|Directed by||Prabhu Deva|
|Produced by||Singanamala Ramesh|
|Written by||V. Prabhakar (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Prabhu Deva
|Story by||Puri Jagannadh|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Edited by||Kola Bhaskar|
|Distributed by||Aascar Films|
|Release dates||12 January 2007|
|Running time||160 minutes|
|Budget||150 million (US$2.5 million)|
|Box office||680 million (US$11 million)|
Pokkiri (English: Rogue) is a 2007 Tamil action-thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. The film stars Vijay and Asin with Prakash Raj, Nassar, Vadivelu, Sriman and Napoleon playing supporting roles. Mumaith Khan and Prabhu Deva make guest appearances. Nirav Shah handled cinematography while Kola Bhaskar was the film's editor. The film was launched in 6 July 2006. Filming took place in India and Australia.
It is a remake of Puri Jagannadh's Telugu film Pokiri (2006) starring Mahesh Babu and Ileana D'Cruz. Some changes have been made in the film to suit Tamil Nadu audiences. The strength of the story lies in maintaining the suspense of the true identity of the hero till the end. It is a mix of action and romance with a message about the duty and responsibility of the police force. Prabhu Deva remade the film again in Hindi as Wanted (2009). The film whose plot revolves around a young IPS officer who acts as an a criminal in order to eliminate notorious criminals in a police operation, released on 12 January 2007 to commercial success and completed a 200-day run at the box office and was declared a blockbuster. Later, it was also dubbed in Hindi under the title Wanted Baghi.
The city of Chennai is rife with the nefarious activities of land mafia. There are two rival gangs, one under Ali Bhai (Prakash Raj) who resides in Dubai and controls his India operations through his brothers Guru and Ajay as well as Ali Bhai's girlfriend Mona (Brinda Parekh), and another operated by a local goon Narasimhan (Anandaraj). They threaten builders and land owners into giving them protection money or property, through force, extortion or murder. Mohammed Maideen Khan (Napoleon) arrives as the new Commissioner of Chennai and starts cracking down on crime.
Tamizh (Vijay), a thug, is abducted by Ajay and his henchmen. Tamizh has taken a contract from Narasimhan to beat up Ajay, which he does. However, Guru invites Tamizh to join Ali Bhai's gang. Tamizh declines stating that he does not work for any gang, but is ready to do anything given enough money. Meanwhile, Tamizh falls in love with Shruthi (Asin), when he visits his friend Saravanan's (Sreeman) aerobics class, but she mistakes him for a thug. Shruthi, a college student, lives with her widowed mother (Sriranjani) and younger brother (Master Bharath). Body Soda (Vadivelu) lives above Shruthi's house, and is a bogus Kung Fu master who frequently, albeit comically and unsuccessfully, tries to convince Shruthi to marry him. Inspector Govindan (Mukesh Tiwari), is a corrupt police officer in the colony where Tamizh and Shruthi live and is on the payroll of Ali Bhai. He falls for Shruthi and decides to make her his mistress, even after multiple rejections by Shruthi.
Tamizh's first assignment with Ali's gang is to kill a member of Narasimhan's gang. However, police show up at the spot where Tamizh and the other gangsters are waiting. Tamizh engages the cops long enough for the others to finish the task and flee. He also helps Shruthi escape from Govindan. She is impressed by his kindness and a friendship soon blossoms between the two, leading to the development of unspoken romantic feelings for each other. When Shruthi tries to express her feelings to Tamizh, they are attacked by members of Narasimhan's gang, whom Tamizh finishes off. Shruthi is shocked to learn that Tamizh is a gangster with no qualms about killing people.
Later, Govindan arranges for some thugs to pretend to rape Shruthi, so that no decent family will want to take her as their daughter-in-law, as a result of which with no other option Shruthi and her mother will accept his demands. Tamizh learns of this and assaults Govindan incognito. After much ado and mental anguish, Shruthi accepts Tamizh's love.
