|Directed by||S. P. Muthuraman|
|Written by||AL Narayanan (dialogues)|
|Cinematography||T. S. Vinayagam|
|Edited by||R. Vittal,|
S. B. Mohan
|1 September 1985|
Sri Raghavendrar is a 1985 Tamil-language Hindu mythological film directed by S. P. Muthuraman and was produced by Kavithalaya Productions. The film stars Rajinikanth, portraying the title character (in his 100th film), in the lead. Lakshmi, Vishnuvardhan, Delhi Ganesh and Nizhalgal Ravi play prominent roles. The film is based on the life of Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami. The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics were written by Vaali. The dialogues for the film were written by A. L. Narayanan.
The cinematography was handled by T. S. Vinayagam while the editing was handled by the duo R. Vittal and S. B. Mohan. The film was later dubbed in Telugu as Sri Mantralaya Raghavendra Swamy Mahatyam. The film was released on 1 September 1985 to mixed reception with Rajinikanth's performance as a saint was widely praised. But the film failed at box office. Later, it was dubbed into Hindi as Shree Kishna Bhakt Raghavendra in 2007.
This film is the life of Sri Raghavendra, from Birth till his Mahasamadhi.
- Rajinikanth as Raghavendra Tirtha
- Lakshmi as Saraswati Bai, Sri Raghavendra's wife
- Vishnuvardhan as Devotee and successor of Sri Raghavendra, as Sri Yogenthra Tirtha
- Sathyaraj as Maqbool Khan, Nawab of Adoni
- Mohan as As one of his disciples, Mukuntha who went to get married at the Swami's blessings and was assisted by Him to eliminate the demon that came to Srikant's house
- Delhi Ganesh as Appanacharya (foremost disciple)
- Major Sundarrajan as King of Tanjavore
- Y. G. Mahendra as Guru Sri Sudeendrar’s disciple
- Somayajulu as Sri Sudeendrar, Guru of Sri Raghavendra
- Thengai Seenivasan as Priest
- Poornam Viswanathan as Devotee whose son accidentally dies but revived by Sri Raghavendra
- V.S. Raghavan as Srinivasacharya Devotee who mistreats G.Seenivasan's character Malapa as he is "Lower caste", but is later spiritually enlightened by Sri Raghavendra
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Venkanna, Diwan of Adoni who is initially portrayed as slow in learning and intelligence but with Sri Raghavendra's blessing becomes the smart minister in the Nawab's cabinet
- Senthamarai as Tamil Poet
- Janagaraj as Guru Sri Sudeendrar’s disciple
- Veeraraghavan as Seemasachar
- Srikant as Devotee who is blessed by Sri Raghavendra who protects this family by killing the demon character
- G. Sreenivasan as "Lower caste" person mistreated by V.S.Raghavan's character initially but blessed by Sri Raghavendra
- K.R.Vijaya as Devi Saraswathy
- Manorama as Saraswathi Bai's friend
- Ambika as Aparajita, Dancer in the court of the Tanjavore King character played by Major Sundarrajan
- Venniradai Moorthy
Sri Raghavendra was Rajinikanth's 100th film (including his other language films). The film featured Rajinikanth in the role of saint Sri Raghavendra Swami, different from the larger than life characters which he is known for and portrayed. Rajini who is a fan of Kannada actor Rajkumar, had seen his film called Mantralaya Mahime where Rajkumar portrayed Sri Raghavendra. Rajini approached SP Muthuraman to direct the film. Muthuraman was initially reluctant to direct a devotional film. Balachander encouraged and convinced him to take up the film thus in order to prepare himself to direct the film, Muthuraman watched various devotional films of A. P. Nagarajan who was known for such films. Prior to the start of the film, the team took the script first to the Swami's abode in Mantralayam, and got it blessed. They did the same thing with the first copy, post-completion.
Muthuraman told that during the 90-day schedule all the cast and crew of the film undergone the ritual of fasting on Thursday in reverence to lord's presence considering it was the mythological film.
Soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and lyrics for all songs were written by Vaali. The song "Parthale Theriyadha" is based on Anandabhairavi raga. The song "Aadal Kalaiye" is based on Charukesi raga. The song "Azhaikiran Madhavan" is based on Subhapantuvarali raga. The song "Ramanamam" is based on Mayamalavagowla raga. The song "Mazhaikkoru" is based on Amruthavarshini raga..The song "Unakum Enakum" is based on Vakulabharanam raga and later reused by American Musical group The Black Eyed Peas's bonus track The Elephunk Theme from their 2003 album Elephunk.
|1.||"Aadal Kalaiye"||K. J. Yesudas|
|2.||"Azhaikiraan Maathavan"||K. J. Yesudas, C. Dinesh|
|3.||"Kathiravan Ezhunthaan"||Malaysia Vasudevan|
|4.||"Mazhaikku Oru Devaney"||K. J. Yesudas|
|5.||"Paarthale Theriyaatha"||Manorama, Vani Jairam|
|6.||"Raama Naamam"||K. J. Yesudas, Vani Jayaram, Madurai Srinivasan|
|7.||"Unakkum Enakkum"||S. Janaki, Malaysia Vasudevan|
Rajinikanth won Cinema Express Award for Best Actor - Tamil. Daliya Ghose of Bollywood Mantra ranked the film fourth on her list of "Top 10 movies of Rajinikanth" in December 2013, saying: "This film brought out the human side of the actor". In May 2007, K. Balamurugan of Rediff ranked Sri Raghavendrar seventh on his list of "Rajni's Tamil Top 10" films. Behindwoods listed Rajinikanth's Raghavendra as one of his "Top 12 acting performances". In December 2013, The Times of India ranked the film eighth on its list of "Top 12 Rajinikanth movies". Rediff described the film in August 2015 as one of Rajinikanth's best.
G. Dhananjayan wrote that it is one of five films the actor considers "close to his heart"; the other four are Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri (1977), Mullum Malarum (1978), Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai (1979) and Enkeyo Ketta Kural (1982).
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