Indira (film)

Indira is a 1995 Tamil film co-written and directed by Suhasini Manirathnam. It features Anu Hasan (cousin of the actress Suhasini) in the title role with Arvind Swamy, Radharavi, Nassar and Ashwini of Uthiri Pookal fame, Anu Hasan's mother and wife of Nassar. A. R. Rahman composed the film's score and soundtrack, while Santosh Sivan handled the film's cinematography.[1][2]

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Directed bySuhasini Maniratnam
Produced byG. Venkateswaran
Written bySuhasini Maniratnam (Story & Dialogue)
Screenplay bySuhasini Maniratnam
Mani Ratnam
StarringAnu Hasan
Arvind Swamy
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Edited by
Distributed byAalayam Productions
Release date
11 May 1995
Running time
137 mins


The film revolves around a group of villagers from Maranur, India, and their clash with a neighbouring village leader as their community begins to prosper. Soon, money and greed threaten a will for peaceful coexistence between the two rivalling communities. The main theme involves the role of the caste system and how the younger generation strive to overcome it.



Suhasini offered the title role to her cousin Anuradha, daughter of producer Chandrahasan, and the actress has since noted that "it was a heavy subject for a newcomer. But I was moved by the story line and there were occasions when I was overwhelmed with emotion. Not once did I use glycerine for tearful scenes".[3] V. Priya worked as an assistant director during the making of the film.[4]


Indira was later dubbed and released in Hindi as Priyanka. The film won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, winning Santosh Sivan the award for Best Cinematographer as well as a Special Jury Award for the film itself.[5] The film however remains the only feature film that Suhasini has directed in her career.[6]


Soundtrack album by
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFilm soundtrack
Lahari Music
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology

Tamil track list

All lyrics are written by Vairamuthu; all music is composed by A. R. Rahman.

1."Nila Kaikiradhu" (Female)Harini3:22
2."Nila Kaikiradhu" (Male)Hariharan4:20
3."Odakara Marimuthu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sirkazhi G. Sivachidambaram3:57
4."Thoda Thoda Malarndhadhenna"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:07
5."Ini Achcham Achcham Illai"Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram, G. V. Prakash, Shweta Mohan, Esther5:17
6."Munnerudhan"T. L. Maharajan, Swarnalatha2:02

Telugu track list

All lyrics are written by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry; all music is composed by A. R. Rahman.

1."Jai Andamantha"Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram, G. V. Prakash, Shweta Mohan5:21
2."E Balla Kattu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:00
3."Tholi Tholi"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:11
4."Laali Laali" (Female)Hariharan4:19
5."Eruvaka"T. L. Maharajan, Swarnalatha2:04
6."Laali Laali" (Male)Harini3:27

Hindi track list

Hariharan sang the song "Thoda Thoda Pyar", the Hindi version of "Thoda Thoda Malarndhadhenna" originally. But S. P. Balasubrahmanyam who sang the original Tamil version was extremely moved by the tune and wanted to sing the Hindi version also.

All lyrics are written by P. K. Mishra; all music is composed by A. R. Rahman.

1."Khili Chandni Hame"Harini3:22
2."Kili Chandni Hame"Hariharan4:20
3."Koi Yahan Bhanumati Koi Yahan Roopmati"Udit Narayan, Mano3:57
4."Thoda Thoda Pyar"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:07
5."Yeh Jaati Paati Kaisi"Sujatha Mohan, Anuradha Sriram, G. V. Prakash, Shweta Mohan, Aditya Narayan5:17
6."Barasnewali Hai Barkha"Mano, Swarnalatha2:02
7."Thoda Thoda Pyar-2"Hariharan, K. S. Chithra5:07


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  2. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Gossip from the southern film industry". 3 November 1998. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Archive News". The Hindu. 9 December 2006. Archived from the original on 22 December 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Archive News". The Hindu. 26 September 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Suhasini back to direction - Bollywood Movie News". 13 June 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2016.

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