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Maharaja is a 2011 Tamil film written and directed by Manoharan and produced by J. Ravi. The film stars Sathya, Anjali, and Nassar[3][4][5] in the lead roles. The music was composed by D. Imman with cinematography done by V. Lakshmapathy and editing by P. Sai Suresh.

Maharaja Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byD. Manoharan
Produced byJ. Ravi
Written byD. Manoharan
Music byD. Imman
CinematographyV. Lakshmapathy
Edited byP. Sai Suresh
Jeyaram Company
Release date
  • 30 December 2011 (2011-12-30)



Mahadevan (Nassar) is a middle-aged government employee who leads a very normal family life with his wife, son, and father. He lives a budget life, rides an old scooter, wears out-of-fashion clothes, and bears a sullen expression on his face for all the reasons above. He is unhappy with his present life, which is monotonous, and feels that he should lives a modernized life which he has missed in his earlier life. In this day and age, with westernization overpowering everything else, he is constantly reminded of a flame that died out long ago, and it questions the purpose of his existence. Meanwhile, Aravind (Sathya), who comes from America, lives a very modern life. He works in a software company in Chennai. Mahadevan happens to meet Aravind and comes to know that he is his nephew. Both of them become very close. Aravind helps Mahadevan enjoy the modern life, which causes Mahadevan’s family to suffer greatly with his activities. However, Aravind turns a new lease of life when he falls for Priya (Anjali). He changes his poor characters for his love. Aravind comes to understand the real life and feels that he would only spoil his uncle’s life. How he helps his uncle through this midlife crisis forms the rest of the story.



The film was launched in March 2009 with Nassar being roped in by the debutant director Manoharan to star in the lead role, with the veteran actor allotting 35 days to shoot for the film, four times as lengthy as he would offer for other roles.[6] Sathya, Anjali and Anita Hassanandani were roped in to essay other leading roles in the film while Karunas and Saranya were selected to play supporting roles. The film was briefly delayed before remaining portions were completed in Malaysia in a 40-day schedule by December 2010.[7] The film remained unreleased for a year, before hitting screens on 30 December 2011.

Critical receptionEdit

Rohit Ramachandran of rated it 2.5/5 stating that "Mahaaraja, a comic take on midlife crisis is refreshingly funny and Nassar keeps the laughs coming by providing justice to a well-written character.".[8] With all the promotions, it was a box office flop.


The film score and soundtrack for Maharaja was composed by D. Imman. The album consists of six tracks, featuring lyrics penned by Na. Muthukumar, P. Vijay, Snehan, Dr. Kiruthiya, Yugabharathi, and Viveka.

Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
D. Imman chronology
Uchithanai Muharnthaal
Manam Kothi Paravai
Song Title Singers
"Adida Dammaaram" D. Imman, Roshini
"Are Dhammare" Ananthu, Neha Bhasin
"Hello Nanbaa" Vijay Yesudas
"Mexi Mexican Lady" Hariharan
"My Name Is Raju Baby" Benny Dayal, Nassar, Sricharan
"Raaja Raaja Mahaaraaja" Karthik, M. L. R. Karthikeyan, Solar Sai


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  2. ^ "8 releases on 2011's last Friday". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Nasser has become Maharaja". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  4. ^ "'Maharaja' promises a different fare". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Maharaja". oneindia. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Mr. Versatile". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 13 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Showbitz". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 17 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Maharaja Review - Tamil Movie Review by Rohit Ramachandran". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012.