|Directed by||N. Linguswamy|
|Produced by||Vikram Krishna|
|Written by||N. Linguswamy
S. Ramakrishnan (dialogues)
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||G. Sasikumar|
|GK Films Corporation|
|Running time||151 minutes|
Sandakozhi (English: Battle rooster) is a 2005 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by N. Linguswamy and produced by Vikram Krishna under the banner of GK Film Corporation. The film stars Vishal, Meera Jasmine, Rajkiran and Lal in lead roles, whilst Suman Setty, Raja, Shanmugarajan and Ganja Karuppu essay supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film released on 16 December 2005 to rave reviews and has become one of the huge hits in 2005, running for more than 200 days in theatres. The film was remade in Kannada as Vayuputra.
The story is about Balu (Vishal), who on a visit to his friend’s town Chidambaram, takes on the local dada Kasi (Lal). Balu, an engineering student, also falls in love with his friend’s sister Hema (Meera Jasmine).
Kasi, after being at the receiving end of Balu’s macho ways, is smarting under the rebuff. He thirsts for revenge. So when Balu goes back to his own city Madurai, Kasi also goes there to extract blood for blood. But Balu is from no ordinary family. His father Dorai (Raj Kiran) is himself a powerful leader in his domain. So taking out Balu is not such an easy task. But Kasi wants revenge at any cost. He befriends a local goon(Thalaivaasal' Vijay) who is made an outcast by Dorai and they together plan to exact revenge. Meanwhile Balu's friend and his family visits his city as they are on a pilgrimage they meet Balu at the temple and accept his apology. He proposes to Hema and their love is accepted by their parents. The goons plan to exact revenge during the annual temple festival as they reason that it will be crowded and that Dorai and his henchmen will not be able to defend themselves .They attack but the events do not turn out in their favor. Finally Balu fights with Kasi and triumphs in the end.
- Story, Screenplay & Direction: N. Linguswamy
- Production: Vikram Krishna
- Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
- Cinematography: Nirav Shah & Jeeva
- Editing: G. Sasikumar
- Art direction: V. Selvakumar
- Stunts: Kanal Kannan
- Audiography: H. Sridhar
- Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Tharun Kumar, Rekha Chinni Prakash & Dinesh
- Stills: Ranga Rao D.
- Lyrics: Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar, Yuga Bharathi & Thamarai
- Dialogue: S. Rama Krishnan
- Co-Direction: Kanagu
- Production executive: K. Balakrishnan
- Banner: GK Films Corporation
Meera Jasmine-Lingusamy duo, after successfully teaming up together for 'Run', come together again in 'Sandai Kozhi', shortly set to hit the theaters. The film gives scope for Meera and Vishal to dominate the first and second half respectively. For Vishal it's his second release after 'Chellamey', and for director Lingusamy it's his fourth film after 'Anandam', 'Run' and 'Ji'. Title is named after the song from Aayutha Ezhuthu which also featured Meera Jasmine.
Playing the villain in the film is popular Malayalam actor and producer Lal, who'd played a dual role in the Vijaykanth-starrer 'Engal Anna'. Rajkiran plays the village chief.
A fight scene involving hero Vishal and Lal was picturised in Dindigul for seven days. The songs have been shot at locations in Australia, New Zealand and Chennai. An introduction song for Rajkiran was shot at Theni.
|Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
25 November 2005 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The soundtrack, composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, teaming up for the first time with director N. Linguswamy, was released on 25 November 2005. It features 5 tracks, the lyrics of which were written by Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar, Yuga Bharathi and Thamarai. Both the film score as well as the songs were appreciated and praised as outstanding with the song "Ennamo Nadakirathe" considered as the pick of the album.
|1||"Dhavanipotta Deepavali"||Vijay Yesudas, Shreya Ghoshal||4:23||Yuga Bharathi|
|2||"Ennamo Nadakkirathe"||Shaan||5:01||Na. Muthukumar|
|3||"Gumthalakkadi Gana"||Karthik, Ranjith||5:03||Na. Muthukumar|
|4||"Ketta Kodukkira Boomi"||Chinmayi, Ganga, Jassie Gift, Sujatha Mohan||4:26||Thamarai|
|5||"Mundasu Sooriyane"||Karthik, Sriram||3:44||Pa. Vijay|
- The film was a commercial success grossing $3.5 million at the box office.
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