|Ranuva Veeran [ராணுவ வீரன்] [సైనిక వీరుడు]|
|Directed by||SP. Muthuraman|
|Produced by||R. M. Veerappan|
|Written by||Krishna (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Sathya Movies story department|
|Music by||M. S. Viswanathan|
|Edited by||R. Vittal|
|Distributed by||Sathya Movies|
Ranuva Veeran is a 1981 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth and Sridevi in the lead roles. Chiranjeevi played the main antagonist. The movie was a Super Hit at the box office. It was dubbed into Telugu as Bandipotu Simham and released on 21 May 1982.
The film opens with Chiranjeevi being chased and caught by a group of policemen, but he escapes. Meanwhile, a young military man (Rajinikanth) returns to his village, which is known for frequent thefts and murders perpetrated by the mysterious "One-Eyed Man" (Chiranjeevi) and his gang of thieves. Rajini soon meets Chiranjeevi; the two were once college roommates, but they had since separated. In addition to Chiranjeevi, Rajini reunites with his father (Poornam Vishwanatha), an Orthodox Iyengar who always condemns him, and he finds out that his sister eloped with a man few years before, which he later finds out was other than the gangleader of the thieves himself, Chiranjeevi. Sridevi plays Rajini's love interest as a poultry farm girl in a highly glamorous role. The climax fight between Rajini and Chiranjeevi is the highlight of the movie. In the end Chiranjeevi gets shot by his own son.
- Rajinikanth as Raghu
- Poornam Vishwanathan
- J.Lalitha as Rajinikanth's sister
- K. Natraj
- Mafia Sasi
- Parthiban in an uncredited role
Producer R. M. Veerappan wrote this script keeping M. G. Ramachandran in mind but since he was involved with politics, Rajinikanth was chosen instead. Chiranjeevi, who went on to become a popular actor in Tollywood acted in a negative role.