Pokkiri Raja (1982 film)

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Pokkiri Raja
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Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Produced byM. Kumaran
M. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written byPanju Arunachalam
Based onChuttalunnaru Jagratha
R. Muthuraman
Y. Gee. Mahendra
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
Edited byR. Vittal
Release date
  • 14 January 1982 (1982-01-14)
Running time
138 Minutes

Pokkiri Raja (English: Rogue King) is a 1982 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film directed by S. P. Muthuraman. It is a remake of the Telugu film Chuttalunnaru Jagratha (1980). The film stars Rajinikanth, Sridevi and Raadhika. The film was a blockbuster hit and ran for 175 days in theaters.[2] This film was remade in Hindi as Mawaali and in Kannada as Bazar Bheema(1987).


Ramesh is the manager of the office of an industrialist who strongly suspects his relatives to be looting him. Ramesh finds the culprit and keeps a tight leash on everything happening in the office, thereby earning the wrath of the industrialist's relatives. Ramesh and Vanaja (the industrialist's daughter) initially find themselves at loggerheads, but eventually fall in love with each other. The industrialist is happy about this development until he sees Ramesh cheating on his daughter. He fires Ramesh the very same day.

The industrialist is murdered and Vanaja also sees Ramesh in her house that same night. Ramesh is dragged to court and is shortly framed for murder. Vanaja is upset, and the ill-intentioned relatives start closing their net around her, forcing her to marry Y. G. Mahendran (the son of two of the industrialist's relatives).

In the meantime, the grief-stricken Ramesh meets another person named Raja in jail who looks exactly like him. Together Ramesh and Raja plan to punish the culprits and set the record straight.



Pokkiri Raja was a remake of the Telugu film Chuttalunnaru Jagratha (1980),[3] and was Rajinikanth's first film opposite Raadhika.[4] It was colourised using Eastmancolor.[5] This was Muthuraman's final film as actor.[6]


Music is composed by M. S. Viswanathan.[7]

All tracks written by Kannadasan, Gangai Amaran.

1."Kadavul Padachan"S.P. Balasubrahmanyam5:35
2."Naan Pokkirikku"Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki4:42
3."Vaada En Machigala"S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:59
4."Vidiya Vidiya Solli"S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela4:54
Total length:20:16


  1. ^ Saravanan, M. (2013). AVM 60 Cinema (in Tamil). Rajarajan Publications. p. 245.
  2. ^ Media Talkies (31 May 2014), Rare Videos-Rajinikanth Pokkiri Raja Movie Velli Vizha Function, retrieved 4 December 2018
  3. ^ Ramachandran 2012, p. 104.
  4. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2012). Rajinikanth: A Birthday Special. Kasturi & Sons Ltd. p. 53.
  5. ^ Kisan World. 9. Sakthi Sugars, Limited. 1982. p. 68.
  6. ^ http://www.kalyanamalaimagazine.com/Content/Thiraichuvai/Dec_16_31/Potpourri_of_titbits_about_Tamil_cinema_Muthuraman_page1.html
  7. ^ "Pokkiri Raja (1982)". Music India Online. Retrieved 24 February 2018.


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