Madura Veeran (Eng: Warrior from Madurai) is a 2018 Indian Tamil action-drama film written and directed by cinematographer P. G. Muthiah. Viji Subramaniam produced the film alongside with the director, under the banners of V Studios and PG Media Works. Shanmuga Pandian and Meenakshi play the lead roles, while Samuthirakani, Vela Ramamoorthy and Mime Gopi amongst others play supporting roles in the film. Santhosh Dhayanidhi was selected to compose the music for the film. The film’s plot narrates the issues on jallikattu and the politics associated with, favouring the tradition rather than the proposed ban. The film released across Tamil Nadu on 2 February 2018 with mixed reviews.
Durai (Shanmuga Pandian) returns to his native in Madurai from Malaysia after 20 years in the pretext of marrying a girl from his village. But he has other plans in mind: to find out his dad Rathinavel’s (Samuthirakani) murderer and to conduct the valorous sport of Jallikattu, which has been stopped for many years. Slain Rathinam was a revered leader in the area who always strived to unite the two rival communities, the upper caste bull owner and bigwig Gurumurthy (Vela Ramamoorthy) and the lower caste headed by Malaisami (Mime Gopi). Then there’s Durai’s uncle (Marimuthu) whose daughter (debutant Meenakshi) is fond of her ‘murai paiyan’. How Durai succeeds in his mission forms the rest with a mild twist revealed towards the end.
Directed by P. G. Muthiah
Produced by Viji Subramanian
Written by P. G. Muthiah
Starring Shanmuga Pandian, Samuthirakani, Meenakshi
Music by Santhosh Dhayanidhi
Cinematography P. G. Muthiah
Edited by Praveen K. L.
Production V Studios & PG Media Works
Release date 2 February 2018