5 Blockbuster Deepavali Releases of Rajnikanth Before Annaatthe


Rajnikanth is also known as the superstar of South Indian cinema. He has given numerous films till date that people loved and admire.

Out of them, there are some that released on the occasion of Deepavali and proved successful at the box office.

Now, with Annaatthe to hit screens on the occasion of Diwali (November 4), the superstar is going to have a Deepavali release after a long haul of 26 years.

Some of his previous Deepavali releases include Muthu(1995), Thalapathi (1991) and others.

While Rajnikanth had more releases on Pongal, he also has some other films that clicked well after they were released on the occasion of Deepavali. Find some of them below:


Muthu (1995)

Muthu happens to be Rajnikanth’s first movie with KS Ravikumar. Please note that Muthu was not only successful but also a mega hit in Japan as well. Muthu faced off against Kuruthipunal, Kamal Hassan’s cop thriller.

Not only that, Muthu also faced off Pandiarajan’s Neelakuyil, Mammootty’s Makkal Aatchi, Sarath Kumar’s Ragasiya Police and Vijay’s Chandralekha. Out of these films listed above, Muthu became the only one on top.


Thalapathi (1991)

Thalapathi, released in 1991 happens to be the only film that had a collaboration between Rajnikanth and Mani Ratnam.

It’s is a gangster film that proved a monstrous hit as it showcased the superstar in a great way.

Even today, Thalapathi is counted among one of the memorable films of Rajnikanth. And so, it’s considered one of the biggest films released on the occasion of Diwali in 1991.

Even though, Thalapathi clashed with some other films like Ramarajan’s Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu, Prabhu’s Thalattu Kekuthamma, Sathyaraj’s Bramma, K Bhagyaraj’s Rudhra, Vijayakant’s Moondrezhuthil En Moochirukkum and Kamal Haasan’s Gunaa, it emerged as a winner.


Mappillai (1989)

Mappillai happens to be the remake of Chiranjeevi’s Telugu hit Attaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu. The film hit screen on October 28, 1989 managed to had a successful run for 200 days in theatres.

Chiranjeevi appeared as a cameo in the film. With Mappillai proving a mega hit, the film ensured that superstar had a marvelous 80s with huge success.


Manithan (1987)

Manithan was released on October 21, 1987 and directed by SP Muthuraman.

It clashed with Mani Ratnam’s Nayakan starring Kamal Hassan in the lead role. In the end, both these films managed to prove their worth at the box office.


Thanga Magan (1983)

Thanga Magan released on the occasion of Deepavali on November 4, 1983. Now, with the release of Annaatthe on the same day as above, it will become a Rajni’s film to be released after a gap of 38 years.

The film was directed by A. Jagannathan and starred Rajinikanth, Poornima Jayaram and Jaishankar in their pivotal roles.


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