Directed by Suresh Krishna
Produced by S. Martin
Written by Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi
Based on The Mother
by Maxim Gorky
Starring Pa. Vijay
Meera Jasmine
Remya Nambeeshan
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography B. L. Sanjay
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Martin Productions
Release dates
  • 14 January 2011 (2011-01-14)
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 20 crores [1]

Kalaignarin Ilaignan (Tamil: இளைஞன், English: Youth) is a 2011 Tamil-language period vigilante film directed by Suresh Krishna, who directs his 50th film, and written by DMK Chief and the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi, its 75th film and based on the Russian novel, The Mother, by Maxim Gorky.[2]


Karky (Pa. Vijay) is the son of Arokkyasami (Nassar) who wants to win freedom of his people from the shipbuilding owner Rajanayagam (Suman) and his evil wife Sena (Namitha). How he achieves this forms the crux of the story.



Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released 15 January 2011
Producer Vidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology

The soundtrack has 5 songs composed by Vidhyasagar.[3]


Sify wrote "The film is made like an old fashioned steamy tear jerker where good triumphs over evil in the last reel. Characters and milieu look early 20th century, they speak loudly as though they are on a stage without mikes".[4] Behindwoods wrote "Ilaingan is a movie that extols the virtues of communism; of workers demanding their rights and fighting for them. A good tight plot which seldom deviates, but is weighed down by a slightly plain graph of narration and a bit incomplete period recreation. It will be a good watch for those who enjoy strong-willed dramas."[5] Nowrunning wrote " Great effort has been taken to make the film with a ship of majestic proportions, but the story fails to impress. The plot is age old, something irrelevant in today's time."[6]


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