Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA

Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA is a 2013 Tamil political satire film directed by Manivannan. A sequel to Amaidhi Padai (1994), it stars Sathyaraj in his 200th film, reprising his role as Nagaraja Cholan from the original, alongside an ensemble cast including Seeman, Manivannan, his son Raghuvannan, Mrudula Murali, Komal Sharma and Varsha Ashwathi.[1] The film, featuring music composed by James Vasanthan, was produced by Ravichandran and K. Suresh under the banner of V House Production[2] and shot in Coimbatore and surrounding areas in one single schedule. Unlike the original, Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA opened to mixed reviews.[3] It was Manivannan's 50th and last film as a director and actor, as he died a month after the film's release.[4]

Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA
Movie Poster
Directed byManivannan
Produced byS. Ravichandran
K. Suresh
Screenplay byManivannan
Story byManivannan
Music byJames Vasanthan
CinematographyD. Sankar
Edited byR. Sudharsan
V House Production
Release date
  • 10 May 2013 (2013-05-10)
Running time
136 minutes
Budget2 cr
Box office2.5cr


  • Sathyaraj as Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA (Amavasai), who initially becomes deputy CM and then CM, CBI investigations officer Rajagopal IPS, two roles
  • Manivannan as Ex-MLA Manimaran, the sidekick and ex-officio owner of Nagaraja's illegal properties
  • Seeman as a farmer and farmer rights activist
  • Raghuvannan as Gangaikondaan, Nagaraja's son who was later the acting chief minister
  • Mrudula Murali as Shenbagavalli, Gangaikondaan's wife
  • Komal Sharma as school teacher Kamalini, Seeman's fiancée
  • M. S. Bhaskar as MLA Kootha Perumal, the leader of the party in ruling coalition who merges his party with the ruling party for Nagaraja Cholan to become CM
  • Varsha Ashwathi as Amudha, Nagaraja Cholan's mistress who was initially Manimaran's mistress
  • Sujatha Sivakumar as Kamalini's widow mother and Seeman's sister
  • Ansiba Hassan
  • “Oorvambu” Laxmi as Journalist
  • Vaiyapuri
  • K. P. Jagannath
  • Krishnamoorthy
  • Rajkanth


The film's soundtrack and score were composed by James Vasanthan.

Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
James Vasanthan chronology
Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA
  • Kannadi Papa — Pooja
  • Malamele — Palaniammal, Mahalingam
  • Mamanukku Ennadi — Nancy, Vasudha, Sarayu
  • Suda Sudathan MK Balaji
  • Viraivil Vidiyum — James Vasanthan

Critical reception

The Times of India gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "If you are familiar with Nagaraja Cholan as a ruthless politician, who rose from being Ammavasai in Amaidhipadai, this movie will definitely disappoint you...his resurrection after almost 20 years ends up a failed attempt to build on the character...The movie is a pale shadow of the original, except for the few scenes involving Cholan and his trusted aide Manimaran".[5] Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "The film seems to be some sort of science fiction, unfolding in a parallel dimension even as the events in Amaidhipadai were taking place. But this isn't the real problem with Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA. If Manivannan wants to take a hit character from a hit film and spin a new story around him, that's his prerogative — except that the story, this time, doesn't stick".[6]


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