|Directed by||R. V. Udayakumar|
|Written by||Gokula Krishnan (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||R. V. Udayakumar|
|Story by||Sujatha Udhayakumar|
|Edited by||B. S. Nagaraj|
Rajakumaran (transl. Prince) is a 1994 Tamil language drama film directed by R. V. Udayakumar. The film features Prabhu, Meena and Nadhiya in lead roles. The film was released on 14 January 1994, coinciding with Pongal. The film was Prabhu's 100th film and was produced by Sivaji Productions.
The kindhearted Rajakumaran is the son of the village chief in Sundharapuri. Selvi and Vaidehi are in love with their cousin Rajakumaran but he chooses Vaidehi and Selvi decides to sacrifice her love. During a Jallikattu spectacle in Sundharapuri, Yuvaraj, who is from the neighboring village Palipattu, insults the villagers of Sundharapuri for not be able to tame his bull. A brave Rajakumaran then tames his bull and he humiliates him back. Selvi's father Selvaraj refuses to give his property to the village people as promised. To give away the property, his only request is that Rajakumaran marry his daughter Selvi. Selvi convinces Rajakumaran to lie for the good of all, so he lies to her father and he gets the property. Vaidehi, who comes to know about it, is heartbroken and decides to kill herself by jumping into a well. Later, Vaidehi is found dead when Rajakumaran finally reveals his lie.
One day, some goons decide to put a bomb in Sundharapuri but Rajakumaran beats up the goon and saves the village. The villagers think that the culprit was Selvi's brother Thangaraj because he wanted to take revenge on Rajakumaran for his lie. An angry Thangaraj then insults Rajakumaran's father in a wedding function and Rajakumaran's father dies of a heart attack due to the humiliation. Yuvaraj asks the permission of Selvaraj and Thangaraj to marry Selvi, and they accept. On the day of the marriage, the villagers are against the marriage and beg Rajakumaran to save Selvi from the heartless Yuvaraj. A man then says that a deaf-mute girl was the witness of Vaidehi's murder by Yuvaraj. Yuvaraj cancels the marriage and decides to humiliate Selvi in his village. Rajakumaran saves her and decides to marry her.
- Prabhu as Rajakumaran
- Meena as Selvi
- Nadhiya as Vaidehi
- Nassar as Yuvaraj
- Vijayakumar as Rajakumaran's father
- Sujatha as Rajakumaran's mother
- Goundamani as Maarusamy, the milkman
- Senthil as the postman
- Vadivelu as 'Vicharuva' Veerasamy
- Captain Raju as Selvaraj, Selvi's father
- Kavitha as Selvi's mother
- Rajmadhan as Vaidehi's father
- Sathyapriya as Vaidehi's mother
- Thyagu as Thangaraj
- Kaka Radhakrishnan
- Oru Viral Krishna Rao
- Periya Karuppu Thevar
- Kovai Senthil
- Pasi Narayanan
- R. V. Udayakumar in a cameo appearance
Rajakumaran is the 100th film of Prabhu as an actor.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The film score and the soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1994, features 7 tracks with lyrics written by, the director himself, R. V. Udayakumar. All songs are blockbusters.
|1||'Aadi Varattum'||S. P. Balasubramaniam, K. S. Chithra||5:16|
|2||'Chinna Chinna Sol Eduthu'||K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki||5:08|
|3||'Ennavendru Solvathamma'||S. P. Balasubramaniam||5:04|
|4||'Kaatule Kambakaatule'||S. P. Balasubramaniam, S. Janaki||5:01|
|5||'Pottu Vachathu Yaaru'||S. P. Balasubramaniam||4:01|
|6||'Rajakumara Rajakumara'||Mano, Sunandha||4:25|
|7||'Sithagathi Pookale'||S. P. Balasubramaniam, K. S. Chithra||4:41|
Rajakumaran was released on 14 January 1994 coinciding with Pongal. The film received negative reviews and became a box-office bomb. The Indian Express wrote "Udayakumar seems to have exhausted his stock of ideas [...] Rajakumaran is nothing but a rehash of his earlier film Ejaman". Despite this, its soundtrack was a huge success.
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- MM (21 January 1994). "A rehash". The Indian Express. p. 6.