|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Written by||M. A. Kennedy|
|Produced by||Pyramid Natarajan|
T. S. B. K. Mouli
Mansoor Ali Khan
|Edited by||K. Thanikachalam|
|Music by||S. A. Rajkumar|
Pyramid Films International
|Distributed by||Pyramid Films International|
|9 May 1997|
Pistha (English: Crook) is a 1997 Indian Tamil-language comedy film directed by K.S. Ravikumar and starring Karthik Muthuraman, Nagma, Manivannan and T. S. B. K. Moulee. The movie completed a 100-day run in theaters and turned out to be a blockbuster. It was a profitable venture for Pyramid Natarjan.
Manigandan is a server in a hotel who is a devotee of Lord Ayyappan (the bachelor god). He follows a fasting for Ayyappan and is very sincere and honest. One day a businessman, named Dharmaraj, visits the hotel where Manigandan works. He admires Manigandan's sincerity and offers him the General Manager job in his factory at Ooty. Dharmaraj takes Manigandan to his factory and office to introduce him to his employees who do not do any work but play games, sit idle, watch TV etc. Innocent Mani does not understand why employees does not work but gets scared that he must manage all of them, a task which was impossible for 419 managers before him.
Manigandan sees a girl who breaks everything she sees, and yet Dharmaraj pays for everything she broke. He finds out that she is Vennila, daughter of Dharmaraj who is a spoilt young lady who cannot be controlled even by her father. Manigandan and Vennila fight frequently. Vennila makes every attempt to get rid of him, but a spark develops between them.
Vennila visits the home of her sister's lover to give money for their expenses. She finds out that she must inherit all her grandfather's property if she can continue to afford money for them. The only way to inherit the property is to get married as per his will. She wants to help her sister, so decides to marry Manigandan and attempts to win his heart. Manigandan also declares his love for Vennila but Dharmaraj objects to the match as Vennila is very dangerous girl and she might spoil his life. He is reluctantly persuaded to accept the marriage, and Manigandan and Vennila get married.
On the day of the marriage, to everybody's surprise, Manigandan is revealed to be an ex-convict. Vennila is shocked by this. It is now Manigandan's turn to overpower Vennila and he begins his game. The rest of the story follows with the fight between Manigandan and Vennila and how Manigandan surpasses Vennila's arrogancy. In the end, it is revealed that the sister's lover is actually a crook who is already married and had illicitly socialized with her sister as he wanted to steal her property. In a fight ensuing, Manigandan pushes him and makes him handicapped, Vennila asks for forgiveness to Manigandan & Co for her mistakes which they eventually accept. The film ends with Manigandan turning into Ayyappan devotee again.
- Karthik as Manigandan
- Nagma as Vennila
- Mouli as Dharmaraj
- Manivannan as Manikandan's friend
- Balu Anand as Balu, Dharmaraj's servant
- Vasu Vikram as Ramakrishnan, Dharmaraj's ex-Manager
- Sai Arun
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Adv. Adhimoolam
- Idichapuli Selvaraj
- Kavignar Kalidasan as Hotel owner
- Jayashree as Shanti (Guest Appearance)
- K. S. Ravikumar in a Special Appearance
The film won positive reviews, with a critic from Indolink.com stating it was a "fun movie" and that "the second half of the film was a tremendous laugh riot".
The music was composed by S. A. Rajkumar and lyrics were penned by Kavignar Kalidasan.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Producer||S. A. Rajkumar|
|S. A. Rajkumar chronology|
|2.||"Azhagu Puyala Ultra"||Harini||4:45|
|3.||"Kangalile Oru Kadhal Nila"||Mano, Sujatha||5:02|
|4.||"Oh Oh Kattuna Ponna"||Malaysia Vasudevan, Mano||4:47|
|5.||"Siru Siru Manithuli"||K. S. Chithra||1:08|
|6.||"Siru Siru (Sad)"||K. S. Chithra||0:46|
|7.||"Kozhi Curry Konduvaratta"||Karthik||4:36|
|8.||"Saranam Ayyappa"||P. Unnikrishnan||5:00|