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Moondru Mudichu - Beginning of Style Samarat
(Friday, 21st November 2008)

Moondru Mudichu is the FIRST DIWALI RELEASE OF OUR SUPERSTAR which was released on 22.10.1976.  This is his second tamil movie and again directed by K. Balachander.  The film is  a remake from Telugu film "O SEETHA KATHA "and in Malayalam titled as" MATRORU SEETHA".  The story was written by Veteran film director K. Viswanath.   After Aboorva Ragangal, Rajini was still a novice waiting to prove his mantle and  KB casted him as a full fledged hero or rather a villain or best described as a SWEET RASCAL. 

Other films released together with Moondru Mudichu are:

1. Vayilla Poochi – JaiSankar – KS Gopalakrishnan

2. Perum Pugazum – MuthuRaman – Muktha V. Srinivasan

3. Thai illa Kuzandai – AVM Rajan – R. Thiyagarajan

4. Chithra Powrnami – Sivaji – P. Madhavan

5. Akka – Jai Ganesh – Madurai Thirumaran 

All of our fans may have seen the movie many times and hence, it is not required to tell much on the story or screenplay. 

During the release, the crowds that thronged to the theatres, came in mainly for the name tag of KB.  However,  Rajini captured every one's attention and the talking point was "PUDUSA ORU PAYAN KARUPA IRUKAN SEMA STYLE PANNI KALAKARAN PA".  The public sentiment was anonymous; a new dark villainic hero has arrived for the Tamil Cinema. Senior fans echoed the sentiments of the public as he says "the entire theater was thrilled on Rajni's stylish acting!". 

KB had finished shooting the bulk of the movie schedule and was shooting the remaining portions near ERCOD hills.  During the break, one of his assistant came to KB and said "Rajini is doing some funny stylish mannerisms with the cigarette and is flicking the cigarette from hand to mouth and it magically stays put. It is amazing and you must watch it!".  Immediately KB summoned Rajini and asked him to perform it in front of him.  As Rajini started to wave his magic, KB was  thrilled and he ordered the assistants to bring a special (slow motion) camera to shoot this style. Thus, a few new styles were introduced to Tamil Cinema and all with cigarette. Rajini also chews a well lighted cigarette and makes it puff from deep inside the mouth in a stylish flash. All these magics left the viewers gasping in their mouth even with out a cigar. At the time of the release, the smokers who watched the movie definitely tried to imitate the act at least once and most of them failed, with some getting their mouth and finger injured with cigar burns, trying to flick a well lighted cigar to mouth from hand like the way our super star did it in the movie. This was the beginning of Style Samarat (ATHUKAPPURAM NADANTHATHUTHAN UNGALUKU THERIYUME).

Definitely this film was a classic and film offers poured to Rajini from directors and producers for similar genre of class films. Kalignanam recommended Rajini in ARU PUSHPANGAL, followed by several such films like Gayathiri, Avargal, Aval Appadithan and many others . 

As far as Box office performance, this was definitely an Average hit if not a super duper hit, and despite the host of other Diwali releases stated above, MOONDRU MUDICHU was the only talk of the town. 

Despite being a Black and White film, produced with a  low budget it managed a good run in the theatres. Remember those days Sivaji, MuthuRaman and Jai Sankar were the bigger stars and all of their Diwali released bombed at the box office.

Kamal and Sridevi occupied most of the posters used for the film's publicity and paper ad's and yet Rajini turned out to be the real winner through this film at the end and this paved the way for his breathtaking entry into stardom in Tamil films. Moondru Mudichhu was definitely  a milestone in Rajini's career

The box office run details as follows :

Chennai - Midland – 56 days in Regular Shows
Chennai - Roxy – 50 days in Regular Shows
Chennai - Kamala – 42 days in Regular Shows
Chennai - Pandiyan – 42 days in Regular Shows
Madurai – Chinthamani – 50 days in Regular Shows
Salem – Shanthi – 50 days in Regular Shows
Trichy – Roxy – 50 days in Regular Shows
Kovai – Royal – 50 days in Regular Shows

Even now the media raves about this movie and Superstar's Performance.  Recently a good piece of box office information was published by Times  Of India about this movie.


Rajini and Sridevi got their first  big break in Moondru Mudichu. 

M.S. Viswanathan is the first one to give voice for Rajini's song.

If you list Rajni's top 10 as an actor, definitely" MOONDRU MUDICHU " will appear at the very top of that list in most ratings.  In the recent edition of Film Fare(Sep. 2008) magazine came up with an exclusive article titled as "RAJINI'S TOP 10 – BAADSHA OF BOX OFFICE".  The article's rated  TOP – 10 MOVIES were 

BADSHA – 1995
MUTHU – 1995
MOONDRU MUDICHU(Film Fare summary) – 1976:

Past his debut as a character with grey shade in APOORVA RAGANGAL,Rajini took as a totally vile character who wreaks havoc in Sridevi's life.  You see generous glimpses of the wonderful actor that he is in this early film. 

