Thanikattu Raja

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Thanikattu Raja
Thanikattu Raja poster.jpg
Directed byV. C. Guhanathan
Written byV. C. Guhannathan
Produced byD. Ramanaidu
CinematographyP. S. Nivas
Edited byK. M. Marthand
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 12 March 1982 (1982-03-12)
Running time
153 minutes

Thanikattu Raja (transl. The lone king of the forest) is a 1982 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by V. C. Guhanathan, and Produced by D. Ramanaidu.[1] It stars Rajinikanth, Sridevi and Sripriya, with Jaishankar, Vijayakumar, Sathyakala and Y. Gee. Mahendra in supporting roles. The film was a hit at the box office especially B and C centre.[2][3] the film had music by Ilayaraja and cinematography handled by P. S. Nivas.


Soori (Rajinikanth) is a rebellious young man who works as a mechanic and often lands in trouble fighting for justice. He falls in love with a rich girl Vaani (Sridevi), but Vaani's father plots to break their relationship through his manager (Vijayakumar). In the ensuing melee, Soori murders the manager to save Vaani's honour. Soori is about to be sentenced to death and Vaani finds that the only way she can save Soori is by marrying a rich, roguish man (Jaishankar) who uses his money to get Soori's death penalty commuted to a prison term.

After his release, Soori is distraught at losing Vaani and takes to drinking. He moves to his village where he becomes immensely popular among the villagers due to his righteous work and progressive activities. He offers protection to a village damsel Vidhya (Sripriya) to escape from being forced to be a prostitute and later marries her but still remains alcoholic. Vaani meets and advises him to stop drinking and turn over a new leaf. Despite being abused by her husband and falsely accused of hobnobbing with Soori, Vaani maintains the sanctity of her marriage. Whether Soori and Vaani's lives return to normal forms the rest of the story.



According to Jump Cut, Thanikattu Raja "explores the connections between landlords and politicians, who together oppress the rural population".[4]



The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and had six songs. "Mullai Arumbe" did not feature in the movie but was part of the album. The lyrics for the songs were written by Vaali and Panchu Arunachalam.[5]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Duration (mm:ss)
1 "Naan Thaan Taapu" Vaali S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:32
2 "Santhana Kaatre S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 3:47
3 "Naan Thaanda Ippo Devadas" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:23
4 "Koovungal Sevalgale" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:30
5 "Raasaave Unna Naan Ennithan" S. P. Sailaja 4:29
6 "Mullai Arumbe" Panchu Arunachalam Malaysia Vasudevan, [S. Janaki 4:24

Brij Bihari wrote the lyrics for all the songs in the Hindi dubbed version.[6]

No. Title Singer(s) Duration (mm:ss)
1 "Aaj Ka Dada Main Ban Gaya" Shailendra Singh 4:23
2 "Dafli Baje Kya Kahe" Shailendra Singh 4:30
3 "Dil Kya Jaan Bhi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam 4:32
4 "Khilti Kali Yeh Roop Tera" Mahendra Kapoor, Alka Yagnik 3:47
5 "Saanson Mein Sargam" Alka Yagnik 4:29


  1. ^ "மதுரகீதம் படத்தின் மூலம் டைரக்டர் ஆனார் வி.சி.குகநாதன்". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 22 July 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ "கின்னஸ் தயாரிப்பாளர் டி.ராமா நாயுடு பேரனுக்கு போலீஸ் வலை". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 5 January 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Tani Kattu Raja (1982)". Suresh Productions. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Vinyl ("LP" record) covers speak about IR (Pictures & Details) - Thamizh - Page 5". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ Arunachalam, Param (14 April 2020). BollySwar: 1981 - 1990. Mavrix Infotech Private Limited. ISBN 978-81-938482-2-7.

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