|Directed by||S. P. Muthuraman|
|Produced by||M. Kumaran|
|Screenplay by||Panchu Arunachalam|
|Based on||Chuttalunnaru Jagratha|
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||R. Vittal|
Pokkiri Raja (transl. Rogue King) is a 1982 Indian Tamil-language masala film directed by S. P. Muthuraman and written by Panchu Arunachalam. A remake of the Telugu film Chuttalunnaru Jagratha (1980), it stars Rajinikanth, Sridevi and Raadhika. The film revolves around a man who was framed for murder, and a lookalike who aids him in finding the true killers. It was released on 14 January 1982 and became a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres.
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Ramesh is the manager of the office of Paranthaman, an industrialist. Paranthaman strongly suspects his relatives to be looting him. Ramesh finds the culprit and keeps a tight leash on everything happening in the office, thereby earning the wrath of the industrialist's relatives. Ramesh and Vanaja (Paranthaman's daughter) initially find themselves at loggerheads, but eventually fall in love with each other. Paranthaman is happy about this development until he sees Ramesh cheating on his daughter. He fires Ramesh the very same day.
Paranthaman is murdered and Vanaja also sees Ramesh in her house that same night. Ramesh is dragged to court and is shortly framed for murder. Vanaja is upset, and the ill-intentioned relatives start closing their net around her, forcing her to marry Chandran, the son of Paranthaman's relative Venkatachalam.
In the meantime, Ramesh meets another person named Raja in prison who looks exactly like him. Together Ramesh and Raja plan to punish the culprits and set the record straight. Chandran later reveals himself and Venkatachalam as the murderers of Paranthaman, but Raja records the entire statement on tape; after Ramesh and Raja subdue Chandran and Venkatachalam's thugs, the tape is played in the court, and both killers are arrested.
- Rajinikanth as Ramesh and Raja
- Sridevi as Vanaja
- Raadhika as Rakkayi
- R. Muthuraman as Venkatachalam
- Manorama as Venkatachalam's wife
- Y. G. Mahendran as Chandran
- S. R. Veeraraghavan as Paranthaman
- I.S.R as Jail warden
- Samikannu as Rakkayi's father
- T. K. S. Natarajan as Police constable
- MLA Thangaraj as Police officer
- Master Haja Sheriff as Petty shop owner
- Gundu Kalyanam as Liquor shop owner
- Omakuchi Narasimhan as Drunker
- S. A. Ashokan as Lawyer (Special Appearance)
- Judo. K. K. Rathnam as Prisoner (Special Appearance)
Pokkiri Raja is a remake of the Telugu film Chuttalunnaru Jagratha (1980), and was Rajinikanth's first film opposite Raadhika. M. Saravanan of AVM Productions expressed a desire to remake it in Tamil; he wanted Rajinikanth to play the male lead. Rajinikanth refused to act in the film as he was unimpressed with the Telugu film and character but later relented after Saravanan requested him to act. Saravanan called Visu who, after watching the film, said it could be remade well with minor changes and further developed Radhika's character.
|1.||"Kadavul Padachan"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:35|
|2.||"Naan Pokkirikku"||Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki||4:42|
|3.||"Vaada En Machigala"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:59|
|4.||"Vidiya Vidiya Solli"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela||4:54|
Release and reception
Pokkiri Raja was released on 14 January 1982, Pongal day. The film became a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres. Along with Murattu Kaalai (1980), it was responsible for establishing Rajinikanth as a full-fledged action hero.
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