Saadhu (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byP. Vasu
Written byP. Vasu
Produced byMeera Vidyasagar
CinematographyM. C. Sekar
Edited byP. Mohan Raj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Eashwara Chandra Combines
Release date
  • 22 July 1994 (1994-07-22)
Running time
130 minutes

Saadhu (transl. Naive) is a 1994 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by P. Vasu, starring Arjun and Raveena Tandon, with Vijayakumar, Goundamani and Radha Ravi in supporting roles. The film marked the debut of Tandon in Tamil cinema.[1] It was released on 22 July 1994.[2][3]


Sathyamoorthy (Arjun) lives with his mother Kamalamma (Jayabharathi) and grandfather in the Boat Club area. Sathyamoorthy passes his degree in first class and becomes a gold medallist. Narayanan (Keerikkadan Jose), a notorious rowdy eyes on the property where Sathyamoorthy dwells. Narayanan's son threatens Sathyamoorthy and his family to get out. In the scuffle, Sathyamoorthy's grandfather dies. Sathyamoorthy and his mother are forced to relocate to Goyya Thoppu area by Narayanan. There, a tea shop worker inquires about them and says about the past. Earlier all shops Mamool was collected by Vibhuthi Veeramuthu (Radharavi) and Narayanan (Keerikkadan Jose) was working as his assistant. Then due to Narayanan becoming powerful, Veeramuthu planned to eliminate him. Narayanan escaped and formed a separate faction and divided gang territory into two. The worker says that they are unable to go to home with full salary since rowdies will collect the money and also due to conflict between two gangs, the business is not going properly. Sathyamoorthy and his mother live in upper portion of house where the lower portion is a brothel. Once a police raid occurs, the girls hide in the upper part of the house. Sathyamoorthy's mother is frightened and urges him to find a good job so that they can leave the area. Sathyamoorthy gets a good job and comes back with a Prasad from a temple. Narayanan's son harasses him. Sathyamoorthy goes to his mother and informs that he got a job. His mother is happy for him. A police officer is burnt to death in the locality allegedly by Veeramuthu. On returning home, he is informed that his mother has been admitted in hospital after she fell down the stairs. Sathyamoorthy goes to his employer for money for his mother's surgery. However a scuffle with Narayanan's son in a riot gets him arrested, he loses his money and the police Inspector Krishnamoorthi (Rajeev) frames him. He is released but is unable to save his mother. The police inspector Krishnamoorthy realises Sathyamoorthy is innocent after arresting him on another theft case and the police commissioner (Kavitha) arranges a job in Mumbai. But Narayanan's son is furious that Sathyamoorthy had bashed him and tries to kill him but he himself is killed. Sathyamoorthy decides to join Rowdy Veeramuthu's gang to finish rowdyism. He encourages Veeramuthu to contest an election so that all ill-gotten money would be spent for people. Selvi (Raveena Tandon) is Veeramuthu's daughter who comes back after Sathyamoorthy convinces her. They develop a liking towards each other. Finally he beats and kills Narayanan. He learns from his master (Vijayakumar) that it was Veeramuthu who killed his mother. He gets injured in a fight with Narayan and is given electric shock by doctors fearing Veeramuthu. In a final election meeting, Sathyamoorthy snaps up from paralysed state and lectures people on electing good unselfish leaders. He is arrested for his deeds and Veeramuthu is also arrested.

In a parallel comedy subplot, Anjukolai Aarumugam (Goundamani) is feared as he has purportedly killed five people. But in reality he had stolen five coconuts. The goofy misinterpretation makes Goundamani a feared murderer, whereas he is in fact a timid person. He is recruited by Veeramuthu and provides some comic relief for the audience.



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Vaali.[4]

Track listing
1."Ammamma Unnai"K. J. Yesudas4:44
2."Ithayame Oh"K. S. Chithra6:35
3."Oorariya Pereduththa"Mano, K. S. Chithra5:00
4."Padikirom"Mano, Swarnalatha, Arunmozhi5:40
5."Vitta Mochile"Mano, Swarnalatha4:54
Total length:26:53


Malini Mannath of The Indian Express wrote "Vasu has managed to infuse freshness in his screenplay and keeps the viewer's attention engaged for most of the time".[5] R. P. R. of Kalki praised Arjun's performance and Rajiv's characterisation but panned the film for showing violence and then ending the film with message against non-violence.[6]


  1. ^ "Have Always Enjoyed Doing Movies from South, Says Raveena Tandon". News18. 9 March 2021. Archived from the original on 14 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Sadhu (1994)". Cinesouth. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Saadhu". The Indian Express. 22 July 1994. p. 6. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Saadhu". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 18 February 2023. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  5. ^ Mannath, Malini (29 July 1994). "Rage of innocence". The Indian Express. p. 6. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  6. ^ ஆர். பி. ஆர். (14 August 1994). "சினிமாவுக்குப் போறீங்களா..?". Kalki (in Tamil). pp. 24–26. Archived from the original on 14 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.

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