Annamalai is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Suresh Krissna and produced by Rajam Balachander and Pushpa Kandasamy under Kavithalaya Productions. A loose remake of the 1987 the Hindi film Khudgarz, the film stars Rajinikanth, Kushboo and Sarath Babu in the lead roles with Radha Ravi, Nizhalgal Ravi and Manorama playing supporting roles. The film revolves around a poor milkman who befriends the son of the businessman. The latter’s father who hates their friendship drives a wedge between them by bulldozing the house. Annamalai challenges his friend that he will become a successful businessman. Rest of the film shows whether they are united or not.
The production began with Vasanth being selected as director who later opted out due to personal reasons. Suresh Krishna replaced him to direct thus marked his first collaboration with Rajinikanth. Principal photography of the film began at AVM Studios and the filming held at various places. The score and soundtrack was composed by Deva and lyrics for all songs were written by Vairamuthu. The cinematography was handled by P. S. Prakash and editing was handled by the duo Ganesh Kumar. The dialogues for the film were written by Shanmugasundaram.
Annamalai was released on 27 June 1992 became a blockbuster at box-office and was the highest-grossing film in Rajinikanth’s career until 1995 when the record was broken by Baashha. It was remade into Telugu in 1993 as Kondapalli Raja with Venkatesh, Suman and Nagma, and into Kannada in 2003 as Gokarna starring Upendra, Rakshita and Madhu Bangarappa.
Directed by Suresh Krissna
Produced by Puspha Kandasamy
Written by Suresh Krissna,Shanmugasundaram
Story by Rakesh Roshan
Starring Rajinikanth,Kushboo,Sarath Babu
Music by Deva
Cinematography P. S. Prakash
Edited by Ganesh Kumar
company Kavithalayaa Productions
Distributed by Kavithalayaa Productions
Release date 27 June 1992
Running time 164 minutes