|Directed by||Manoj Kumar|
|Produced by||Manoj Kumar|
|Written by||V. Prabhakar (dialogues)|
|Story by||R. Meghanathan|
|Edited by||P. Mohanraj|
|12 April 2002|
Raajjiyam is a 2002 Tamil action film directed by Manoj Kumar starring Vijayakanth, Shamita Shetty, Priyanka Trivedi in lead roles. The film marked the debut of popular Malayalam actor Dileep in Tamil cinema. The film released on 12 April 2002 and was a disaster at the box office. It was also dubbed in Telegu as Security Officer and in Hindi as Yeh Kaisi Hukumat.
Karthikeyan (Vijayakanth) runs a Central Government-authorized Secret Service agency under the guise of an organization that helps people arriving in Chennai. He leads a happy life with his wife Pooja (Shamita Shetty), daughter, and younger brother Surya (Dileep), a mute. Surya falls in love with Anuradha (Priyanka Trivedi), a woman that Karthikeyan brings home from the railway station, but her past forces her to reject his romance. When the governor's (Murali) daughter-in-law dies, Karthikeyan finds out that it was a murder and arrests the governor's son (Anand). Though the Governor outwardly congratulates Karthikeyan and even appoints him as his personal bodyguard, he is in fact plotting his revenge on him.
The fight scene between Vijayakanth and Ponnamabalam was taken on a revolving bamboo, with the two men standing on either edge, the scene choreographed by Super Subbarayan. For the set, 20 lorries carrying bamboos were brought in, and set designer Shanmugham arranged them in order to make the place look like a bamboo fortress. It took twelve days to shoot the scene, and canning the shots was Kartikraja. The film was produced at a cost of ₹7 crore.
Music was composed by Bharathwaj and lyrics were written by Snehan.
- Naan Unna — Pop Shalini
- Thamizhan — Krishnaraj
- Ore Oru — Unnikrishnan, Sujatha
- Oru Aayiram — Bharathwaj, Reshmi
- Namma Ooru — Krishnaraj
- Annan Thambi — Bharathwaj
- Uyir Theduthe — Bharathwaj
Rediff wrote:"Though the film created expectations as a political thriller with Vijaykanth spewing dialogues laden with political nuances, Raajjiyam is about brothers, laced with action sequences".
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