Bairavi is a 1978 Tamil film directed by veteran filmmaker M Bhaskar in his debut. The movie features Rajinikanth, Srikanth, and Sripriya in lead roles, while Thengai Srinivasan, Suruli Rajan, and Goundamani played supporting roles. The story revolves around a zamindar named Kaliannan (Srikanth) who is held by the British government for refusing to pay taxes. Desperate to save her husband, Kaliannan's wife (Devika) seeks help from her brother, Rangan (Rajinikanth). Rangan vows to help Kaliannan and uncovers a plot that led to Kaliannan's imprisonment. The plot involves the village's former zamindar, Radhakrishna Thevar (Thengai Srinivasan), who has conspired with the British for his own gain.
As Rangan delves deeper into the plot, he realizes that he might have to use force to restore justice. Rangan's companions, Mani (Suruli Rajan) and Mayil (Goundamani), become embroiled in their efforts to help Kaliannan. Meanwhile, Radhakrishna Thevar's daughter, Bairavi (Sripriya), falls in love with Rangan, much to her father's disappointment. Bairavi, convinced of Rangan's good intentions, joins forces with him to take on her father and the British.
The movie features stunning visuals and melodious music by Ilaiyaraaja. The song "Aayiram Malargale Malarungal" remains a popular favorite among music lovers to this day.
Bairavi was a commercial and critical success and helped establish Rajinikanth as a leading hero. The film's action sequences were highly praised and became a benchmark for future films in the genre. Rajinikanth's performance in the film was highly praised, and he received his first Best Actor nomination at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
In conclusion, Bairavi is a classic action film that is worth watching for its stellar performances, engaging storyline, breathtaking action sequences, and timeless music.