Agni Natchathiram (1988)
Agni Natchathiram is a 1988 Indian Tamil action-drama film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. The film stars Prabhu, Karthik, Amala, and newcomer Nirosha, with Vijayakumar, Jayachitra, Sumithra, Tara, S. N. Lakshmi, and G. Umapathy in supporting roles. It revolves around two half-brothers who come into conflict with each other in their claim for legitimacy as sons of a common father.
Mani Ratnam intended for Agni Natchathiram to be his next film after Mouna Ragam (1986) and completed the script, but chose to prioritize Nayakan. Despite shooting some scenes during a break from that film, production on Agni Natchathiram was stalled for nearly a year and resumed only after Nayakan's release in Diwali 1987. The film was produced by Ratnam's brother G. Venkateswaran, filmed by P. C. Sreeram, and edited by B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan.
Agni Natchathiram was released on 15 April 1988 and became a box office success, running for over 200 days in theatres. The film won two Filmfare Awards South, three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, and five Cinema Express Awards. It became a trendsetter in Tamil cinema for its setting of a new standard in the use of lighting and was remade in Hindi as Vansh (1992).