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Mudhalvan (1999)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 7 November 1999 (India)
A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.


S. Shankar


S. Shankar (screenplay), S. Shankar (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Arjun Sarja ... Pugazhendhi (as Arjun)
Manisha Koirala ... Thenmozhi
Raghuvaran ... Aranganathan
Vadivelu ... Balvesham
Cochin Hanifa ... CM's PA
Laila ... 'Kalakkal' Shuba
Vijayakumar ... Thenmozhi's father
Manivannan ... Chief Secretary
Kalairani ... Pugazhendhi's mother
Omakuchi Narasimhan Omakuchi Narasimhan ... Vadivelu's Uncle
Sushmita Sen ... Special Appearance (Song - Shakalaka Baby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Surya Surya ... Manohar

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The State's Chief Minister, after being questioned by a reporter, Pugazhendi, challenges him to accept the position for a day, and see for himself the challenges that face him. Pugazhendi accepts the challenge, and immediately sets about to tour the region, suspend and prosecute corrupt officials, arrest several politicians, including the Chief Minister himself, and makes swift and decisive changes that will go to assist the most vulnerable, much to the chagrin of people in power.. After the day is over, Pugazhendi will find his and his loved ones' lives in danger as the state's machinery, as well as goons, gather together to extract vengeance. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Action | Drama | Thriller


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The idea for the story was inspired by Indian actor Sivaji Ganesan being named the honorary mayor of Niagara Falls, New York for one day during his visit to the United States. See more »


When a student tries to board a bus, the bus is crowded at the end and in next second, it seems free from crowd and then the crowd returns. See more »


Aranganathan: [dying] That was a good interview!
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Referenced in Run (2002) See more »


Shakalaka Baby
Performed by Vasundhara Das and Pravin Mani
Produced by A.R. Rahman
Written by Vairamuthu
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An awesome movie
20 August 2006 | by karthik-adeptSee all my reviews

The movie is an excellent movie , one of the best dynamic movies of Shankar. It is the movie which clearly explains how politics should be and what sort of people should come to politics. The way in which Arjun traps raguvaran in the movie will take u to the real thrill. The steps that he takes after getting into the post as a single day CM(which is an entirely new concept.. hats off to Shankar) are really great and makes us think how good it will be if its the reality. Though, Manisha koirala will not play an important role in the movie, her role will be important in songs. Vadivelu's acting and comedy with 'Poda Panni' will make everyone laugh. In total, one of the best movies credited for Direction Skills!!

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Release Date:

7 November 1999 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Oke Okkadu See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »


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