|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
|Written by||K. S. Ravikumar (dialogues)|
|Story by||Erode Soundar|
|Edited by||K. Thanikachalam|
Cheran Pandian is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar, from a story by Erode Soundar. The film stars Vijayakumar, Sarathkumar, Anand Babu and Sreeja. The film proved to be successful at the box office, besides winning several Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
Manicheran Gounder or Periya Gounder (Vijayakumar), the rich head of the village with his wife Paarvathi (Manjula Vijayakumar) and beautiful daughter Vennila (Sreeja), is a person who strictly adheres to the caste system. Rajapaandi or Chinna Gounder (Sarathkumar) is Periya Gounder's half brother and also a rich landlord in the same village, and Parimalam (Chitra) is his sister. Since Rajapaandi's mother was from a suppressed caste, Periya Gounder stays aloof from him and always ignores and berates Rajapaandi and Parimalam. Their father, before dying, had divided his entire property, including the house, equally between the two brothers, and they live on either side of the house, split by a wall. Yet, Periya Gounder's family gets first respect within the village and the local temple, and he refuses to yield any privilege to Rajapaandi.
Chandran (Anand Babu), a young man, who is a relative of Rajapaandi, comes to meet and work under him in the village and falls in love with Vennila. Periya Gounder is furious when he comes to know about this and tries to get Vennila married to his brother-in-law, and after being rebuked by him, he makes arrangements for Vennila's marriage with a womanizing thug (K.S. Ravikumar), son of a devious village elder (Nagesh), since he belongs to his own caste. After a serious turn of events, Periya Gounder has a change of heart with some heartfelt advice from Paarvathi, renounces his casteist mindset and accepts Rajapaandi as his equal sibling and Chandran and Vennila end up getting married.
- Vijayakumar as Mani Cheran Gounder (Periya Gounder)
- Sarathkumar as Raja Pandian Gounder (Chinna Gounder)
- Sreeja as Vennila
- Nagesh as Maniyam
- Anand Babu as Chandran
- Manjula Vijayakumar as Parvathi
- Goundamani as Mechanic Manikkam (motor mechanic)
- Anuja as Sundari, Manikkam's wife
- Senthil as Thangam
- Chitra as Parimalam
- K.S. Ravikumar as Sundaram
- Kumarimuthu as Mariappan
- Cheran as Bus conductor
After the film's success, Ravikumar regularly collaborated with actor Sarath Kumar, went on to do films like Nattamai (1994), Natpukkaga (1998), Paattali (1999) and Samudhiram (2001) after which he became a highly sought after film maker in the Tamil film industry.
|Soundtrack album by|
|1||"Kangal Ondraga"||Mano, K. S. Chithra||04:49|
|2||"Kadhal Kaditham"||Mano, Swarnalatha||04:34|
|4||"Va Va Endhan"||S. P. Balasubrahmaniam||04:43|
|5||"Kodiyum thoranamum"||Malaysia Vasudevan, Sunandha||05:05|
|6||"Chinna Thangam"||K. J. Yesudas||4:33|
|8||"Ooru Vittu Ooru"||S. P. Sailaja||5:24|
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