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Mappillai (2011 film)

This article is about the 2011 film. For the 1989 film, see Mappillai (1989 film).
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Directed by Suraj
Produced by Nemichand Jhabak
Hitesh Jhabak
Starring Dhanush
Hansika Motwani
Manisha Koirala
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography S. R. Sathish Kumar
Editing by Kishore Te.
Distributed by Sun Pictures
Release date(s)
Language Tamil
Budget INR24 crore
Box office INR 40 crores worldwide

Mappillai (English: Son-in-law) is a 2011 Tamil action masala film directed by Suraj, starring Dhanush as the son-in-law and Manisha Koirala as the mother-in-law with Hansika Motwani, in her Tamil debut, playing her daughter.[1] The film is a remake of the 1989 film of the same name, which incidentally starred Dhanush's father-in-law, Rajinikanth, in the lead role which itself was a remake of Chiranjeevi starrer Telugu film Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu. Distributed by Sun Pictures, it was released on 8 April 2011. Despite largely mixed reviews, the film had a good opening but eventually became an above average grosser.[2][3]


Saravanan is a do-gooder, who is soft-spoken and admired by one and all. He comes across Gayathri (Hansika Motwani), daughter of arrogant business woman Rajeshwari and falls for her.

Coming to know of their affair, Rajeshwari decides to get them both married. The reason is- she is keen on getting a son-in-law, who will always do what she wants and be under her control.

But she is in for a shock when she comes to know that Saravanan has a past. He is a ruffian and is feared by one and all. Now she plans to halt all plans, while Saravanan takes up the challenge and ensures that he end up marrying his lady love.

It’s now a cat and mouse game between Saravanan and Rajeshwari. Then there is one Child Chinna (Vivek), with his own set of friends (including ‘Cell’ Murugan), who is desperately behind Gayathri and tries to win over her love.



The film was largely panned by critics, who unanimously agreed that the film was a poor remake. Rohit Ramachandran of gave it 0.5/5 stating that the film was "fodder for the low intellect" and "the perfect example of people selling themselves cheap for a lot of money."[3][4] gave 1.5 out of 5 giving the verdict "this Mappillai entertains in parts" and stating "Mapillai suffers from weak characterization."[5] Rediff gave 2 out of 5 describing it a "bad copy of the original", further adding that it was "just spice, humour, and plenty of silliness thrown in for good old entertainment",[6] while Sify stated that "it was a sloppy remake".[7] Kollywood Today said that it was "a worst remake" and that there was "no good reason you must watch ‘Mappillai’. The film proves to be a below average fare and you better enjoy the IPL season instead of wasting your time here."[8] Times of India gave 1 out of 5 and stated that "If you are among those for whom 'Mappillai' holds a lot of nostalgia, give the latest version a miss. Rent a DVD of the older version to avoid any disappointment."[9]

Box office

The film got a big opening, collecting INR16 crores in the opening weekend in Indian territory itself.[10] While some anaylists have declared it as "average", few others declared it as the "first big summer hit".[11][12] The films final overall collection was reported as INR40 crores.


Mani Sharma
Released 11 March 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer Mani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology

Theen Maar

The soundtrack is scored by Mani Sharma. Audio was launched on 11 March 2011 at Kamarajar Arangam with Jayam Ravi and Bharath participating as guests, telecasted on Sun TV on 27 March 2011.[13] The audio was marketed by Sony Music.[14]

Track listing
No. TitleLyricsSinger(s) Length
1. "Aaru Padai"  VivekaVijay Yesudas & Mukesh 04:56
2. "Love Love (not featured in the film)"  SnehanRahul Nambiar & Rita 04:41
3. "Onnu Rendu"  Pa. VijayMukesh & Saindhavi 04:23
4. "Ready Readya"  SnehanRanjith & Saindhavi 04:31
5. "Ennoda Raasi*"  Gangai AmaranRanjith 04:26
6. "Ready Readya (Remix)"  SnehanRanjith 03:45
7. "Mappillai Theme"   Instrumental 02:06
Total length:


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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