Thaayin Manikodi

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Thaayin Manikodi
Directed byArjun
Written byArjun
K. C. Thangam
Produced byD. Sudhakar Raju
Nivedita Jain
CinematographyK. S. Selvaraj
Edited byP. Sai Suresh
Music byVidyasagar
Sree Lakshmi Devi Associates
Release date
  • 29 August 1998 (1998-08-29)
Running time
152 mins

Thaayin Manikodi is a 1998 Indian Tamil action drama film written and directed by Arjun, who also starred in the lead role. It stars him alongside an ensemble cast including Tabu and Nivedita Jain. The film narrates the tale of a sincere police officer who thwarts the plans of a major terrorist by saving some highly confidential documents from falling into the wrong hands. Featuring music by Vidyasagar, the film began production in late 1997 and was released on 29 August 1998.[1][2]



The film was first announced in January 1996, with director and lead actor Arjun initially casting Vijayashanti in a leading role.[3] However the actress later left the project after she had creative differences with the film's producer, Sudhakar Raju.[4] The film began production in October 1996 and took over a year to complete. Hindi actress Tabu and model Nivedita Jain were cast in key roles, with the latter subsequently making her debut in Tamil films. The film was named after a popular song from Arjun's previous film, Jai Hind (1994), which had a similar patriotic theme.[citation needed]

The film was shot extensively in foreign locations, with scenes filmed in locations in Hong Kong and Switzerland, which the team had to settle for after their visas for Canada were rejected.[5] Further scenes were also shot in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, with art director Thotta Tharani constructing sets for the film.[4] Production was delayed as a result of the FEFSI strike of 1997.[6]


Thaayin Manikodi
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by Vidyasagar.[7]

Track list
1."Nooraandukku Oru Murai"VairamuthuGopal Sharma, Devie Neithiyar05:15
2."Adi Raani Sultana"VairamuthuMano, Devie Neithiyar04:18
3."Mister Hollywood"VaasanGopal Sharma, Swarnalatha05:06
4."Sixteena Seventeena"VairamuthuGopal Sharma, Swarnalatha04:38
5."Uncle Uncle"VairamuthuS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Baby Sruthi Unnikrishnan, Baby Deepika05:06
6."Yahaan Ladki Hai"Pazhani BharathiVidyasagar, Sujatha Mohan04:26


The film was initially scheduled to release in November 1997 coinciding with the Diwali season, but was subsequently put on hold for several months.[4] The film was later released in August 1998, with the title card of the film including a tribute to the film's lead actress Nivedita Jain, who died before the film's release. The film received a good commercial response at the box office.[8][9]

Four years after the original release, the film was later dubbed and released in Telugu during November 2002 as Jaatiya Pattaakam.[10]


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