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Siva (1989 Tamil film)

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Directed byAmeerjan
Written byVedham Pudhithu Kannan (dialogues)
Screenplay byAnanthu
Story byRakesh Kumar
Produced byRajam Balachander
Pushpa Kandaswamy
Sowcar Janaki
CinematographyC. S. Ravibabu
Edited byS. S. Nazir
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 5 May 1989 (1989-05-05)
Running time
157 minutes

Siva is a 1989 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by Ameerjan. The film stars Rajinikanth, Raghuvaran, Sowcar Janaki and Shobana. It is a remake of the 1977 Hindi film Khoon Pasina.[1] The film was released on 5 May 1989 and became a box-office bomb.


The film begins with Siva (Rajinikanth) and John (Raghuvaran) as kids, they are close friends like their fathers.A villain kills their families except for Siva, John, and John's mother, but John does not know that Siva and his mother were alive and vice versa. 20 years later, Siva falls in love with Parvathy (Shobana) and marries her. John is a hired goon who will do only good deeds. John is hired by the same villain to kill Siva and during the fight both get injured and finally they come to know that they are childhood friends. Eventually, both of them unite and fight the bad guy who killed their family.



The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2][3] The song "Iruvizhiyin" is set in Hamsadhvani raga.[4]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Ada Maappillai" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Saibaba Pulamaipithan 06:15
"Adi Kannaathaal" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:36
"Adi Vaanmathi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 04:29
"Iruvizhiyin" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 04:25
"Velli Kizhamai" Ilaiyaraaja, K. S. Chithra Vaali 04:32

Release and reception[edit]

Siva was released on 5 May 1989,[5] and became a box-office bomb.[6] P. S. S. of Kalki gave the film a negative review citing how would it be if a film was made in a frenzy to show off Rajini style in a fight? just like Shiva.[7] The film was dubbed in Telugu as Tiger Siva, released on 19 January 1990.[8]


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  3. ^ "Siva Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 20 October 2022. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  4. ^ ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் ஆர். (13 July 2018). "ராகயாத்திரை 13: 'தேர் கொண்டு சென்றவன் யாரென்று சொல்லடி'". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  5. ^ "சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினிகாந்த் - ஒரு சரித்திரம் | சூப்பர் ஸ்டாரின் திரைக்காவியங்களின் பட்டியல்கள்". Lakshman Sruthi (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 24 September 2022. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Rajinikanth's 10 Biggest FLOPS". Rediff.com. 28 May 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  7. ^ பி. எஸ். எஸ். (28 May 1989). "சிவா". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 17. Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  8. ^ "Tiger Siva". Indiancine.ma. Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 5 August 2021.

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