23 October 1995 saw the clash of the titans, with both the biggies releasing movies belonging to Completely varied genres. While Superstar Rajnikanth starrer Muthu was a typical Rajni entertainer with ample dose of masala, KamalHassan’s Kuruthipunal was a raw cop drama, with ample dose of violence.
Here are some facts on Both the movies.
▶ Muthu was inspired from Priyadarshan’s Malayalam film Thenmavin Kombath (1994).
▶ Kuruthipunal was the official Remake of Govind Nihalani’s Hindi flick Drohkaal (1994).
▶ Muthu was director KSRavikumar’s first with Rajni, and was initially titled Velan.
▶ Though P.C.Sreeram had worked as the cinematographer of ThevarMagan, Nayagan,
AboorvaSagotharargal, SubhaSankalpam earlier with Kamal, this was his first directorial featuring Kamal Haasan and was initially titled Drohi(Which was later given to the Telugu version of the same).
▶ Muthu was released in Telugu as “Muthu Maharaja” and was successful there, besides getting released in Japanese as “Muthu Odoru Maharaja” in 1998 and became a commercial success in Japan as well ( Though the first Tamil movie to enter Japanese Market was Chandralekha (1948 film) in year 1954, it didn’t make inroads as Muthu did later).
▶ Kuruthipunal was the first Tamil film to use Dolby Stereo surround SR technology.
▶ Muthu won Rajnikanth the Tamilnadu state award for best actor.
▶ Kamal Haasan won the best actor Filmfare award for his portrayal of Adhi Narayanan in Kuruthipunal.
▶ Kuruthipunal was India’s official entry for the 68th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category, but was not nominated.
▶ Actor #Chiyaan Vikram who played the hero in P.C.Sreeram’s directorial debut Meera had dubbed for John Edathattil who played the Assistant commander of terrorist group Narasiman,and Rohini dubbed for Gauthami.
▶ Kuruthipunal was cinematographer Aravind Krishna’s (Played Dhanush) debut as an actor.
▶ Kuruthipunal had no songs and the background score was by Mahesh Mahadevan.
▶ Interestingly, A. R. Rahman who composed music for Muthu was supposed to debut as music director in Bollywood with Kuruthipunal’s original Drohkaal, but his computer which contained the music for the film crashed and he never got to start over. He made his Bolly debut with Rangeela later.