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Directed byShankar Dayal
Produced byS R Prabhu
Written byShankar Dayal
Music byG. V. Prakash Kumar
CinematographyP. G. Muthiah
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by
Release date
  • 22 June 2012 (2012-06-22)
Running time
151 minutes

Saguni is a 2012 Indian Tamil-language political satire film directed by Shankar Dayal and produced by S. R. Prabhu. The film features Karthi and Pranitha in the lead roles, while Santhanam, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raadhika, and Nassar appear in supporting roles. Dubbed versions of the film were released in Telugu and Hindi as Shakuni (2012) and Rowdy Leader (2016) respectively. The film was declared an average hit.


The film starts with the demise of CM (Satyamoorthy), a political plot produced by R. K. Boopathi (Prakash Raj). Then, we are introduced to Kamalakannan (Karthi), who tells his story to auto driver Rajini Appadurai (Santhanam). Rajini assumes that Kamal is rich and drives him around the city to be profited for him. Kamal is actually a country boy who is working in a small company. He has come to the city to meet concerned politicians and plead them to halt a subway project, by which he could lose his property in his village. He is the son of a humble person who serves unlimited food to the guests and passersby every day. Under this background, he has come to Chennai to settle the matter as the forefather's property is living heaven for the family. Kamal stays in his aunt Rani's (Roja) house, and love blossoms between him and her daughter Sridevi (Pranitha Subhash). Their love affair breaks up as it is not accepted by Rani. Kamal meets Boopathi, who once visited their village during the election campaign and had promised to do good needs when required. Kamal comes to know that Boopathi is the one behind the project. Kamal disillusioned with the system becomes a shrewd political analyst and campaigner and makes Ramani (Raadhika) the Mayor of Chennai by helping in her campaigns. He later, in a jail, gets the contact of Perumal (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who has an infamous political party. Meanwhile, he joins Perumal's party and makes him win the election, making him the CM of Tamil Nadu. Boopathi is finally arrested for being the reason behind for Sathyamoorthy's suicide with his family. Kamal, at last, saves his property with his intelligence and unites with Sridevi.


  • Karthi as Kamalakannan alias Kannan / Kamal, a man from Karaikudi who tries to save his ancestral house from railway construction by becoming a political analyst
  • Pranitha as Sridevi, Kamal's love interest and cousin.
  • Santhanam as Rajini Appadurai alias Pappu Kumaran, auto driver and later PA for mayor.
  • Prakash Raj as R. K. Boopathi, Chief Minister and leader of the IMK political party.
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao as Perumal, Leader of Opposition for 13 years and leader of VTMK. He later becomes CM.
  • Nassar as Beedi Saamiyaar, who later becomes Nelli Saami.
  • Raadhika as Ramani Aachi, a local lady don and later Mayor of Chennai, and a mentor to Kamal.
  • Roja as Dr. Rani, Sridevi's mother and Kamal's paternal aunt.
  • Kiran Rathod as Vasundhara Devi, Boopathi's second wife, Mayoral candidate, and later deputy CM candidate.
  • V. S. Raghavan as Ramachandran / Thota Raghavaiah Chowdary, Kamalakannan's grandfather
  • Manobala as Indru oru thagaval, Ramani's watchman
  • Chithra Lakshmanan as Boopathi's sidekick
  • Meera Krishnan as Mobile Court Judge
  • Nellai Siva as Policeman
  • Chandra Mohan as CM of Tamil Nadu, at the beginning of the movie (guest character)
  • Delhi Ganesh as Lawyer (cameo appearance)
  • Devadarshini as CM's daughter (cameo appearance)
  • Anushka Shetty as Police Officer Anushka (cameo appearance)
  • Andrea Jeremiah as Andrea (cameo appearance)
  • Vani Shree as Sridevi's friend and Appadurai's love sick


The film was first revealed in early April 2011, when it was reported that Karthi was considering a "social satire" script written by debutant film maker, Shankar Dayal, to be his next venture after the success of his previous film Siruthai.[2] Karthi confirmed the news and revealed he would feature in a new get-up for the film, although expressing that the script was still in development.[3][4] Veteran actress Raadhika signed on to play a supporting role in May 2011,[5] whilst Roja signed on to play a doctor in the film and Mumtaj was selected to play a role making her comeback after 3 years.[6] Kannada actress Pranitha who made her debut in Tamil with Udhayan, was confirmed for the lead female role after much speculation that Shriya Saran would form a part of the cast.[7]

Kota Srinivasa Rao and Salim Ghouse were selected to play politicians in the film, while Nassar was roped in to play a godman. However, in a turn of events, it was announced that the makers were unimpressed with Ghouse's performance and replaced him with Prakash Raj. Subsequently, combination scenes shot with Ghouse and Mumtaj, including those which appeared in the original trailer, were removed and reshot with Prakash Raj and Kiran Rathod. Anushka Shetty shot for a cameo role, that of a funny police officer within one day, while Andrea Jeremiah also appeared in a single scene.[8]

