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Directed byBharathiraja
Written byR. Selvaraj
Produced byChandraleela Bharathiraja
Thilaka Ganesh
CinematographyC. Dhanapal
Edited byK. Pazhanivel
Music byA. R. Rahman
Megaa Movies
Distributed byMegaa Movies
Release date
  • 1 June 1996 (1996-06-01)
Running time
131 minutes

Anthimanthaarai (pronunciation ) is a 1996 Indian Tamil-language historical drama film. The film stars Vijayakumar and Jayasudha. It is produced by Chandraleela Bharathiraja and Thilaka Ganesh The director of this film is Bharathiraja. The film won the National Award for the Best Feature Film in Tamil for the year 1997.

The music for the film is composed by A. R. Rahman. The film is relatively unknown and it had a brief run lasting for a week in major cinemas.[1]


An aged man at his retirement (Vijaykumar) pursues a relationship that he could not experience when younger. He was once a freedom fighter and activist, but as time passes by, his efforts become gradually forgotten. Towards the end of his life, he grapples to financially support himself and loses his respect and identity in society. His desires to lead a peaceful retirement with his companion (Jayasudha) is tragically taken away from him by the ungrateful and ignorant community.


Anthimanthaarai is a low budget production targeted primarily at the arthouse movie audience. It features period contemporary backdrop settings. Originally, it was set to be released without a soundtrack. When the film got the tax break from the Govt of India, the director Bharathiraja had included music and songs for commercial purpose. A.R. Rahman accepted no payment for the music of this film.



The soundtrack of the film was composed by A. R. Rahman[3] and was a promotional audio for the film which had just a few snatches of these songs in the background. It has 4 songs including a Carnatic song written in Sanskrit and 3 instrumental themes. The lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 "Bharathiraja" Voice I Bharathiraja
2 "Sakiyae Nee" Unnikrishnan
3 Theme Music I Instrumental
4 Bharathi Raja's Voice II Bharathiraja
5 "Oru Naal Oru Pozhudu" Swarnalatha
6 Theme Music II Instrumental
7 "Pullai Thinkum" Sumangali
8 Music Bit I Instrumental
9 Music Bit II Instrumental


  1. ^ Gaekwad, Manish. "You've heard the AR Rahman song? Now listen to the background score". Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  2. ^ "நடிகர் விஜயகுமார் பிறந்த நாள் ஸ்பெஷல்: அனைத்து பரிமாணங்களிலும் ரசிக்க வைத்த கலைஞர்". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). 29 August 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Anthimanthaarai - Andha Naal - Ullathai Allitha". IsaiShop. Retrieved 25 March 2022.