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Gentleman (1993 film)

Gentleman is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language vigilante action film written and directed by S. Shankar, marking his debut, and produced by K. T. Kunjumon. It stars Arjun and Madhoo in the lead roles while Goundamani, Senthil, Charan Raj, Subhashri, and Vineeth play supporting roles. The film's music (score and soundtrack) was composed by A. R. Rahman. The choreography in the film was viewed as a highlight. This high-budget production won positive reviews[2] and became a blockbuster at the box office.[3] The film was remade in Hindi as The Gentleman in 1994, by Mahesh Bhatt, starring Chiranjeevi.

Gentleman 1993 poster.jpg
Directed byShankar
Produced byK. T. Kunjumon
Written byBalakumaran (Dialogue)
Screenplay byShankar
Story byShankar
Charan Raj
Music byA. R. Rahman
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Distributed byA. R. S. Film International
Release date
  • 30 July 1993 (1993-07-30)
Running time
160 mins
Budget1 crore (equivalent to 5.4 crore or US$780,000 in 2018)
Box office3 crore (equivalent to 16 crore or US$2.3 million in 2018)


In Ooty, Krishnamoorthy alias Kicha (Arjun) and Mani (Goundamani) perform a swashbuckling heist of money of several crores while being in disguise diverting the attention of police, and escape in Nilgiri Mountain Railway, much to the frustration of a chasing police officer named Ratnam (Ajay Rathnam).

Kicha is a respected citizen who runs a home-based pappadam business along with Mani in Chennai. Susheela (Madhoo), one of Kicha's many female employees, has a crush on him and is constantly demanding his attention. Another thing adding to her woes is the arrival of her jovial cousin Sugandhi (Subhashri). She makes the place so lively and playful with silly fights between Mani and Babloo (Senthil). Sugandhi later develops a crush on Kicha, especially after being saved by him from some molesting goons. Kicha reveals to her that he has no such feelings for her and wants her to find a suitable mate. Before leaving Chennai, Sugandhi steals Kicha's ring as a souvenir.

After several unsuccessful attempts at nabbing the thief, a disgraced Azhagar Nambi (Charan Raj) shaves his head and is left with a ring mark on his face, after a scuffle with the thief. On investigating, he later realizes that the mark was formed by a ceremonial ring worn by Brahmin priests, but to his vain, finds that the specific design of this ring is uncommon to Brahmin priests, but rather resembles a mangalsutra. Nambi is forced by his parents into getting married and by coincidence to Sugandhi, from whom he gets the particular ring he was tracking and finds out that it belongs to Kicha. In an attempt to trap and arrest Kicha, Nambi plots an attempt at Kicha's house where they were invited for a wedding dinner, hosted by Kicha, where he shoots Kicha, but the latter narrowly escapes with a bullet injury in his hand, along with Mani. Susheela follows them to their hideout, where Susheela finds the duo and accuses Kicha for his deed.

After Susheela threatens to commit suicide, Kicha reveals his flashback about his student life as a district level topper along with his best friend Ramesh (Vineeth), and when they both were denied their desired medical college seats due to bribery, that leads to the tragic suicides of Kicha's mother Ponnamal (Manorama) and Ramesh. Since then, Kicha became a thief to build a college of his own, where he desires to make education available to the deserved without any difference to poor, rich, or any caste.

In order to fund the final stages of the college building, aware of the police trap, Kicha makes one last attempt to steal money from the Chief Minister (Rajan P. Dev), resulting in success, but Nambi gains the upper hand in arresting him. In the courtroom, Kicha demands the State CM should come to the courtroom, who was the then educational minister who demanded the bribe from him. Though the CM is exposed to the public, he is still let off, which infuriates a youth who was aspired by the ideologies of Kicha. The youth kills the minister by planting a bomb on himself.

During the end credits, it is shown that Kicha serves his jail sentence and subsequently inaugurates the medical college for the poor students after his release.


