|Directed by||Chithra Lakshmanan|
|Written by||Vietnam Veedu Sundaram (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Chithra Lakshmanan|
|Story by||Chithra Lakshmanan|
|Produced by||Chithra Ramu|
|Edited by||P. Mohan Raj|
Soora Samhaaram (transl. Slaying of the demon) is a 1988 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Chithra Lakshmanan and written by Vietnam Veedu Sundaram. The film stars Kamal Haasan in the role of police officer, ACP Athi Veerapandiyan. The film was later dubbed in Telugu-language as Police Diary and released on 16 September 1988.
Pandian and Arun are police officers. Divya is a drug addict who cannot stop her habit even though her brother Arun pleads. One day Arun locks her up, but she dies from withdrawal. Devastated, Arun decides to take revenge on Mohandas, the kingpin of the drug mafia, but Mohandas kills him in an airport restroom. Sudha's young brother happens to watch this murder but is terrified to make this public. Pandian, who is in-charge of this case, zeroes in Sudha and her brother as witnesses, but she refuses. But when Madhuri pleads for her help, she decides to help Pandian, but now Pandian is abducted by Mohandas's men and forcefully turn him into a drug addict. The climax reveals whether Pandian nabs the drug lord and complete the revenge of his friend Arun.
- Kamal Haasan as ACP Athi Veerapandiyan/ Pandian
- Nirosha as Sudha
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Arun
- Pallavi as Divya
- Madhuri as Arun's wife
- Kitty as Mohandas
- Janagaraj as Jana
- Captain Raju as Chakkaravarthy (Voice Dubbed by Delhi Ganesh)
- Rajyalakshmi as Chakkaravarthy's Daughter
- Venniradai Moorthy as Mohandas's Labour
- Thakkali Srinivasan as Dileep
- Master Meenuraj as Sudha's Brother
- Kuyli (Special Appearance in the song 'Vedhalam Vanthiruku')
The Soundtrack of the movie consist of 4 songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Aadum Neram Ithuthaan"||Gangai Amaran||P. Susheela||4:30|
|2.||"Naan Enbathu Nee Allava"||Gangai Amaran||Arun Mozhi, K. S. Chithra||4:25|
|3.||"Neela Kuyile Solai Kuyile"||Gangai Amaran||Arun Mozhi, K. S. Chithra||4:23|
|4.||"Vedhalam Vandhirukuthu"||Ilaiyaraaja||Mano, S. P. Sailaja||4:20|
|1.||"Manakosam Madhumasam"||Rajashri||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:23|
|2.||"Naa Oopiri Neevenule"||Rajashri||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:25|
|3.||"Vacchaadu Aggipidugu"||Rajashri||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja & Chorus||4:20|
|4.||"Aade Eedu Needi Naadi"||Rajashri||K. S. Chithra||4:30|
N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "Soora Samharam is destined to be somewhat muffled in its explosive impact with the entertaining vein and progressively thinning". The film ran over 100 days in many centres. Sivaji Ganesan presided over the 100-day success celebration which was held on Kamalhassan's birthday Ilaiyaraaja won the Cinema Express Award for Best Music Director.
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