Chatriyan (The warrior) is a 1990 Indian Tamil crime-drama film, written and produced by Mani Ratnam, and directed by K. Subash, assistant of Mani Ratnam. The film stars Vijayakanth, Revathi, Bhanupriya, and Thilakan in the lead roles. The film has Vijayakanth playing the role of an honest cop and Thilakan as a corrupt politician in the main villain role. This film is one of the super hit films of the early 90s and has attained cult status. It was also dubbed into Telegu as Kshatriyudu. The film features a highly acclaimed soundtrack and background score composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
|Directed by||K. Subash|
|Produced by||Mani Ratnam|
|Written by||A. Varunan |
|Screenplay by||Mani Ratnam|
|Story by||Mani Ratnam|
|Cinematography||Y. N. Murali|
|Distributed by||Aalayam Productions|
ACP Panneer Selvam aka Sathriyan (Vijayakanth), an honest cop, gathers enough evidence against a local goon Arumai Nayagam aka Annachi (Thilakan). Annachi is sent to prison. He avenges his arrest by killing Sathriyan's wife Jaya (Revathi). Since then, Sathriyan quits the police force and takes care of his children, renting an apartment owned by V. K. Ramaswamy. Banu (Bhanupriya), the apartment owner's granddaughter, gets introduced to Sathriyan's children and starts mingling with them, eventually falling in love with Sathriyan. Meanwhile, Annachi is released from prison and realizes that he does not carry the same respect as he used to before going to jail. Annachi challenges Sathriyan to join the police and fight him again. Sathriyan initially rejects the offer. Annachi tries to provoke Sathriyan by attacking his home and son. Out of frustration over his son's attack, Sathriyan joins the police and fights Annachi. Sathriyan's fight against Annachi forms the rest of the plot.
The music was scored by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali. Reportedly, the songs of this film were composed in just one and a half hours by Ilaiyaraaja. The song "Maalayil Yaaro" was hugely popular and was set in Suddhadhanyasi raga.
Chathriyan topped the Chennai box office on its opening weekend with ₹12 lakh distributor share.
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