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Directed by - S.Shankar
Produced by - K.T.Kunjumon
Written by - S. Shankar
Starring - Arjun,Madhoo Bala,Goundamani,Charan Raj,Subhashri,Senthil,Vineeth,Manorama,M.N.Nambiar,Rajan P.Dev,Prabhu Deva,Gouthami, Tadimalla
Music by - A.R.Rahman
Cinematography - Jeeva
Distributed by - Ayngaran
Release date(s)- 30 July 1993
Running time - 160 mins
Country - India
A story of a modern day Robin Hood who takes from the corrupted rich to provide education for the poor. Krishnamoorthy alias Kicha (Arjun) is a respected person in his local community and runs a small business. But Kicha, at the same time, is also a undercover robber.He is accompanied by his friend Mani (Goundamani). He has stolen millions of rupees from many victims. The home minister and the police are adamant to catch this mysterious robber yet are unsuccessful. Susheela (Madhoo), a simple Brahmin girl working under Kicha falls for him. Azhagar Nambi (Charan Raj) is an efficient Police officer who takes charge to nab Kicha, at one instance Azhagar Nambi challenges to really catch him and makes a plan.
But Kicha still escapes and this results in the tonsuring of Azhagar Nambi's head. Later Azhagar Nambi gets married to the cousin of Susheela, which leads him closer
in identifying Kicha. But Kicha somehow finds a way and escapes. Kicha makes one final robbery as planned and once he makes it Azhagar Nambi arrests him. It was reported that Kicha spent all the theft money to build a college for the poors.
At the courtroom, he reveals the reasons of his Robinhood Avatar with a very strong flashback about a tragedy in his family resulting in the death of his mother
(Manorama) and his best friend Ramesh (Vineeth).
The score and soundtrack of the movie was composed by A.R.Rahman and lyrics penned by Vaali and Vairamuthu. The soundtrack became a block buster upon release and was highly acclaimed. Gentleman marked the beginning of a famed collaboration between A. R. Rahman and director S. Shankar. The film and soundtrack were dubbed and released in Telugu with the same name. The lyrics were penned by Rajashri for this version.
The choreography was done by Prabhu Deva, who also made an appearance in the song "Chikku Bukku Rayile".
The acclaimed soundtrack earned A. R. Rahman, his second Filmfare Best Music Director Award of the year 1993. He also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his work. Sujatha got the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback for her soulful rendition of the track "En Veettu Thottathil".
A Gentleman instrumental adaptation album was subsequently released on Lahari and became a run away success. The track "Ottagathai Kattiko" soundtracked a BBC fashionshow