Thanga Magan (1983 film)

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Thanga Magan
Thanga Magan 1983 poster.jpg
Directed byA. Jagannathan
Written byS. Jagadeesan (dialogues)
Screenplay bySathya Movies Story Dept.
Story bySathya Movies Story Dept.
Produced byV. Thamizhazhagan
G. Thyagarajan
Poornima Jayaram
CinematographyViswam Nataraj
Edited byK. R. Krishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Sathya Movies
Release date
  • 4 November 1983 (1983-11-04)
Running time
140 minutes

Thanga Magan (transl. Golden son) is a 1983 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by A. Jagannathan, starring Rajinikanth and Poornima Jayaram. The film was released on 4 November 1983 and became a success.


Arun is the haughty and belligerent son of rich parents Chidambaram and Annapoorani. Arun runs into constant tiffs with a pretty but combative hotel dancer, Chitra and eventually they both fall in love. One night, when a hit man Kali, sent by his rivals attempts to murder Arun in his house and Chidambaram seems to recognise the hitman and lets him escape, Arun confronts his father to know the truth. Chidambaram reveals to Arun that he is not his real son and years ago he and Kali had been deputed to kill the infant Arun and his mother by Arun's own father. But the kind-hearted Chidambaram had decided to adopt and raise Arun as his son.

In another twist, Arun finds out that his real mother is Laxmi, an abandoned woman who had been living in Chitra's house. Arun is distraught when Chidambaram's version of the events of yore raise questions and doubts about a reticent Laxmi's past and morality. Laxmi later reveals to all how she had been deceived to lie in court of being immoral and later ordered to be killed by her criminal husband Velliangiri as a part of his nefarious designs to save his associate Rajalingam. Velliangiri and Rajalingam who had in fact sent Kali to eliminate Arun, now aim to kill Laxmi as well when they learn she is alive. Once the truth about her witness statement is known in the case of the murder, Laxmi is arrested. While Arun tries to bail her out, Chidambaram is forced to take her from jail due to the threat to Annapoorani's life. Laxmi is then captured by Velliangiri and is tied up in his bungalow. Arun enters the bungalow as Reddy garu for the sake of espionage and to inform the police of Laxmi's whereabouts. Arun battles to protect his mother and bring his criminal father and Rajalingam to justice in the rest of the story.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1][2]

No. Song Singer(s) Lyrics Length
1 "Adukku Malligai" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Na. Kamarasan 4:15
2 "Machaana Paaradi" S. Janaki, Vani Jairam Vairamuthu 4:28
3 "Poomaalai" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 6:13
4 "Raathiriyil Poothirukum" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Pulamaipithan 4:07
5 "Vaa Vaa Pakkam Vaa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam Muthulingam 5:02


The film was released on 4 November 1983 and became a super hit among 1983 Diwali releases.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Thanga Magan (1983)". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Thangamagan Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraja". Mossymart. Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Before Annaatthe, five successful Deepavali releases of Rajinikanth". The Times of India. 3 November 2021. Archived from the original on 3 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  4. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (4 December 1983). "தங்க மகன்". Kalki (in Tamil). Retrieved 8 August 2022.

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