Ejamaan (transl. Leader) is a 1993 Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by R. V. Udhayakumar. It stars Rajinikanth and Meena in the lead roles. It was a blockbuster box office success and completed a 175-days run in 25 theaters,100 days in 50 theaters, 50 days in 75 theatres. It was later dubbed in Telugu as Rowdy Jamindar.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||R. V. Udayakumar|
|Produced by||M. Saravanan|
M. S. Guhan
|Written by||R. V. Udayakumar|
Gokula Krishnan (dialogues)
|Edited by||B. S. Nagaraj|
|Distributed by||AVM Productions|
|18 February 1993|
Vaanavaraayan (Rajinikanth) is a feudal chieftain, adored and respected by the people of his village. He lives with his grandparents (M. N. Nambiar & Manorama). Following his advice, they abstain from voting in the elections and instead, pool the money given by the candidates to get themselves some basic amenities. Vallavaraayan (Napoleon) is his arch enemy. Their enmity is further sharpened when Vaanavaraayan wins the hand of Vaitheeswari (Meena), whom Vallavaraayan had also wished to wed. Vallavaraayan then convinces the priest of the village temple to mix poison in the holy water that Vaitheeswari drinks. As a result, she becomes incapable of conceiving a baby. But surprisingly, Vaitheeswari soon becomes pregnant-though she has pretended with the help of the mid-wife (S. N. Lakshmi), to do so to uphold her husband's honour. She takes poison and kills herself unable to bear the grief of being incapable of giving her husband a child and on her deathbed makes Vaanavarayan swear to take Ponni (Aishwariya) as his wife. Vaanavarayan however refuses until Ponni agrees to marry Sembattai (Thalapathi Dinesh)- Vallavarayan's henchman-who abandons her to Vallavarayan's vice. Infuriated, Vaanavarayan attacks Vallavarayan and spares his life after giving him a sermon on how to win the heart of the people.
- Rajinikanth as Kanthavelu Vaanavarayan, fondly referred as Yejamaan by the village people.
- Meena as Vaitheeswari Vaanavarayan
- Napoleon as Vallavarayan
- M. N. Nambiar as Vaanavarayan's grandfather
- Manorama as Akhilandeswari, Vaanavarayan's grandmother
- Aishwarya as Ponni
- Goundamani as Vellaiyangiri, a worker in Vaanavarayan's house
- Senthil as Azhagiri, Vellaiyangiri's half-brother and rival, a worker in Vaitheeswari's house
- Vijayakumar as Vaitheeswari's father
- S. N. Lakshmi as an old lady who acts as a village nurse
- Thalapathi Dinesh as Sembattai
- Rajesh Babu as Vallavarayan's younger brother
- Sandhya as Vallavarayan's wife
- M. Varalakshmi as Vaitheeswari's mother
After the success of Chinna Gounder, Udayakumar was approached by various producers but he was unsure as to who should play the part of the hero for his next film. Subsequently, he decided to cast Rajini as the hero for his next film. Rajini agreed to act under the direction of Udayakumar. The director expressed his interest to make this film for AVM Productions. Initially, a different script titled "Jilla Collector" was narrated but Udaykumar subsequently opted to film a different script altogether, since AVM Saravanan had felt that the original script might go over budget. The actress Meena was selected as the heroine. Rajini was initially reluctant to have her as the heroine because she had appeared as a child artist for his film Anbulla Rajinikanth and he felt that his fans might not readily accept this pairing. But he eventually agreed to have Meena play the part. "Ejamaan" was Rajini's 141st film and his 8th collaboration with AVM Productions.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Aalappol Velappol "||S. P. Balasubramaniam, K. S. Chitra||5:06|
|2.||"Adi Raakumuthu"||S. P. Balasubramaniam||5:10|
|3.||"Ejamaan Kaladi"||Malaysia Vasudevan||4:08|
|4.||"Idiye Aanaalum Thangi Kollum"||Malaysia Vasudevan||1:44|
|5.||"Nilave Mugam"||S. P. Balasubramaniam, S. Janaki||5:06|
|6.||"Oru Naalum"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||6:00|
|8.||"Urakka Kathuthu Kozhi"||S. Janaki||5:04|
Malini Mannath of The Indian Express wrote "Yajaman is a well meant film from AVM and from director Udayakumar". K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times wrote "The film begins well but gets bogged down after the interval and the large number of songs do not help matters".
Director Rajmohan directed a film titled Vanavarayan Vallavarayan (2014) named after Rajinikanth and Napoleon's characters, and starring Kreshna and Makapa Anand in lead roles. Dhanapal Padmanabhan who directed Krishnaveni Panjaalai (2012), rated Ejaman "as the film that best captured the village flavour and beauty of Pollachi". One of the songs has inspired as a title for the film - Nilave Mugam Kaattu (1999).
- "ஆர்.வி.உதயகுமார் டைரக்ஷனில் ஏவி.எம். தயாரித்த 'எஜமான்' வெள்ளி விழா கொண்டாடியது" ['Ejaman' produced by AVM under RV Udayakumar's direction celebrated silver jubilee]. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
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