-T.Ve.Raajesh & Dharma

19 Comment(s)Views: 4811

Monday, 8th December 2008 at 14:33:50

Lot of villain converted heroes (Sottai Sathyaraj, Napoleon, etc. etc.) copied Thalivar's casual (Nakkal) dialogue delivery style. I think till now only Thalaivar played both serious
k s amarnath,India/Bangalore
Monday, 1st December 2008 at 07:48:22

rajesh I am waiting for your next box office information of rajini's film please post it as I am going mad I expected you will post it Friday or Saturday or at least Sunday but you didn't it please post as soon as possible
your craze fan of box office information

Monday, 24th November 2008 at 22:20:07

ம்ய் டொப் டென்
1) ஏண்தீறாண்
2) பாஆஸ்ஹா
3) தாளாபாத்ய்
4) மூதூ
5) பாடாயாப்பா
6) றாஜாதீ றாஜா
7) 6 ளேண்டே 60 வாறாஈ
8) ஸீவாஜீ
9) வீடூ தாளாஈ

jurong james,singapore
Monday, 24th November 2008 at 13:23:45

in this movie, credits must be given to rajni rather than to kamal. kamal featured as a guess role rather than a main hero. sri devi was damn georgeous.
Monday, 24th November 2008 at 05:15:57

venkatesh, அண்ணாமலை கதையில் கொஞ்சம் நல்லவனுக்கு நல்லவன் வாடை இருப்பதை மறுக்க முடியாது.
Sunday, 23rd November 2008 at 19:47:41

simply superb
Sunday, 23rd November 2008 at 04:07:09

all of our thalaivars 157 films are shouldnt be top 10...
Saturday, 22nd November 2008 at 18:24:27


How could any body miss Annamalai where thalaivar himself told Actor surya once that Ghajini to Surya is like annamalai to him

Saturday, 22nd November 2008 at 07:36:30

என்னுடைய கருத்துப்படி ரஜினியின் டாப் டென் படங்கள்(படம் வெளிவந்த ஆண்டுகளின் வரிசையில்).
1.புவனா ஒரு கேள்விக்குறி.
2.முள்ளும் மலரும்.
3.ஆறிலிருந்து அறுபது வரை.
6.எங்கேயோ கேட்ட குரல்.
7.நல்லவனுக்கு நல்லவன்.
8.தம்பிக்கு எந்த ஊரு.

இதைப் பார்தாலே உங்களுக்கு புரியும், ரஜினியின் பரிணாம வளர்ச்சி.

SL Boy,Sri Lanka
Saturday, 22nd November 2008 at 00:08:35

it should TOP 153
not top 10

Friday, 21st November 2008 at 18:31:02

There is no TOP 10 concept for our thalaivar, it would be TOP 150
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 16:45:28

More than Vettaiyan.. have a look at the Mottai Boss in Sivaji. He was at his terrific villainous best when he meets Suman in his office.. sitting on the table with his legs on Suman's n says... MGRum naan thaan.. Sivajiyum naan thaan. Just amazing.
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 10:00:17

If you have to consider his performance as a very good actor, my vote goes to "AvaragaL" for his villain role which is even now followed by small screen villains (men or women). Great performance. You feel like killing that character when you watch that movie.
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 09:58:37

நடிப்பு என்று பார்த்தால் என்னைப் பொறுத்த வரையில் "அவர்கள்" படம் டாப் 10ல் சேர்க்கப் பட வேண்டும். அந்த வில்லன் நடிப்பைத்தான் இன்று சின்னத்திரையில் வில்லத்தனம் செய்பவர்கள் (ஆணாகட்டும், பெண்ணாகட்டும்) பின்பற்றுகிறார்கள்.
mettu street k.muthu,chennai
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 07:28:25

definitely it was a milestone movie for our thalaivar's film career !
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 07:11:23

Director K.Balachandar utilize Superstar acting skill brilliantly
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 05:07:01

Hi Mr.Rajesh
The informtion which you are given M.S. Viswanathan is the first one to give voice for Rajini's song is new news for us.Once thnks for the beautiful article.

k s amarnath,India/Bangalore
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 04:47:19
Manikandan Bose,Chennai
Friday, 21st November 2008 at 04:26:41

Its true that our tamil cinema missed a excellent villan after our super star become hero.. You can see his recent villan performance in chandra mukhi as vettaiyan... Great na..?

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