Raja Chinna Roja

Raja Chinna Roja
Directed by S P Muthuraman
Produced by M Saravanan
M Balasubramaniam
Written by Panju Arunachalam
Music by Chandrabose
Cinematography T S Vinayagam
Edited by R Vittal
C Lancy
Distributed by AVM Productions
Release dates
20 July 1989
Running time
180 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 1 Crore

Raja Chinna Roja (English: King and Small rose) is a 1989 Indian Tamil children's film directed by SP. Muthuraman. The film was produced by M Saravanan and M Balasubramaniam under the production company AVM Productions.

The film's script was written by Panchu Arunachalam and is loosely based on the 1965 English musical The Sound of Music with a song of the original fully used in Tamil. The film was the first Tamil film to use animated characters with live actors. The plot revolves around Raja, who arrives in the city to become an actor, in the process he meets his childhood friend and is forced to take care of his nieces and nephews.

The film's cinematography was handled by TS Vinayagam while the editing was done by the duo RS Vittal and Lancy respectively. The soundtrack was composed by Chandrabose with the song "Superstar Yaarunu" remain popular today. The film was released on 20 July 1989 and had a 175-day theatrical run.


An aspiring young wannabe actor Raja (Rajinikanth) from a village get into a fast city which is full of crooks and drug dealers. As he searching for a place in the dream factory, he falls for the daughter of the house owner (Jaiganesh) Usha. Charmed by his looks and character, Usha (Gowthami) also falls for him. One day he accidentally meet his childhood friend Bhaskar (Raghuvaran) who is a spoiled rich guy. He offers Raja an acting job, then takes him to his uncle's house. Raja is to be in charge of the administration of the household and take care of five children (Bhaskar's nieces and nephews) each of whom have issues (such as being lazy, not studying etc.). Raja finds out that Bhaskar is cheating his uncle out of funds and using him to do the same. Bhaskar involves in drug business along with his associates (Azhagu, Kitty). Ravichandran who has blindness recovers from the problem and pretends to be blind in order to find out the truth of Bhaskar. After finding out the truth, Ravichandran throws Bhaskaran out of the home. In retaliation, Bhaskar takes away his uncle's car resulting in Ravichandran getting arrested for drugs. Raja along with children goes to Bhaskar's den catches him redhandedly. The film ends with Raja finally achieving his ambition to become a film star,



Raja Chinna Roja was the first Indian film to feature live action with animation. It was AVM Saravanan's wish to do this, without any budgetary constraints.[1][2] He also wanted AVM to become the first Indian studio to do this. The idea of blending live action with animation was inspired by Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).[3][4]


The soundtrack consist of seven songs composed by Chandrabose. The song "Superstar Yaarunu Ketta" was remixed by Chandrabose's son Santhosh Bose for the film Kalayatha Ninaivugal (2005).[5]

Raja Chinna Roja
Studio album by Chandrabose
Released 1989
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label AVM Audio
Producer AVM
No. Song Singers Length (min:sec) Lyrics Notes
1 Super Staru S P Balasubrahmaniam, S P Sailaja 04:25 Vairamuthu
2 Raja Chinna Roja S P Balasubramaniam 04:46
3 Varungala Mannargale S P Balasubramaniam 04:23
4 Oru Panbadu Yesudas 04:32
5 Ongappanukkum Pe Pe Malaysia Vasudevan, S P Sailaja 03:43
6 Poo Poo Pol Mano 05:14
7 Devaadhi Devar Ellaam Malaysia Vasudevan 04:57


  1. "Finger on people's pulse". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 14 May 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. http://cinema.maalaimalar.com/2012/12/11232151/avm-in-raja-chinna-roja-cartoo.html
  3. Naman Ramachandran (2012). Rajnikant: The Definitive Biography. p. 127. ISBN 9780670086207.
  4. http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/directors-chair/article5800519.ece
  5. http://www.indiaglitz.com/like-father-like-son-tamilfont-news-10510

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