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Thevar Magan (1992)

The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.




Kamal Haasan
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Director: K.S. Ravikumar
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Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Shaktivelu
Shivaji Ganesan ... Peria-thevar
Nassar ... Maya-thevar (as Nazar)
Gautami ... Shaktivelu's Girlfriend
Vadivelu ... Esaki
Thalaivasal Vijay
Madhan Bob Madhan Bob ... (as Madan Bob)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sennalkudi Lakshmi Sennalkudi Lakshmi ... Wife of Chenna Thevar; mother of Mayan
Sangili Murugan ... Kanakku
Kalapart Natarajan Kalapart Natarajan ... Parimasivam the father of Panchavarnam (Revathy)
Kaka Radhakrishnan Kaka Radhakrishnan ... Chinna-thevar
Neelima Rani


Set against the backdrop of the feudal Madurai district, controlled by big landlords who employ their own gangs and often indulge in expensive feuds with their neighbours. The star explained that this environment was part of his childhood experience. He plays Shaktivelu, the modern son of Peria-thevar (Ganesan), who returns to his ancestral home to introduce his girlfriend (Gauthami) to his family. Unwittingly, he is forced to become involved in the bloody feuds between different members of the clan led by Mayathevar (Nasser), and when his father dies he assumes the godfather's mantle. The rival family is eventually annihilated in a gory ending. However, how will Shakti's love and personal life pan out? Written by Santhosh

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25 October 1992 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Kshatriya Putrudu See more »

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Was remade in Hindi as Virasat by Priyadarshan starring Anil Kapoor in Kamal Hassan role. See more »


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The Mother of all caste-based movies
15 June 2006 | by you_can_do_itSee all my reviews

One of the most successful movies of Kamal Hassan's Rajkamal International production company. A cult classic that got both critical acclaim and huge box office collections. About a dozen movies were released along with it, on Diwali '94 but all these were reduced to box-office disasters(including the Rajinikant starrer 'Pandian'). Such was the impact of Thevar Magan. The thespian Sivaji Ganesan was aptly cast in the role of Kamal's father, the village chief. Nasser, Revathi and Gouthami reveled in their roles and Revathi won the National award for 'Best Supporting actress'.

But more than everything, this is the movie which spawned a deluge of flicks based on the caste-feuds happening in villages, none of which could match the original in terms of grandeur, story or performances. Thevar Magan, upon its release, was literally worshipped by the 'Thevars', a warring caste in Tamil Nadu's rural areas. Some political organizations still argue that the movie itself is the reason for the violence happening in these villages.

The telugu dubbed version 'Kshatriya Putrudu' was an equally big hit. Later the movie was remade in Hindi as 'Virasat', starring Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Amrish Puri and Pooja Batra. The Hindi version too was a success.

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