Maanagara Kaaval (English: City Police) is a 1991 Tamil action thriller film directed by M. Thiyagarajan. The film stars Vijayakanth and Suma in the lead roles. This is 150th film of AVM Productions. It is loosely based on the Mammootty-starrer 1 August. The movie was a blockbuster. The movie ran for more than 150 days in some theatres. It was dubbed in Telugu as City Police.[2]

Maanagara Kaaval
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Directed byM. Thiyagarajan
Produced byM. Saravanan
M. Balasubramaniam
Written byM. Thiyagarajan
Liaquat Ali Khan (dialogues)
M. N. Nambiar
Music byChandrabose
Edited byG. Jayachandran
Distributed byAVM Productions
Release date
29 June 1991[1]
Running time
150 minutes


Metha, a senior politician, is enraged when a junior Roopavathi (Lakshmi) is made the Prime Minister of India. Though he pretends to accept his party's decision, he secretly plots to eliminate her. Meanwhile, a high profile officer is killed in Delhi by a professional killer, Robin (Anandaraj) and Vidya (Suma) witnesses the murder.

Vidya temporarily relocates to Tamil Nadu and falls in love with Subash (Vijayakanth), an honest IPS officer who is mourning the loss of his beloved sister. He manages to impress Rupavathy by arresting Vannai Varathan (Thiyagu), an MP from her party, for creating social unrest. She gives him a green signal and Varathan is arrested. Varathan swears revenge. As the story progresses Subash begins to develop feelings for Vidya.

Robin who arrives in Chennai tries to murder Vidya. But Subash catches him and under the orders of his superior, IG Jayaprakash (M. N. Nambiar), he accompanies Robin to Delhi so as to hand him over to the Delhi police. Vidya also joins them. Robin manages to escape with the help of his gang who pretend to be the concerned police officers and Subash is suspended. However, Subash swears to find the culprits and stays in Vidya's house in Delhi. He is confronted by Gowtham IPS (Nassar) who was supposed to have taken Robin from the airport and accuses him of aiding an anarchist. Subash on the contrary believes Gowtham to be a mole.

After spotting and chasing Robin, Subash, much to his horror, comes across his dead sister. She reveals the circumstances that forced her to land there and also says that Gowtham is her husband. Parallel to these incidents it is shown that Robin was hired by Metha to assassinate Roopavathi. The person whom the latter murdered in the beginning of the movie was Roopavathi Chief Security Officer. Metha is indirectly helped by Vannai Varathan who is out of the prison.

Subash discovers that the Inspector General of the Delhi police is the actual mole. However, before he can extract more information the IG is killed. With the help of Gowtham, Subash manages to inform Roopavathi about Metha's treachery. Still she is unable to take action against him due to his support and clean image in the party. Robin and his associates kidnaps and imprisons Gowtham, Subash and his sister. After a prolonged struggle, Subash frees himself and kills Robin and Metha while an attempt was made on the life of Roopavathi.



The music was composed by Chandrabose.[3][4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Kaalai Neram" K. J. Yesudas Vaali 04:21
2 "Thodi Raagam Paadava" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra 04:57
3 "Thiruvarur Thanga Thear" S. P. Sailaja 03:59
4 "Vandikkaran Sontha Ooru" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja 05:03
5 "Thalai Vari Poochudum" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 04:36


The Indian Express wrote "Even a film that sheet anchors itself on thrilling action, [..] in credibility by neat characterisation [..] but Maanagara Kaaval doesnt waste time on these."[5]