The first look of the film was duly released through a series of promotional posters in early 2011,[9] with the makers suggesting a potential release to coincide with Diwali 2011.[10] Some scenes were shot in and around Chennai including the Napier bridge,[11] while the climax was shot in Hyderabad.[12] The songs were choreographed by Bobby Antony, Baba Baskar, Prem Rakshith and Raju;[13] one of which was shot in Poland.[14] There were rumours that the film was based on Neera Radia but makers quickly denied it.[15] The team shot a scene at the famous shopping complex near Ashok Nagar in Chennai. The director and his crew were happy to complete the shoot before the place got uncontrollably crowded.[16]


Saguni / Sakuni
Soundtrack album by
Released2 June 2012
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length24:12 / 24:11
LanguageTamil / Telugu
LabelGemini Audio
ProducerG. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Endukante... Premanta!
Saguni / Sakuni

The soundtrack, composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, consists of 5 tracks. The track "Manasellam Mazhaiye" was reused from the hit song "Chalisuva Cheluve" also sung by Sonu Nigam and Saindhavi, from the Kannada film Ullasa Utsaha, which featured music composed by Prakash Kumar. The audio launch was to be held on 11 May,[17] but postponed to 2 June. The Telugu version released on 5 June.[18] Two songs along with the videos were launched on 25 May, Karthi's birthday.[19] The song "Kandha Kaaravadai" has been downloaded 75,000 times.[20] Other songs like "Manasellam Mazhaiye" and "Vella Bambaram" also topped the charts .[21] Eventually the album became successful among masses.

1."Kandha Kaara Vadai"ParamuShankar Mahadevan, Karthi5:11
2."Manasellam Mazhaiye"Na. MuthukumarSonu Nigam, Saindhavi, G. V. Prakash Kumar5:27
3."Vella Bambaram"VivekaBaba Sehgal, Priya Himesh4:43
4."Pottadhu Pathala"AnnamalaiVelmurugan & Chorus4:51
5."Annachi Ammachi"Shankar DayalPushpavanam Kuppusamy, Maya Manikandan & Chorus4:00
Total length:24:12

All lyrics are written by Sahithi.

Telugu Track-List[23]
1."Khavoo Karaa Vada"Shankar Mahadevan5:11
2."Manasulo Madhuve"Sonu Nigam, Saindhavi5:27
3."Rangu Bongaram"Rahul Nambiar, Priya Himesh4:43
4."Paddade Pegguraa Maavayya"Rahul Nambiar4:51
5."Ammalaara Ayyalaara"Mallikarjun, Maaya3:59
Total length:24:11


Rediff wrote that it was "run-of-the-mill and has nothing new to offer".[24] Behindwoods wrote: "The songs have all been composed with the sole intention of entertaining the audience. Save the melody, the rest all play to the gallery all the way. Good 'mass' album".[25]


The distribution rights were bought by Studio Green and Vendhar Movies for 230 million (US$3.2 million).[26] The satellite rights of the film were secured by Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board and Telugu version was given a "U/A" certificate.[27] It was slated to release in April initially,[28] but failed to meet the deadline and would be released on 22 June eventually. Makers have planned to release the films in more than 1,100 screens across the globe. Andhra will see the film being released in 450 screens. Telugu rights were bought by Bellamkonda Suresh for 80 million (US$1.1 million).[29] The producers have spent more than 120 million for the promotion of the film.[30] The film Shakuni opened in 85 screens in Kerala by Beebah Creations & Sayujyam Cine Release.


Saguni received mixed to positive reviews upon release. Behindwoods quoted that Saguni was a fairly engaging political game giving main credits to Karthi and Santhanam.[31][32] The Tamil version was an average hit and the Telugu version titled Shakuni succeeded at the box office.[33]


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  15. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (3 January 2012). "'No Nira Radia connection'". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Karthis Saguni completes shopping scene". 17 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
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  18. ^ "'Saguni' from June 2, 'Sakuni' from June 5!". IndiaGlitz. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Two audio & video songs for 'Saguni' on May 25!". IndiaGlitz. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  20. ^ "Audio of Saguni sets record". The Times of India.
  21. ^ "TAMIL TOP 20". 16 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  22. ^ "Saguni - G.V. Prakash Kumar - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 1 January 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Sakuni - G.V. Prakash Kumar - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 1 January 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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  29. ^ Saguni Telugu rights were sold for 8 crore
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  32. ^ "Saguni Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  33. ^ Shakuni succeededs in Andhra

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