An early poster
|Directed by||N. Linguswamy|
|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Written by||S. Ramakrishnan (Dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||N. Linguswamy|
|Story by||N. Linguswamy|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Editing by||Anthony Gonsalvez|
|Distributed by||Sri Surya Movies|
|Release dates||14 January 2008|
|Running time||2 hr 49 min|
Bheemaa is a 2008 Indian Tamil action film, written and directed by N. Linguswamy. It stars Vikram, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj and Raghuvaran. The film score was by composer Harris Jayaraj, shot by cinematographer R. D. Rajasekhar, and edited by Anthony. The film was released on 14 January 2008, after two years of production delays, to mixed reviews. The release coincides with the Thai Pongal harvest festival in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The story follows a tug of war between two underworld gangs trying to outsmart each other. Chinna’s (Prakash Raj) gang, the smaller of the two, struggles to overtake Periyavar’s (Raghuvaran) gang until a man named Sekar (Vikram) gives Chinna’s gang new life. Sekar is a man of steel, physically and mentally, who had idolised Chinna in his childhood; he is similar to the character Bhima from the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata. Sekar challenges Periyavar’s group and puts Chinna on top.
The gangs are then targeted by the new police commissioner (Ashish Vidyarthi). Sekar later leaves the fight to settle down with his girlfriend Shalini (Trisha Krishnan), but although Chinna wants Sekar to lead his own life, his gang members want him back. In the film's climax, Chinna's gang members kill Shalini; Sekar retaliates by killing Chinna, and the police then kill Sekar.
- Vikram as Sekar
- Trisha Krishnan as Shalini
- Prakash Raj as Chinna
- Raghuvaran as Periyavar
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Police Commissioner
- Lakshmi Gopalaswamy as Padma
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Saamy
- Srinath as Guru
- Sampath Raj as Periyavar's Son
- Sanusha as Suchitra (Shalini's Sister)
- Sherin in a Special Appearance in the song "Rangu Rangamma"
- Shafi as Chinna Friend
- Shridhar Kumar as Chinna's Friend
Vikram had created an identity for himself by portraying performance oriented offbeat roles. So he began alternating between commercial cinema and arthouse films. After playing heavy roles in Arul and Anniyan, Vikram wanted to make a light hearted comedy film. After seeing the Malayalam film Thommanum Makkalum starring Mammootty, Vikram approached the director of the film Shafi and expressed interest in remaking it in Tamil. The film was titled Majaa and the film shooting began. During the making of Majaa, Vikram met with actor Dileep who was then working on his film Chanthupottu. Chanthupottu had Dileep playing an effeminate character. When it got released, it was commercially successful and brought critical acclaim for Dileep's portrayal.
Vikram, who saw the movie, was impressed and wanted to remake it in Tamil. Vikram approached producer Mohan Natarajan to buy the remake rights of the film. The remake was tentatively titled Bheemaa. But when his film Majaa hit the screens, it did only average business. So Vikram was skeptical about remaking Chanthupottu. The film was first postponed but later shelved. The producer of the film, A. M. Rathnam approached director Lingusamy to come up with a new script.
After Ji, Lingusamy announced his next project "Bheemaa" in 2005. Vikram trained his body for three months with the help of former Mr. Tamil Nadu bodybuilding champion Rajendran for the part of Sekar so that he would look more like the physically strong character of Bheemaa. Vikram stated that he approached the film like an actor even though the film's script was written "for a star" and furthermore he told that it is one of the most powerful roles.
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were considered to play heroine but replaced by Trisha. There were rumours that Mammootty would act in the film but reports proved untrue. Nana Patekar was replaced by Prakashraj to play villain. Raghuvaran was selected to play an important role. Sherin was selected to perform item number.
A song was shot with 3000 junior artistes flown in from Mumbai. The duet song was shot at Madurai Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. The scenes were shot in Rameshwaram and Tuticorin. A song sequence with Vikram and Trisha was picturised for the last few days on a huge ship located in mid sea. A song was shot at Australia. Re-recording was completed in 30 days and the song "Oru Mugamo" was shot with 30 scenes.
Since the film was in making for long time, Vikram had no releases in years 2006 and 2007. The filming was finally completed in 2007.
