Raman Abdullah

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Raman Abdullah
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Written byBalu Mahendra
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byBalu Mahendra
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Anand Cine Arts
Release date
22 August 1997

Raman Abdullah is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by Balu Mahendra, starring Sivakumar, Karan and Vignesh. It is a remake of the 1994 Malayalam film Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji.[1] The film was released on 22 August 1997.[2]


Friends Abdullah and Raman go through misadventures to save their face from a strict Hajji.



Director Balu Mahendra had offered a leading role to actor Vikram, who was unable to take up the offer as a result of schedule clashes with his work in Ullaasam (1997).[3] The film's shoot became the epicentre of a dispute that arose between the Tamil Film Producers Council and Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI). It was reported that members of FEFSI had stopped the filming of Raman Abdullah as Mahendra was engaging outside cast members in the film.[4] This led FEFSI to go for an indefinite strike which affected to the delaying of several Tamil films.[5][6][7] During production, the makers had to change the name of the film from Abdul Raaman to Raman Abdullah following protests from the Muslim community.[8]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[9]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "En Veettu Jannal" Bhavatharini, Arunmozhi Mu. Metha 05:06
2 "Puthithai Ketkum" K. S. Chithra Ravibharathi 05:07
3 "Sembaruthi Pennoruthi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra Kamakodiyan 05:03
4 "Un Madhama" Nagore E. M. Hanifa Vaali 04:18
5 "Machan Un Machini" Malgudi Subha 05:18
6 "Muththamizhe Muththamizhe" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra Arivumathi 04:39


The film was a commercial failure.[10]


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