|Directed by||Badri Venkatesh|
|Produced by||Senthil Thyagarajan
|Written by||Badri Venkatesh
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Cinematography||Richard Maria Nathan|
|Editing by||Suresh Urs|
|Release dates||6 August 2010|
|Running time||146 minutes|
Baana Kaathadi (Tamil: பாணா காத்தாடி; English: Kite) is a 2010 Tamil romance film written and directed by Badri Venkatesh. Adharvaa, son of Tamil actor Murali, makes his debut in the film as a lead actor, while Prasanna, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and Karunas also play lead roles, while Murali makes a cameo appearance. Featuring music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Richard Maria Nathan and editing by Suresh Urs, the film, which was launched in March 2009, released on 6 August 2010. It is the last movie of Murali, who made a special appearance in this movie, before his death in September 2010. This movie was an above average grosser but was an acclaimed film.
One day, in his rush to grab hold of a falling kite, Ramesh bumps into Priya (Samantha), a fashion technology student. In the process, her pendrive falls into his pocket, without either of them realising. The pendrive consists of six months' worth of Priya's project work, and she needed to submit it. Asking the principal for an extension, Priya searches for Ramesh, and finally manages to find him. She thoroughly humiliates him, while he denies the pendrive is with him. After college one day, Ramesh and his friends see Priya on the road. They tease her and infuriate her, eventually leading to her slapping him.
A few days later, while Ramesh's mother is washing his pants, she finds the pendrive. Ramesh realises the fault is his, and immediately goes to return the pendrive. Priya is impressed with his attitude, as she expected him to keep the pendrive because she slapped him. This marks the beginning of their friendship.
As time passes, Priya and Ramesh become closer. Urged by his friends, Ramesh goes to tell Priya that he loves her. However, while asking for money from his friend Kumar (Karunaas), he accidentally takes the condom from Kumar's pocket as well. When Ramesh sees the condom, he tries to hide it from Priya. However, just then, the police arrives, and he is forced to drop it. Priya sees the condom and is shocked. She denies knowing Ramesh, resulting in him being taken to the police station.
Ramesh is finally brought home, and refuses to talk to Priya. His friends try to talk to her, but she does not listen. However, when her friend tells her how much Ramesh actually loves her, she is finally convinced. Ramesh had actually bought Priya a grain of rice with her name written on it. Priya thus realises she also loves Ramesh and begins trying to get him to accept her. However, he refuses to accept her as he believes she thinks he is of lower-class.
In a subplot, Ramesh witnesses a murder committed by the local gangster Ravi (Prasanna). In shock, Ramesh runs away, and eventually trips over an elderly man. The next day, Ravi sends Ramesh to Gujarat as he fears for his safety. A few days later, the deceased's son appears in the Commissioner's office with the elderly man, who claims he can identify the boy who ran into him. Apparently, the deceased is an ex-MLA, and the Commissioner decides to deal with the matter himself. The Inspector warns Ravi and his gang, implying to them that the witness should be killed.
Meanwhile, Priya receives a call from her mother telling her that her father is going for surgery and asks her to return to the US. Priya tells Ramesh that she will be waiting at the bus stop the next day, at the same place where they first met. If he loves her, he would come. The next day, eventually being coaxed by Kumar, Ramesh goes to see her. On the way, Ravi tries to kill him, but his conscience gets the better of him. However, he also knows there is another goon in the same bus as Priya waiting to kill Ramesh. Ramesh manages to stand in front of Priya, and they hold hands for a while. Ramesh then slips off the steps and is run over by the bus. His mother, friends and Priya mourn his death while the goon who was supposed to kill him slips away.
The movie ends with Priya in a car, looking at the grain of rice that has her name on it which Ramesh presented to her for her birthday.
- Adharvaa as Ramesh
- Prasanna as Ravi
- Samantha as Priya
- Karunas as Kumar
- T. P. Gajendran
- Murali as 'Idhayam' Raja (Guest appearance)
- Debi Dutta in an item number.
On 9 March 2009, the film's launch took place at AVM Studios in Vadapalani in Chennai, which was attended by the entire cast and crew and other prominent film personalities actor Murali and producer S. A. Chandrasekhar. A major portion of the film is said to have been shot at the International Kites Festival of Gujarat, which would be the first time in the history of Tamil cinema.
|Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Released||30 April 2010|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
Baana's soundtrack is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The soundtrack album, which was released on 30 April'10 at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai, features 5 songs, 4 of which being solo numbers. However, contrary to earlier reports, the album didn't feature a remix of the Ilaiyaraaja song "Aathadi Paavadai" from the film Poovilangu that starred Adharva's father Murali. Na. Muthukumar has written the lyrics for two songs, whilst Vaali, Snehan and Gangai Amaran have penned for each one song.All songs received positive comments and became hit instantly
|1.||"Thaakkuthe Kann Thaakkuthe"||Vaali||Yuvan Shankar Raja||4:08|
|2.||"Oru Paithiyam Pidikkudhu"||Na. Muthukumar||Karthik||5:29|
|3.||"Kuppathu Rajakkal"||Snehan||Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar, Sathyan||4:43|
|4.||"En Nenjil"||Na. Muthukumar||Sadhana Sargam||5:10|
|5.||"Ullara Poondhu Paaru"||Gangai Amaran||Roshini||5:02|
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