Dalapathy (1991)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 44 mins

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This is a multi-layered and poignant tale reminiscent of the story of Karna, a key player in the Mahabharata. It delves deep into social norms, the system of law, human relationships, and the universal search for love, acceptance, and a sense of belonging. These core concepts are highlighted through the life of Surya (Rajnikanth), an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the benevolent local don Devarajan a.k.a.Deva (Mammootty). They rule the town and almost function like a parallel government, one in which justice is swift, and punishment ruthless. Things are well until new district collector (Aravind Swami), step-brother of Surya takes charge. Surya finds his mom (Srividya) and decides to surrender. What will happen to the relationship between Surya and Deva? Will Surya ever find the love and acceptance he yearns for from his mother?
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Cast: Rajinikanth, Shobana Pillai

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 05 Nov 1991 (India)

Tamil Name: தளபதி

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Did you know? The superhit song 'Raakkamma' had such universal appeal that it was copied by Anand-Milind as 'Tun Tun Tara' in the film "Bol Radha Bol". Controversially, it was also featured in the 2012 Bollywood film "Agent Vinod", and Lahari took legal action against the producer of the film Saif Ali Khan, who used the song without permission. Read More
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as Surya
as Subbulaxmi
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as Kalivardhan
as Arjun
as Subbulaxmi's Father
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as Arjun's Father
as Devaraj
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as Kalyani/Surya's Mother

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
01 
07:11
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
02 
02:39
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
03 
04:59
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: S Janaki, KJ Yesudas
04 
03:24
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: S Janaki
05 
01:23
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik
06 
07:12
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: S Janaki, SP Balasubramaniam
07 
05:29
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, KJ Yesudas
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The superhit song 'Raakkamma' had such universal appeal that it was copied by Anand-Milind as 'Tun Tun Tara' in the film "Bol Radha Bol". Controversially, it was also featured in the 2012 Bollywood film "Agent Vinod", and Lahari took legal action against the producer of the film Saif Ali Khan, who used the song without permission.

The music for the soundtrack of this movie was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and comprises of seven songs. The song, 'Rakkama Kaiya Thattu', performed by SP Balasubramanyam and Swarnalatha was amongst the songs listed in a BBC World Top Ten music poll, and the album is considered to be a classic.

The film ran into trouble when news leaked that Rajinikanth's character would die Mammootty will win in the climax. The climax of the film was eventually altered to appease the rajanikanth fan base. and in malayalam version rajanikanth dies and Mammootty wins.

After its phenomenal success at the box office and exceptional critical acclaim, the movie was was dubbed and released in Telugu and Hindi as "Dalapathi".

The score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and notably marks the last collaboration of Mani Ratnam and Ilaiyaraaja,

The theme of this movie is set to be loosely based on the friendship between 'Karna' and 'Duryodhana' of Hindu epic, "Mahabharata".