Special appearances in "Chikku Bukku Rayile" song


After scoring back-to-back successes like Vasanthakala Paravai (1991) and Suriyan (1992), producer K. T. Kunjumon wanted to collaborate again with director Pavithran and actor R. Sarathkumar; however since they went on to do other projects, the collaboration did not happen. Photographer Stills Ravi and editor V. T. Vijayan suggested the name of S. Shankar who worked as an assistant in these two films. Impressed with Shankar's story, he decided to produce the film, Gentleman.[4] Arjun Sarja was selected to portray the lead role after attempts to sign Sarathkumar failed.[4][2]

The climax scene where a student sacrifices his life by killing the film's antagonist was inspired from the assassination of Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa.[4] Kunjumon insisted Shankar to rewrite the climax by adding this element, much to the dissatisfaction of Arjun, who felt that his heroism would get diluted. However, Kunjumon was adamant about the climax and it was shot as per his wish.[4]


Gentleman: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
Ayngaran Music
Aditya Music
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Pudhiya Mugam
Gentleman: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Kizhakku Cheemayile
Singles from Gentleman: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Chikku Bukku Rayile"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Ottagathai Kattiko"
    Released: 1993

The score and soundtrack of the movie was composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Vairamuthu and Vaali.[5] Gentleman marked the beginning of a famed collaboration between A. R. Rahman and director S. Shankar. The film and soundtrack were dubbed and released in Telugu with the same name. The lyrics were penned by Rajashri for this version.[6]

The choreography was done by Prabhu Deva, who also made an appearance in the song "Chikku Bukku Rayile", written by Vaali.

The soundtrack earned A. R. Rahman, his second Filmfare Best Music Director Award of the year 1993. He also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his work. Sujatha got the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback for her rendition of the track "En Veettu Thotathil".

A Gentleman instrumental adaptation album was subsequently released on Lahari and became a runaway success. The track "Ottagathai Kattiko" soundtracked a BBC fashion show. The song is based on Carnatic rāgam Dharmavati.[7] The song "Paakathe" is based on Mohanam raga.[8]

Tamil version (Original)
1."En Veetu Thotathil"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha Mohan3:56
2."Usalampatti Penkutti"Shahul Hameed, Swarnalatha4:41
3."Chikku Bukku Rayile"Suresh Peters, G. V. Prakash Kumar5:24
4."Parkathey"Minmini, Srinivas, Noel James4:29
5."Ottagathai Kattiko"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:15
Telugu version (Dubbed)
1."Kontegaadni Kattuko"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki5:15
2."Chikubuku Raile"Suresh Peters, G. V. Prakash5:24
3."Naa Inti Mundunna"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha Mohan3:51
4."Maavele Maavele"Minmini, Srinivas, Noel James4:29
5."Mudinepalli"Shahul Hameed, Malgudi Subha, Swarnalatha4:40



Kunjumon had to distribute the film on his own since no distributors were willing to buy this film as they felt "it looked like a dubbed film".[4] The film was released on 30 July 1993 and became a blockbuster at the box office.[4]

New Straits Times in its review dated August 14, 1993 stated: "Sankar .. has provided thought-provoking story [..] build up the story well, making us eager to find out why the hero is committing all those robberies."[2] Writing for The Indian Express, Malini Mannath said, "Shankar makes a promising debut infusing his script with action, sentiment, comedy and even some titillating scenes for added measure and tries to give something different within the parameters of commercial cinema. Jeeva's camera is effective in capturing the well choreographed stunt scenes (Vikram Bharma)."[9]


  1. ^ "Gentleman". The Indian Express. Madras. 30 July 1993. p. 3. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Catchy songs pep up Gentleman's story". New Strait Times. 14 August 1993.
  3. ^ "Festival's flops and surprises". The Indian Express. 10 December 1993.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Menon, Vishal (21 July 2018). "KT Kunjumon and 25 years of 'Gentleman'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Gentleman Tamil movie songs". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Gentleman Songs Telugu". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  7. ^ Anand, S. (3 August 2009). "Medley Messiah". Outlook. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  8. ^ Mani, Charulatha (16 September 2011). "A Raga's Journey - Magical Mohanam". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Daring and caring". The Indian Express. 6 August 1993.

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