Soon, Guru is found dead, presumably killed by Narasimhan's henchmen, which forces Ali Bhai to come to Chennai and kill Narasimhan. He also meets Tamizh to discuss the killing of a minister by blowing up a school. Tamizh disagrees with Ali Bhai's method as it would involve killing innocents including women and children. In the middle of their argument, the police raid the club and arrest Ali Bhai. His gang members retaliate by kidnapping the police commissioner's daughter, drugging her and creating a lewd video of her which they threaten to release to the media if Ali Bhai is not released, forcing the embattled commissioner to release Ali Bhai. In her drugged state, the commissioner's daughter also reveals that her father had placed a mole in Ali Bhai's gang. The gang members find that a police officer by the name of Satyamoorthy, the son of a retired police inspector Shanmugavel (Nassar), has gone undercover to finish off the underworld mafia gangs and is now a part of their gang. Ali Bhai kills Satyamoorthy in front of Shanmugavel. However, it is revealed that the person who died was actually Saravanan. Ali Bhai then kills Shanmugavel, hoping that the real Satyamoorthy would come to see his father's body and avenge his death. When the real Satyamoorthy actually turns up, everyone, especially Shruthi, is shocked to see that he is none other than Tamizh.
After his father's funeral, Satyamoorthy forces Govindan to call Ali Bhai to find out his location, which is Binny Mills. He goes there and starts to dispatch Ali Bhai's men one by one, rescuing the commissioner's daughter in the process. In a final confrontation, Satyamoorthy kills Ali Bhai by slitting his throat. Following this, he also kills Govindan.
- Vijay as Tamizh/Sathyamoorthy IPS
- Asin Thottumkal as Shruthi
- Vadivelu as Body Soda
- Prakash Raj as Ali Bhai
- Napoleon as Mohammed Maideen Khan
- Mukesh Tiwari as Inspector Govindan
- Nassar as Shanmugavel
- Sreeman as Saravana
- Vaiyapuri as Vijay's friend
- Screenplay and Direction: Prabhu Deva
- Producer: Singanamala Ramesh
- Dialogues: V. Prabhakar
- Story: Puri Jagannadh
- Music: Mani Sharma
- Cinematography: Nirav Shah
- Editing: Kola Bhaskar
- Art: K. Kadhir
- Executive Producer: Sanjay Singh
- Lyrics: Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar, Snehan, Kabilan
- Action: FEFSI Vijayan
- Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Dinesh, Ashok Raja, Sridhar, Vishnu Deva
- Co-Director: M. Krishnamurthy, A. C. Muhil
- Associate Director: B. R. Chandru, K. R. Prabhu, G. Jayakannan
- Assistant Director: G. Kalaimamani, K. C. Perumal
- Audiography: A. S. Laxmi Narayan
- Sound Effects: C. Sethu
- Visual Effects: EFX
- Costumes: Nalini Sriram, Chetan), Anu Parthasarathy
- Make-up: Nagaraj
After his film Aadhi in January 2006, for nearly six months Vijay was listening to stories but none appealed he was supposed to do a Tamil version of Dharani's Bangaram, until that film's failure made him look at other options. That's when he got to watch the Telugu Pokiri he felt that it would work. After difficulty in finding directors, Prabhudeva was selected as director directing his first film in Tamil after the failure of his Telugu film Pournami. The movie was launched in 6 July 2006, Vijay's father SAC conducted special puja at the Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai. On Saturday night, which was the full moon day, which is an auspicious occasion for the presiding deity there, he spent a full hour before the Lord seeking his blessings. He also prayed at the Sacred Church at Velankanni. Asin was selected pairing with Vijay for second time after Sivakasi.
The first day of shoot for the film was held at the new Pillayar Kovil at AVM studios, with various dignitaries gracing the occasion. Vijay's mother Shobha Chandrasekhar gave the clap for the first shot. The first scene shot was with Asin and Vijay, the lead pair in the film, in an elevator that was specially designed for the film.
