Thaandavam

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Thaandavam
Thaandavam Promo Poster.jpg
Production poster
Directed by A. L. Vijay
Produced by
Written by A. L. Vijay
Starring
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography Nirav Shah
Edited by Anthony
Production
company
UTV Motion Pictures
ShowMaker Regional Pictures
Distributed by ShowMaker Regional Pictures
Release dates
  • 28 September 2012 (2012-09-28)[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Thaandavam is a 2012 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by A. L. Vijay, starring Vikram, Jagapati Babu, Anushka Shetty, Amy Jackson and Lakshmi Rai.[2] It is produced by UTV Motion Pictures and features music composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar.[3] Thaandavam was released worldwide on 28 September 2012 mixed critical reviews . Its dubbed Telugu version, Siva Thaandavam, was released on 5 October 2012.

Plot[edit]

On 1 January 2011, a sudden bomb blast occurs in London, killing several people. The scene shifts to the same place after exactly a year, where a blind man Kenny Thomas (Vikram) lays flowers on the memorial and mourns someone's death during the bomb blast. He is then given some secret details by a mysterious woman. Kenny then takes a taxi driven by Satyan (Santhanam) who is a comical Tamil guy. He drops Kenny at a place and waits for him to return. But Kenny actually goes inside to kill someone. He kills him and throws him down. Seeing the corpse, Satyan flees. During this entire scene, Kenny is shown to produce a sound from his mouth, to find his way, which is later shown as echolocation. Later Kenny is shown to play piano in a local church, and he is blind he has so many people who care for him. In the meantime, Kenny carries out two more murders, taking the same taxi driven by the innocent Satyan, following instructions from the mysterious woman.

Sarah Vinayagam (Amy Jackson), a British-born Indian girl, wins the Miss London title, and to build her social profile, she goes to Kenny's church and acts like helping out there. Initially Kenny does not like her, but eventually they become friends. Sara's father is a doctor, who supports Kenny as he is blind. Police officer Veerakathi (Nasser), a Eela Tamil, is the officer in charge of the murders. As the autopsy of the murdered victims take place under Sara's father, Veerakathi visits him and comes to know about Kenny, who is admitted there for a small accident. Verrakathi initially suspects Kenny, but is not convinced that he is the murderer. As Satyan is found on all the murder spots, the police arrest him, suspecting that he must be having a connection with the murders. But Satyan manages to find a picture of Kenny from a local newspaper and informs Veerakathi. Satyan is released and he meets Sara, and both of them go to a place (which she comes to know from Kenny's phone, which he misses during a fight with the local thugs). They reach there in time to see Kenny almost kill a guy named Victor (a steel company owner). But Kenny flees the scene after seeing them and takes Satyan's taxi to escape. As he is blind, he runs the taxi into a river along with Satyan and Sara. Later they are shown to be in a river bank shocked. Sara and Satyan try to escape, where they see Geetha (Lakshmi Rai), who confronts Sara and Satyan, and reveals the real identity of Kenny.

Kenny is actually a RAW agent in India, whose real name is Shivakumar. He, along with Sharath (Jagapati Babu), complete various missions for the Indian government. Siva and Sarath are very close friends. Meantime Siva gets married to Meenakshi (Anushka Shetty), who is an Eye Doctor in Delhi. They both have same views on marriage that, one should first meet someone and then become friends and then fall in love and then get married. But as their marriage happens in a hurry, they decide that, they must first become friends. As time goes by, they become closer to each other and almost become the complete pair. Meenakshi decides to express her love to Shiva on the New year's Day (which turns out to be His birthday).

In the Meantime, Sharath handles a case where an Indian Army secret (a flowchart) about a WMD goes missing. Shiva shows interest in this case and he goes to London (on a different name,where a former Indian Policeman named Kenny helps him) to find an important clue, as Sharath is injured during a fight. But Shiva is shocked to find his plan go terribly wrong and is now chased by the London police, following a few incidents. But now he finds a shocking truth about Sarath. It is shown that Sharath is the mastermind behind the missing Flowchart and he sells it to a terrorist group, with some help from the London militants. Shiva finds this entire plot and asks Sharath to surrender. But he later learns that Meenakshi also has come to London along with Sharath (to surprise Shiva on his Birthday and Propose to him). So to save her, Shiva abides by Sharath's order and he comes to a place (with Kenny), where a sudden bomb blast occurs, killing Kenny and Meenakshi and Blinding Shiva. The actual wife of Kenny is Geetha, who decides to take revenge on those responsible for the death of Kenny and Meenakshi. She forms a team with Shiva, and joins him in a School where he learns Echolocation from Daniel Kish an expert echolocator. After that, Geetha tells the people who caused the disaster to Kenny and kills them when Mr. Veerakathi finally understood why Kenny was killing them. After electrocuting Sharath in Victor's (Sharath's friend) factory, the Union Minister requested Kenny to come back to India as Shivakumar but however, he rejects the request as Kenny's former identity as Shivakumar had 'died' and he is going to spend his life for Meenakshi.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

