Thiruda Thiruda

Thiruda Thiruda (transl. Thief! Thief!) is a 1993 Indian Tamil language caper film directed by Mani Ratnam written along with Ram Gopal Varma. The film features Prashanth, Anand, Anu Aggarwal and Heera Rajgopal in the lead roles while S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Salim Ghouse play supporting roles. The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by A. R. Rahman while the cinematography was handled by P. C. Sriram.[2] In 1994, the film premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival.[3][4] It also won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects.

Thiruda Thiruda
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Directed byMani Ratnam
Produced byS. Sriram
Mani Ratnam (Uncredited)
Screenplay byMani Ratnam
Story byMani Ratnam
Ram Gopal Varma[1]
Anu Aggarwal
Heera Rajgopal
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Salim Ghouse
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyP. C. Sriram
Edited bySuresh Urs
Aalayam Productions
Distributed byAalayam Productions
Release date
13 November 1993
Running time
170 minutes


Printed Indian currency from the Reserve Bank of India security press at Nasik with an estimated value of 10 billion, is stolen by Vikram (Salim Ghouse), a gangster and drug dealer living in London. The container is shipped off from a goods carrier en route to New Delhi through Vikram's henchman. The access card of the container is in the possession of pop star Chandralekha (Anu Aggarwal). CBI SP Laxminarayanan IPS (S. P. Balasubramaniam) is assigned to track down the stolen currency, which had already been attested by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

On her way to Vikram, Chandralekha comes across two burglars – Kadhir (Anand) and Azhagu (Prashanth) – who are on the run from the police, having in tow country girl Rasathi (Heera Rajagopal), whom they kept from committing suicide and who then ran away from her ruthless uncle.

Laxminarayan's assignment will lead him to Ashok Tejani (Ajay Rathnam), then Kadhir and Azhagu. His efforts will be frustrated even more after Ashok is killed and his girlfriend Chandralekha is absconding; and the entry of Vikram, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the loot.

After some attempts of cheating each other, Chandralekha makes friends with the thieves. When she discovers that Vikram is stopping at nothing, especially not at dead bodies on his hunt after the loot, she informs the three others about the real value of the code card.

In the following pursuit between Vikram, the four heroes, and a special police brigade which has to get back the money before a state crisis comes about, there is not only fierce action, but also love comes to its own.



The National Art Gallery, one of the museum buildings in Government Museum, seen in the song "Chandralekha".

In late 1992, Mani Ratnam chose to make the caper film Thiruda Thiruda as his first directorial venture under his newly set-up production studio, Aalayam Productions, alongside his co-producer Sriram. When writing the script of the film, Mani Ratnam went on a recce with Ram Gopal Varma and both film-makers spent a few days each fine-tuning each other's scripts. While Varma worked on parts of Thiruda Thiruda, Mani Ratnam helped script Varma's political thriller film, Gaayam (1993). With the script of Thiruda Thiruda, he wanted to attempt the caper film genre for the first time and took Rajasekhar's Vikram (1986) and Varma's Kshana Kshanam (1991) as his initial inspirations.[5] He was also inspired by the ongoing financial scandal involving stockbroker Harshad Mehta, which had made Indian national news during early 1992 and chose to adapt his script accordingly.[5] The American film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) was another influence on Thiruda Thiruda.[6]

J. D. Chakravarthy was initially meant to play the role of Kadhir, and actress Kushboo's brother, Abdullah, had also taken a screen test for the role, before Anand was selected. Salim Ghouse, a renowned theatre artist, was roped into play an antagonist.[7] Before finalising Anu Aggarwal for a role, Mani Ratnam considered Dimple Kapadia but opted against signing her as he wanted to select an actress new to Tamil cinema.[8] Aishwarya, daughter of actress Lakshmi, was also approached for a role in the film but refused the opportunity. K. V. Anand was among P. C. Sriram's assistant cinematographers in the film.[9]


Malini Mannath wrote for The Indian Express on 19 November 1993, "Thiruda Thiruda is a technique conscious film that may seem sparkling and wondrous to the technique crazy cine-goer though it never really takes off after the interval."[10] The film won the National Film Award for Best Special Effects and National Film Award for Best Choreography for Sundaram.[11]


Thiruda Thiruda:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Thiruda Thiruda:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The soundtrack features 8 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. The film's songs are notable for two reasons—the introduction of relatively unknown vocalists into mainstream Tamil playback singing and the extensive use of experimental sounds, including (Western) orchestral elements and techno instrumental music in familiar Indian cinematic music settings. While vocalist Annupamaa in the technopop song Chandralekha and the Chinese singer Caroline[12] in Thee Thee sang their first mainstream songs, the late singer Shahul Hameed was roped in to sing Raasathi. Major innovations in Indian film music include a cappella in Raasathi and the incorporation of operatic and techno elements in the main theme and in Chandralekha, highly unpredictable rhythm and melodic pattern in Thee Thee. The song Veerapandi Kottayile became a big hit across South India, inspiring the tune for a popular Malayalam slogan, "Thekku Thekkoru Deshathu".[13]

The lyrics for Tamil version was penned by Vairamuthu while Rajashri and PK Mishra penned lyrics for Telugu and Hindi versions.

Tamil version
Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Kannum Kannum" Mano, Chorus 04:09
2 "Chandralekha" Annupamaa, Suresh Peters 05:45
3 "Veerapandi Kotayyile" K. S. Chithra, Mano, Unni Menon 06:31
6 "Thee Thee" Caroline, Noel James,[14][15] A. R. Rahman 04:57
5 "Raasathi" Shahul Hameed, Sujatha Mohan, Ganga Sitharasu, Minmini 04:17
4 "Putham Pudhu Bhoomi" K. S. Chithra, Mano 04:28
7 "Title Theme" Instrumental 01:00
8 "Aathukulla Ayira Meenu" Srinivas, Suresh Peters 01:26
Telugu version
Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
4 "Kotha Bangaru Lokam" K. S. Chithra, Mano 04:23
2 "Aakatayi" G. V. Prakash Kumar 00:23
3 "Konjam Neeru" Annupamaa 05:44
1 "Veerabobbili" K. S. Chithra, Unni Menon, Mano 06:27
5 "Kanulu Kanulanu" Mano 04:06
6 "Ettilona" Srinivas, Suresh Peters 01:22
7 "Sitaalu" Shahul Hameed 04:16
8 "Thee Theeyani" Sujatha Mohan 04:56
Hindi version
Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Chandralekha" Annupamaa 05:41
2 "Chor Chor" G. V. Prakash Kumar 00:24
3 "Dil Hi Sanam Dil" Sujatha Mohan 04:55
5 "Hum Bhi Tum Bhi" Udit Narayan, Mano 04:05
4 "Jhoom Jhoom" SPB, Chitra 04:33
6 "Joor Laga" Srinivas, Suresh Peters 01:28
7 "Pyaar Kabhi" K. S. Chithra, Udit Narayan, Mano 06:33


The song "Kannum Kannum" inspired a Tamil film titled Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal.[16]


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  9. ^ ", Movies: The rebirth of Aiswarya". 3 March 2000. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  10. ^ Mannath, Malini (19 November 1993). "Thiruda Thiruda". The Indian Express. p. 6.
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  12. ^ "Caroline". ganna. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Retail Plus Chennai: Variety on his menu". The Hindu. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  14. ^ Farzad Khaleel (29 March 2009). "Noel James". gaana. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  15. ^ "T. Selvakumar || Managing Director of Rahman's Music School". Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  16. ^ "dulquer tamil film: Dulquer's Tamil movie gets a title - Kannum Kannum Kollai Adithaal". The Times of India. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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