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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 »
Top Rated Indian Movies #52 | 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Aishwarya Rai was offered the film but was not able to do it. 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 Kaalaippani (2008) See more »


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Not as good as Indian but still excellent
27 July 2006 | by wastemyhateonyouSee all my reviews

If I had'nt seen this movie before seeing the same director's Indian/Hindustani which had released 3 years earlier, I may not have been so very impressed. While Mudhalvan represents an excellent movie by itself, the director had already produced a movie which was simply much bigger and better, earlier, which thus takes expectations a bit higher.

One of the subjects handled in Mudhalvan, namely caste-based politics and vote banks, is very important. If it were'nt for the running time, I think that the same subject should have been explored further. I also did'nt appreciate Arjun in the movie, reducing the caste nos to 4, instead of eliminating caste based reservation in totality? I guess caste based politics have a hand even in movies. See some vijaykanth movies if you want more on that subject.

This movie is without a shadow of a doubt, Arjun's best performance in his career. While it may not be Shankar's best, it is again without doubt, one of Shankar's better movies and a must watch.

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7 November 1999 (India) See more »

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Oke Okkadu See more »

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »


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