Baashha [1995 â FLAC]: A Classic Tamil Gangster Film with Rajinikanth
Baashha is a 1995 Tamil-language gangster action film that stars Rajinikanth as Manikam, a humble auto-driver who has a dark past as a feared don in Bombay. The film also features Nagma as Priya, the daughter of a smuggler who falls in love with Manikam, and Raghuvaran as Mark Anthony, a ruthless rival don who wants to eliminate Manikam.
The film was written and directed by Suresh Krissna, who had previously collaborated with Rajinikanth in Annaamalai (1992). The dialogues were penned by Balakumaran, who gave Rajinikanth many memorable punch lines. The music was composed by Deva, who delivered some catchy songs like "Naan Autokaaran", "Azhagu Azhagu" and "Thanga Magan". The cinematography was done by P. S. Prakash and the editing by Ganesh Kumar.
Baashha was released on 12 January 1995 and became a blockbuster hit, running for nearly 15 months in theatres. It is widely regarded as one of the best films and performances of Rajinikanth's career. The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, who praised Rajinikanth's dual role, the screenplay, the action sequences, the music and the dialogues. Rajinikanth won the Filmfans Association Award and the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor for his role in Baashha.
Baashha was remade in Kannada as Kotigobba (2001) with Vishnuvardhan in the lead role. A digitally restored version of Baashha was released on 3 March 2017 to mark the film's 22nd anniversary. The film is available on Google Play Movies in high-quality FLAC format for rent or purchase.
If you are a fan of Rajinikanth or Tamil cinema, you should not miss Baashha [1995 â FLAC], a classic gangster film that showcases the superstar's charisma and style.
Baashha [1995 â FLAC]: Some Interesting Trivia About the Film
Baashha is not only a commercial success but also a film that has many interesting trivia behind its making. Here are some of them:
The film was inspired by a scene from Rajinikanth's Hindi film Hum (1991), which was not filmed by its director Mukul Anand. Rajinikanth suggested the scene to Suresh Krissna during the making of Annaamalai (1992) and they developed the story of Baashha around it.
The title Baashha was suggested by Rajinikanth to Suresh Krissna, who felt that a Muslim connection was needed for the script. The name Baashha is derived from the Arabic word "Basha", which means "leader" or "boss".
The film's dialogues were written by Balakumaran, who gave Rajinikanth many memorable punch lines, such as "Naan oru thadava sonna, nooru thadava sonna madhiri" ("If I say something once, it's like I've said it a hundred times") and "En vazhi thani vazhi" ("My way is a unique way").
The film's music was composed by Deva, who delivered some catchy songs like "Naan Autokaaran", "Azhagu Azhagu" and "Thanga Magan". The song "Naan Autokaaran" became an anthem for auto-drivers and Rajinikanth fans. The song "Thanga Magan" was sung by K. J. Yesudas and K. S. Chithra, who won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer and Best Female Playback Singer respectively for their rendition.
The film's cinematography was done by P. S. Prakash and the editing by Ganesh Kumar. The film had some impressive action sequences choreographed by Kanal Kannan and Vikram Dharma. The climax fight between Rajinikanth and Raghuvaran was shot at AVM Studios in Chennai.
The film's antagonist Mark Anthony was played by Raghuvaran, who was initially reluctant to take up the role as he had played similar roles before. Suresh Krissna convinced him by saying that he would make him look different and menacing. Raghuvaran sported a bald look and wore dark glasses for the role.
The film's heroine Priya was played by Nagma, who was the first and only choice for the role. Suresh Krissna was impressed by her performance in Kadhalan (1994) and approached her for Baashha. Nagma learned Tamil for the film and dubbed her own voice.
The film's supporting cast included Janagaraj as Manikam's friend Gurumurthy, Devan as Priya's father Kesavan, Shashi Kumar as Manikam's brother Shiva, Vijayakumar as Manikam's father Rangasamy, Anandaraj as Indiran, Charan Raj as Anwar, Kitty as DIG Dinakar, Sathyapriya as Manikam's mother Vijayalakshmi, Yuvarani as Manikam's sister Geetha and Kavithalaya Krishnan as Manikam's friend.
The film was produced by R. M. Veerappan under his banner Sathya Movies. The film's script was developed in Hyderabad in ten days. The film's shooting began in August 1994 and was completed in less than five months.
The film was released on 12 January 1995, two days before Pongal festival. The film became a blockbuster hit and ran for nearly 15 months in theatres. It broke the box office records of all previous Tamil films and became the highest grossing Tamil film at that time.
The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, who praised Rajinikanth's dual role, the screenplay, the action sequences, the music and the dialogues. Rajinikanth won the Filmfans Association Award and the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor for his role in Baashha.
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