avinashi comes to know the unavailability of Arul and tries to take over Arul's business. In a marriage function Magizhini comes to know that Arul is a beggar and gets angry thinking Arul has cheated her. She still couldn't avoid him as she is impressed more by his good nature. One day Magizhini's mother gets to see Arul's photo in her laptop and recalls that he is a rich businessman and also she had shared her photos to him through matrimony website a few months back. Magizhini is shocked and tries to meet Arul where she overhears the conversation between Arul and Rajesh which makes her realise Arul's life as a beggar is to save his mother and she is impressed a lot seeing his good nature. Rajesh urges arul to comeback but Arul refuses to come with him. Magizhini decides not to disturb Arul until his life as a beggar is still incomplete.

Meanwhile, there is a group of doctors who manage a mental health centre but they use the patients admitted in the hospital for medical experiments and Arul gets to know this with the help of a beggar who stays there pretending as a mentally challenged girl. Knowing this, the doctors approach a gang asking them to murder Arul. Arul manages to escape from the gang. On the last day as a beggar, Arul is spotted by Avinashi and he tries to kill him but accidentally, Magizhini gets stabbed on her neck and is admitted to hospital. Arul, who is yet to complete his beggar life is left hopeless as he is unable to pay the hospital expenses of Magizhini. His beggar friends come up with some money to help Arul. Avinashi is arrested by police.

Arul gets back to his home after 48 days along with Rajesh to visit his mother and comes to know that there is no improvement in her health. Arul holds his mother's hands and begs her to live for long. Suddenly he feels his mother's hands moving. After six months, his mother gets completely recovered and both Arul and Magizhini get married. A beggar begs to Arul in front of a temple but Arul being busy with a phone call fails to notice the beggar. Arul's mother lends money to the beggar and conveys to Arul that life of a beggar is so pathetic and we should never hurt them as people like us cannot lead a beggar's lifestyle even a single day. Arul apologises for not noticing the beggar to his mother. The film marks an end as Arul's mother never came to know about her son's struggle as a beggar to bring her back to normal life. Magizhini feels very proud about her husband Arul.



Sasi began the production of Pichaikkaran in October 2014, and signed on Vijay Antony to feature in the lead role. The pair had earlier worked together in Dishyum (2006), in which Vijay Antony had composed the film's music.[3] The team shot a schedule in Pollachi on Everwin spinning mills near Achipatty village in January 2015, before moving to Puducherry by June 2015.[9][10]


Soundtrack album to Pichaikkaran by
Released04 Mar 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelVijay Antony Music
ProducerVijay Antony
Vijay Antony chronology
Aavi Kumar

The film's soundtrack album and background score were composed by Vijay Antony. The soundtrack album consist of seven tracks. The album was released on 07 Jan 2016. Behindwoods rated the album 2.25 out of 5 and noted that "Overall a pretty decent album but it does have a couple of thumping numbers!".[11] One of the songs created controversy due to lyrics which hurted the doctors.[12]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss)
1 Glamour Song Velmurugan 4:10
2 Nenjorathil (Female) Supriya Joshi 4:13
3 Nooru Samigal Vijay Antony, Sujay sk 2:44
4 Unakkaga Varuven Janaki Iyer 3:39
5 Oru Vellai Sotrukkaga Yazin Nizar 3:31
6 Nenjorathil (Male) Deepak Doddera 4:13
7 Pichaikkaran (Theme Music) Ananthu 1:07


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Rediff wrote "Sasi’s Pichaikkaran may have overdosed on action and sentiment but the director manages to portray life from the other side. The humiliation and pain of people we meet and choose to ignore on a daily basis stays with you".[14]

Hindustan Times wrote "One of the biggest drawbacks of many Indian movies is its lethargic attitude towards perfecting a script -- not drawing the line from one point to another with any fair degree of conviction. Pichaikkaran thus ends up as a beggar begging for credibility".[15]

Moviecrow wrote "This Pichaikkaran is neither poor to beg nor rich to offer".[16]

Behindwoods gave it a 2.25/5 saying that "Excessive exaggerations and lack of depth in the dealing make Pichaikkaran not an easy affair".[17]

Indiaglitz gave it a 2.8/5 saying that "[It] makes the right impact as a wholesome entertainer with emotional scenes as his strong base".[18]

Box office[edit]

The movie brought in 15 crore from the Tamil version and 18 crore from the Telugu version which makes the worldwide gross collection almost 34 crore.[1]


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  2. ^ Only Kollywood. "Vijay Antony's next titled 'Pichaikkaaran' with director Sasi? - Only Kollywood". Only Kollywood.
  3. ^ a b "Music director Vijay Antony to become a 'Pichaikaran'". behindwoods.com.
  4. ^ "Vijay Antony commences his new film". Sify.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8PX8zbWj_0
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKF3mIYk2Lg
  7. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/pichaikkaran-review-entertaining-review-tamil-qdeqQDheahffe.html
  8. ^ "Each time I have worked on a remake my compositions have stood out:Gurukiran", Times of India, 2018-06-09
  9. ^ "Pichaikaaran in Pollachi". indiaglitz.com.
  10. ^ Suthan Bala (4 July 2015). "'Pichaikaaran' to release soon — Tamil Cinema News". Tamil Cinema News. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Pichaikaaran (aka) Pitchaikkaran songs review". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Ban sought on song from Tamil film Pichaikaran". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  13. ^ "PICHAIKAARAN GOES TO SUN TV". Behindwoods. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Review: Pichaikkaran is a thought-provoking entertainer". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Pichaikkaran review: This film is begging for authenticity". 5 March 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Pichaikkaran Review — Interesting Knot, Average masala". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Pichaikaaran (aka) Pitchaikkaran review". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Pichaikkaran review. Pichaikkaran Tamil movie review, story, rating — IndiaGlitz.com". Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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