Rajadhi Raja (1989 film)

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Rajadhi Raja
Rajadhi Raja (1989).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Sundarrajan
Produced byR. D. Bhaskar
Screenplay byPanchu Arunachalam
Story byR. Sundarrajan
StarringRajinikanth
Nadhiya
Radha
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyRajarajan
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Production
company
Pavalar Creations
Release date
  • 4 March 1989 (1989-03-04)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Rajadhi Raja (transl. King of Kings) is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film, directed by R. Sundarrajan and written by Panchu Arunachalam. The film stars Rajinikanth in a dual role, with Nadhiya and Raadha portraying his characters' love interests. It revolves around Raja, a rich estate owner's son who seeks to avenge his father's death. He is aided in his quest by Chinnarasu, a lookalike.

Rajadhi Raja was released on 4 March 1989. The film became a box office blockbuster.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

A rich estate owner is killed by his second wife and her brother Aadimoolam for his property. The estate owner's son Raja returns from the United States and learns of this. In order to bring the culprits to book, he makes his friend Sethupathi, a rickshaw puller, act as Raja. But soon, Aadimoolam learns of this, kills Sethu and frames Raja as the killer. Raja is sentenced to death. In between, Raja loves Senkamalam, sister of an employee in his estate.

In the same village where Raja lives, there exists his lookalike, Chinnaraasu, whose aim in life is to wed his sweetheart Lakshmi. Raja escapes from jail, meets Chinnaraasu and makes Chinnaraasu take his place in jail. After many twist and turns, Raja brings the culprits to book. At the end, Raja marries Senkamalam and Chinnarasu marries Lakshmi.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

R. Sundarrajan initially planned to direct Amman Kovil Kizhakale with Rajinikanth which did not happen. When Sundarrajan met Panchu Arunachalam who was finding plot for a new project with collaboration of S. P. Muthuraman and Rajinikanth, he narrated the plotline of Rajathi Raja which impressed both Rajinikanth and Arunachalam. Rajinikanth insisted Sundarrajan to direct the film who relented after initial rejections to direct the film.[1] The film was produced under Ilaiyaraaja's brother R. D. Bhaskar under their home banner Pavalar Creations.[2] Cinematography was handled by Rajarajan, and editing by B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan.[3]

Casting[edit]

Initially, Revathi and Rupini were reported to play the two female characters in the film. Due to date clashes, Revathi's role was given to Radha and Rupini's role to Nadhiya.[3] This was the last film for Radha to act with Rajinikanth and it was the only film for Nadhiya with Rajinikanth.[2]

Radha Ravi, who portrayed one of the antagonists in the film, initially "approached the role like a serious villain". However, when he was told that his character knows Rajinikanth’s real identity, "I decided to play the character like a muff, and when I suggested the idea to director Sundarrajan, he accepted it".[2] Radha also intentionally mimicked his father M. R. Radha's voice and took inspiration from his father's character from the 1961 film Paava Mannippu.[2] Radha Ravi also said Rajinikanth wanted this scene where there will be a snake in the hand, Sundarrajan "wasn’t keen on having this as he felt it was over the top" but Rajinikanth insisted on this scene because “he liked to have a snake scene in his films for sentimental reasons”.[2]

Filming[edit]

The song "Vaa Vaa" was initially planned to shoot at Ooty but due to heavy rainfall, the crew then decided to shoot the song at Coonoor and again went back to Ooty during its non rainy day and completed the remaining shoot.[1] The filming was completed in 50 days.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4][5]

No. Song Singer(s) Lyrics Length (m:ss) Notes
1 "Meenamma Meenamma" Mano, K. S. Chitra Piraisoodan 04:38 Rajinikanth, Radha
2 "Maama Un Ponna Kodu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Gangai Amaran 04:25 Rajinikanth, Nadiya
3 "Malaiyaala Karaiyoram" Mano Vaali 04:42 Rajinikanth
4 "Enkitta Modhadhe" Mano, K. S. Chitra Ponnadiyan 04:51 Rajinikanth, Nadiya
5 "Un Nenja Thottu Sollu" (Album Only) P. Susheela & K. S. Chitra Gangai Amaran 04:38 (Not in the movie, not picturised)
6 "Vaa Vaa Manjal Malare" Mano, S. P. Sailaja Ilaiyaraaja 04:34 Rajinikanth, Radha
7 "Ulaga Vaazhkkaiye" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Ilaiyaraaja 00:58 Rajinikanth
8 "Adi AathuKulla Aathimaram" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Ilaiyaraaja 01:18 Rajinikanth

Release and reception[edit]

Rajadhi Raja was released on 4 March 1989.[6] Ananda Vikatan rated the film 43 out of 100.[7] N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote "[sic] the film is entertaining despite the abundant cliches and to-the-hilt commercialism".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Guna, M. (27 March 2019). "``ஒன்லைன் வாய்ப்பு, ஊட்டி மழை, ரஜினி சொன்ன சஜஷன்!" - ஆர்.சுந்தர்ராஜன் #30YearsOfRajathiraja" [One-line opportunity, Ooty rainfall, Suggestion given by Rajini – R. Sundarrajan]. Ananda Vikatan. Archived from the original on 19 November 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Suganth, M. (4 March 2019). "Celebrating 30 years of Raajadhi Raja". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 November 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "ராஜாதி ராஜா (1989)". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Rajadhi Raja (1989)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  5. ^ Ilaiyaraaja (1989). ராஜாதி ராஜா [King of kings] (liner notes) (in Tamil). Echo.
  6. ^ Sreekanth, Gayathri (2008). "Complete Filmography". The Name Is Rajinikanth. Om Books International. ISBN 978-81-87108-44-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  7. ^ "சினிமா விமர்சனம்: ராஜாதி ராஜா". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 26 March 1989. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  8. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (17 March 1989). "Rajathiraja". The Indian Express. p. 5.

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