|Starring||Rajinikanth, Meena, Sarath Babu|
|Music By||A R Rahman|
|Singers||A R Rahman, S. P. Balasubramanyam, Hariharan, Sujatha Mohan, Chithra, Mano, Udit Narayan, Febi Mani, Ganga Sitharasu, Ila Arun, Kalyani Menon, Theni Kunjarammal|
Muthu is a 1995 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy-drama film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. It is the remake of the 1994 Malayalam-language film Thenmavin Kombath. The film stars Rajinikanth and Meena in lead roles. The film's score and soundtrack is composed by A. R. Rahman.
Muthu was released on 23 October 1995, during Diwali, and became a major success. The film became one of the highest-grossing Tamil films at the time, running for over 175 days in theatres across Tamil Nadu. A dubbed Japanese version released in 1998 and became a major success in Japan.
The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. Muthu is the first Rajinikanth film for which Rahman composed music. The soundtrack for this movie turned out to be a major hit and Rahman gained popularity in Japan when the movie was released in Japanese. The Hindi version is titled Muthu Maharaja and had lyrics penned by P. K. Mishra. The "Omanathinkal Kidavo" portion of "Kuluvalilae" is written and tuned by the famous Malayalam poet Irayimman Thampi.
The video for the song "Thillana Thillana" became famous for the belly dance of Meena featuring a lot of closeup shots of her navel. Rahman sampled African humming in the song; French group Deep Forest had earlier sampled the same in their song "Night Bird". "Thillana Thillana" was later adapted by Nadeem-Shravan as "Deewana Deewana" for the 1996 film Jung. The soundtrack of Muthu was selected as the most popular foreign soundtrack in Japan. The songs from Muthu were later retained in the Kannada remake Sahukara (2004).
The song "Vidukathaiya" is set in Chakravakam raga.