Roja is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Arvind Swami and Madhoo in the lead roles. The theme of the film is based on the relationship between Savitri and Satyavan of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. The film was also dubbed in Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Telugu languages.
The film won three National Film Awards, including Best Film on National Integration, catapulting Ratnam to national acclaim. The film also gained international acclaim with its nomination for Best Film at the 18th Moscow International Film festival. The film was later re-released for international audiences in light of the growing fear of terrorist attacks across the world. It is the first in Ratnams trilogy of films that depict human relationships against a background of Indian policy including Bombay 1995 and Dil Se. 1998 (1995 including Bombay and Dil Se. 1998).
A.R.Rahman debuted as a film composer with (A. R. Rahman debuted as a film composer with) this film. He won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Tamil and the Tamil Nadu the state Film Award for Best Music Director for his work. This soundtrack is among the "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time listed in TIME magazine, issued in 2005.