Durai (film)

Durai is a 2008 Indian Tamil action film directed by A. Venkatesh starring Arjun and Kirat Bhattal. It was considered as a average grosser at the box office. The film was dubbed in Telugu as Gajendra and in Hindi as Garjana (2010).

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. Venkathesh
Produced byP. L. Thenappan
Written byG. K. Gopinath (dialogues)
Screenplay byArjun Sarja
Story byArjun
Kirat Bhattal
Suma Guha
Vincent Asokan
Music byD. Imaan
CinematographyV. Lekshmipathy
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Distributed byAyngaran International Media
Release date
  • 1 October 2008 (2008-10-01)
Running time
151 minutes


Raja (Arjun) works with a cook Arusuvai Ambi (Vivek). Raja comes across Anjali (Kirat Bhattal), who catches his interest. She falls for Raja, but he cannot remember anything of his past. All he recollects are vague images and memories that disturb him in his sleep. After a sequence of events and a chase by rowdies, Raja collects his past.

Raja, a year ago, was Durai, the close associate of honest politician Deivanayagam (K. Viswanath). Durai, who leads a happy life with his wife Meena (Gajala) and son, is hesitant to assume the post. Anjali, a reporter, pursues him for interviews and falls in love. Deivanayagam is killed, and the blame falls on Dorai. His wife and son are murdered. Eventually, Dorai alias Raja takes on his enemies and cracks the truth behind Deivanayakam's death. Action oozes all the way.



The soundtrack was composed by D. Imman and he remixed yesteryear chartbuster hit "Raja Rajathi" from Agni Natchathiram composed by Ilayaraja [1]

No. Song Title Singers
1 Adi Aathi Jassie Gift, Mukesh, Chinmayi Ramya NSK, Timmy
2 Aayiram Aayiram S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
3 Raja Rajathi Karthik
4 Unnai Maathiri Udit Narayan, Jacob Houtinghksz, Shreya Ghoshal
5 Veddaikkum Sonthakkaran Karthik, Saloni

Critical receptionEdit

Indiaglitz wrote "Loads of action is the hallmark of any Arjun film. Durai is no different from his routine commercial action entertainers, where he takes on baddies, fights corrupt system and romances heroines. Director A Venkatesh seemingly inspired by Hollywood flicks like Bourne Identity and Gladiator."[2] Behindwoods wrote "Overall, Durai is a regular Arjun movie that fails to provide the regular entertainment. The weak story and loose script are the major drawbacks and with all his experience in tinsel town, Arjun ought to have done better. Even the trademark action sequences are missing with only the climax fight justifying the title of Action King."[3]


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