Vijaykanth has lodged a formal complaint at the Producers’ Council and the Nadigar Sangam against producer A.M. Rathnam for settlement of dues amounting to Rs.8.5 million. According to Vijayakanth’s sources, the producer had promised the actor to pay the amount after the release of the movie Dharmapuri in which he had acted. However, the producer moved on to his next project Bheemaa, starring Vikram, without keeping his promise. Perturbed by this, the actor has sought action against the producer and has requested Rama Narayanan, president of the Producers’ Council to intervene and stop the release of Bheemaa until his dues are settled.
A petition was filed by a travels company alleging that Sri Surya Movies, who had produced 'Bheemaa', had card dues for air tickets bought from them to go abroad and shoot 'Bheemaa'. Hence the petitioners sought a stay on the movie's release. When the petition came up for hearing at the Madras High Court on Friday, the Judges declined to grant the stay and they rather insisted the production house to pay dues from their property security amount.
|Soundtrack album to Bheemaa by Harris Jayaraj|
|Released||19 January 2008|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
The soundtrack of the film was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The lyrics are penned by Na. Muthukumar, Pa.Vijay, Thamarai and Yugabharathi. it was well received by the audience. Bheemaa is the only film Harris scored for Linguswamy. The soundtrack received tremendous response, both critically and commercially .Behindwoods rated the soundtrack 4 out of 5 and mentioned, "Overall the music is good and Harris has once again proved his mettle with six numbers which are sure to be lapped up by all the music lovers in the coming months. "
- Tamil Tracklist
|1.||"Ragasiya Kanavugal"||Yugabharathi||Hariharan, Madhushree||06:05|
|2.||"Mudhal Mazhai"||Na. Muthukumar||R. Prasanna, Hariharan, Mahathi||05:48|
|3.||"Rangu Rangamma"||Pa. Vijay||Vijay Yesudas, Kailash Kher, Swarnalatha||06:11|
|4.||"Siru Paaravaiyaale"||Thamarai||Karthik, Harini||05:01|
|5.||"Oru Mugamo"||Pa. Vijay||Krish, Naresh Iyer||05:19|
|6.||"Enadhuyire"||Yugabharathi||Nikhil Mathew, Chinmayi, Sadhana Sargam, Sowmya Raoh||04:45|
- Telugu Tracklist
|1.||"Rahasyapu Kalale"||Hariharan, Madhushree||06:05|
|2.||"Paruvapu Vaana"||R. Prasanna, Mahathi||05:48|
|3.||"Rangu Rangamma"||Vijay Yesudas, Kailash Kher, Swarnalatha||06:11|
|4.||"Kanu Choopula"||Karthik, Harini||05:01|
|5.||"Oka Mukhamu"||Krish, Naresh Iyer||05:19|
|6.||"O Manasa"||Nikhil Mathew, Chinmayi, Sadhana Sargam, Sowmya Raoh||04:45|
After three years of production, "Bheemaa" was finally released on 14 January 2008 on the eve of Pongal alongside other releases like Pazhani, Kaalai, Vaazhthugal, Pidichirukku and Pirivom Santhippom. Prior release, the film was certified U/A. The film was released in 300 prints at 10 theatres in Chennai.
Nowrunning wrote: "Bheema is a mix of action, romance, thrill and sentiment, but fails to impress. The shoddy screenplay and jerky narration are more to blame than the lack of ingenuity on the part of the director, Bheema is a one-man show of Vikram". Sify wrote: "The film lacks a solid story with no twists, and instead it tests the patience of the viewers as it turns out to be a mix of fight followed by a song, and again breaking out into another well choreographed action scene that dissolves into yet another song in Switzerland and followed by more stunt scenes". Behindwoods wrote: "For pure lovers of action, Bheema might just be the Pongal movie they are looking for, but those expecting an action movie with a strong story will be disappointed". Rediff wrote: "A M Rathnam's flashy Tamil venture, produced with state-of-the-art techniques and freeze frames that promise to dazzle you. That promise, at least, they manage to deliver".
 The film debuted at number one position at the Chennai box-office and grossed 5.8 million in the first four days of release, eventually grossing 30 million there. In Overseas market, the film grossed $634,779 in United Kingdom and Malaysia. But the film was considered a flop overall.
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