The soundtrack has 8 songs composed by Mani Sharma. Two of the songs from the original Telugu version were retained, and remade in Tamil.
|Studio album by Mani Sharma|
15 December 2006 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
|Rediff.com Movies|||
|"Dole Dole Than"||Ranjith, Suchitra||Vijay, Asin Thottumkal||4:43||Pa. Vijay|
|"Aadungada Yennai Suththi"||Naveen||Vijay, Prabhu Deva||4:29||Kabilan|
|"Nee Mutham Ondru"||Ranjith, Swetha Mohan||Vijay, Asin||4:52||Pa. Vijay|
|"Mambazhamam Mambazham"||Shankar Mahadevan, Ganga||Vijay, Asin, Vadivelu||4:41||Snehan|
|"En Chella Peru Apple"||A. V. Ramanan, Suchitra||Vijay, Mumaith Khan||4:35||Pa. Vijay|
|"Vasaantha Mullai"||Rahul Nambiar, Krishnamoorthy||Vijay, Asin||4:19||Na. Muthukumar|
|"Nee Mutham Ondru" (Remix)||Ranjith, Suchitra||4:12||Pa. Vijay|
|"Pokkiri Theme"||Mani Sharma||2:36|
The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Sun TV. The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board and released on 2007 at the festival of Pongal, alongside Ajith's Aalwar and Vishal's Thaamirabharani. The film collected 61 million in Tamil Nadu in its first weekend from 142 screens.
Pokkiri opened to positive Reviews.Sify said that the film was "enjoyable while it lasts". Indiaglitz stated that Vijay stole the show with his "typical 'Vijayisms' (action, humor and punch dialogues)" and that the show was "action-packed entertainer". Behindwoods review felt that Vadivelu and Prakash Raj’s performances were lackluster, and stated that Raj " might do well to sit back and analyze the roles that he accepts," but concluded that the movie overall "packs a punch." Rediff.com gave the movie one and half stars, stating "there's nothing more tedious than a badly made remake." Nowrunning.com stated that "Pokkiri' is attractively packaged and presented". Oneindia.in stated that "Pokkiri is a full length action movie of Vijay."
|Vijay Awards||Favourite Film||Singanamala Ramesh||Won|
|Favourite Director||Prabhu Deva||Won|
|Entertainer of the Year||Vijay||Won|
|Best Villain||Prakash Raj||Nominated|
|Best Art Director||Kathir||Nominated|
|Best Stunt Director||Fefsi Vijaan||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Actor||Vijay||Nominated|
|Mathrubhumi Film Awards||Best Tamil Film||Pokkiri||Won|
|Best Tamil Director||Prabhu Deva||Won|
|Best Tamil Actor||Vijay||Won|
The original Telugu film Pokiri, directed by Puri Jagannadh, was remade in several other languages and still found success in the respective regional cinemas. Pokkiri is the first remake. The second one was Wanted, the Hindi version in 2009 which was also directed by Prabhu Deva, Like the two other versions, Wanted had Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia in the lead and has also Prakash Raj as the villain. After that, a Kannada version, Porkhi, directed by M.D. Sridhar, was released in 14 January 2010. Below is an actor map of the lead actors in the story of Pokiri and its remakes.
|Mahesh Babu||Vijay||Salman Khan||Darshan||Shakib Khan|
|Ileana D'Cruz||Asin||Ayesha Takia||Pranitha||Boby|
|Prakash Raj||Prakash Raj||Prakash Raj||Ashish Vidyarthi||Ilish Kobra|
|Nassar||Nassar||Vinod Khanna||Avinash||Pribir Mitro|
|Sayaji Shinde||Napoleon||Govind Namdeo||Devaraj||Sanko Panja|
|Ashish Vidyarthi||Mukesh Tiwari||Mahesh Manjrekar||Shobaraj||Rothun|
|Jyothi Rana||Brinda Parekh||Mahek Chahal||Sangeetha Shetty||Arefin Iqbal|
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