UTV Motion Pictures commenced an innovative title contest in Twitter and it received massive response from Vikram fans.[4] Vikram was revealed to play the role of a blind man, who practices the technique of human echolocation, the ability to detect objects, their position and size by sensing echoes.[5] Vikram underwent special sessions with Daniel Kish, an internationally renowned expert of human echolocation.[6] The team had planned to bring Kish to Chennai for the audio launch ceremony.[7] Anushka Shetty was chosen to portray Vikram’s wife in the film.[8] Amy Jackson plays a British-born-Tamil girl in the film and was said to dub for herself as well.[9] Telugu actor Jagapati Babu was selected to play villain.[10]

Filming[edit]

Filming commenced in Chennai in early December 2011 and was to be held in various locations in the US for 60 days and later in Delhi and various locations across southern Tamil Nadu.[11][12] Sources said that the film would be entirely shot in Los Angeles city.[13] Almost 50 per cent of the shoot was completed with the Delhi and Chennai schedules.[14] While "delays in getting the visa for the entire cast and crew" was the official reason given for the change of location from the US to the UK, sources told that the move was also necessitated to keep the budget from skyrocketing.[14][15] Some scenes were shot in UK.[16] Lakshmi Rai joined the team in London in May 2012.[17] A duet song between Vikram and Amy was shot on the River Thames.[18]

Soundtrack[edit]

Thaandavam
Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released 15 August 2012 (2012-08-15)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 29:17
Language Tamil
Label Junglee Music
Producer G. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Saguni
(2012)
Thaandavam
(2012)
Joker
(2012)

The soundtrack album was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, featuring lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar.[19] It is the 25th album of the music director.

Tracklist

All lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "A Poem For you"   G. V. Prakash Kumar 01:17
2. "Adhigaalai Pookkal"   G. V. Prakash Kumar 01:03
3. "Anicham Poovazhagi"   G. V. Prakash Kumar, Chinnaponnu, Velmurugan 04:56
4. "Oru Paadhi Kadhavu"   Haricharan, Vandana Srinivasan 05:36
5. "Shiva Thaandavam"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 02:14
6. "Uyirin Uyire"   Saindhavi, Sathya Prakash, G. V. Prakash Kumar 05:43
7. "Will You Be There"   Alyssa, Marie 04:01
8. "Yaaradi Mohini"   Rahul Nambiar, Megha 04:27
Total length:
29:17

Release[edit]

Produced on a budget of INR500 million (US$8.1 million),[20] Thaandavam was an average grosser at the box office. The satellite rights of the film were bagged by STAR Vijay. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board and released on 28 September 2012. Thaandavam helped raise INR2 million (US$32,000) for the National Association of Blind (NAB) through its premiere show donor passes.[21] The film released about 1000+ screens worldwide.[22]

Critical reception[edit]

Thaandavam opened mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan wrote that the film was a "damp squib" and gave 2 out of 5 stars.[23] Indiaglitz wrote: "Thaandavam has it's [sic] good sides and it's [sic] bad ones".[24] Sify's reviewer claimed that it was "Vikram and him alone who diverts your attention from the film's little logical script flaws and spellbinds you with an endearing act that is Thaandavam's biggest strength".[25] in.com's critic stated that it was a "neat revenge saga", further adding that it was "worth a watch for its neat screenplay and lavish production values", while giving it 3 out of 5.[26] Prakash Upadhyaya of Oneindia.in gave 3/5 and wrote "Thaandavam is not glamorous but it is rich. It does not have masala elements yet it is entertaining". Tamilko wrote: "Thaandavam’s dreary screenplay hampers the much needed pace for a film set in espionage backdrop. Though Vikram greatly rescues the movie the dull and predictable sequences doesn’t help Thaandavam’s course".[27] The Hindu described it as a fiery dance of the righteous.[28]

Box office[edit]

The film opened extremely well 70% – 90% occupancy on first day collected INR9.2 crore (US$1.5 million) at the box office.[29] On its opening weekend, Thaandavam grossed INR25.8 crore (US$4.2 million) worldwide.The film grossed INR29 crore (US$4.7 million) in Chennai, £40,520 in the UK and $90,969 in the USA respectively.[30] The film grossed INR18 crore (US$2.9 million) in five days worldwide.[31] The film remained at No.1 in the Chennai box office for two consecutive weeks.[32] The film final worldwide gross INR105 crore (US$17 million) at the box office. The movie was declared a 'blockbuster' at the box office.[33]

Awards[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Lyricist Na. Muthukumar for "Oru Paathi" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Saindhavi for "Uyirin Uyire" Won
Best Fight Choreographer Manohar Varma Nominated

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