Superstar's Mappillai film was produced by Megastar
Chirenjeevi and directed by Superstar's favourite
Director, Rajasekar. It was a remake of Chiru's Telugu
film "Athaku Yemudu Ammaiku Mogudu".
Mappillai was scheduled to be released on 28 October
1989 (Deepavali) and the fans were waiting eagerly for
the audio release from a month ago; but it was only
released a week before the film’s release and it didn't
have an impact with the fans and general public.
However, Kamal's Vetri Vizha audio was released from 3
months before the movie’s release and it was a super
Following films released together with Mapillai :
1) Vetri Vizha (Kamal and Prabu)
2) Puthu Puthu Arthangal (KB film)
3) Vathiyar Veetu Pillai (Sathyaraj)
4) Dharmam Vellum (Vijayakanth)
5) Raja Nadai (Vijayakanth)
6) Pasa Mazhai (Radhika)
7) Thangamana Rasa (Ramarajan)
8) Anbu Kattalai (Ramarajan)
KR Movies distributed Mappillai for the city areas.
Mappillai was released at 5 Chennai theaters and they
are Alankar, Maharani, Annai Abirami, Kamala and Sri
Brinda (All Regular Shows). The movie was sold out for
one week in advance booking. The crowds that thronged
the theatres beat the seasonal flow of showers in some
of the towns at the time of release.
Mappillai managed 865 houseful shows in Chennai city and
created a new record as of that time. Maapillai managed
to run successfully even after the next release of
Thalaivar's “ Panakaran” (1990 Pongal) with shows
getting filled in advance even after 80th day of
In the first month of Mappillai release, Junior Vikatan
carried a report on the “black tickets” sales in
theatres, and the title of the article was "Break dance
Aadum Deivam". In that article, they mentioned that
Rajini films do great business, especially through
black ticket sales. Even the Rickshaw men made quick
bucks, whenever a Rajini films were released. Rajini did
a break dance for the song "Unnaithaan Nitham" and it
was well appreciated by the fans and public.
Mappillai managed to complete 198 days at Chennai - Bala
Abirami Theater and it ran 100 days at the following
Chennai - Alankar, Bala Abirami, Kamala, Bharath, Sri
Madurai - Ambika & Solaimalai
Kovai - Kaveri (100 days) and Raagam (60 days) and 160
days in total.
At Madurai, Mappillai is the first film to run 100 days
at Ambika Theater and they showed "Unaithaan Nitham"
song twice for all shows until 100 days.
though Mappillai managed to run 198 days, Superstar
proposed to celebratethe 100th day function
somewhere near its 120th day. The producer wanted to
make it as a bigger bash function, however superstar
rejected the proposal and requested for simple ceremony
one by just inviting the Mappillai team personalilties,
who were honored on the stage together with their
can share your experience watching Thalaivar's Mappillai
film together with boxoffice information at your place.
-TVE Rajesh & Dharma
Photo Courtesy : T.Ve. Rajesh