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DVD poster
Directed by Majeeth
Produced by G. Venkateswaran
Written by Majeeth (dialogue)
Screenplay by S. A. Chandrasekhar
Story by Majeeth
Starring Vijay
Priyanka Chopra
Music by D. Imman
Cinematography N.K. Ekambaram
Editing by V. T. Vijayan
Release dates April 12, 2002
Running time 162 mins
Language Tamil
Budget INR115 million (US$1.9 million)[1]
Box office INR72 million (US$1.2 million)

Thamizhan (English: Tamilian) is a 2002 Tamil film directed by Majeed and produced by G. Venkateswaran. The film stars Vijay in the lead role with Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra, making her debut as a lead actress.[2] Revathi, Nassar, Ashish Vidyarthi and Vivek also play pivotal roles in the film, while the film's score and soundtrack were composed by D. Imman. The film was released on Tamil New Year's Day in the year 2002 to mixed critical acclaim. It is being remade in Hindi in 2014 as Lawyer Surya Singh [3] and is being dubbed in Telugu as Dammunte Kasko. [4]


Surya (Vijay) is a lawyer with right values, who tries to redress things the legal way. He falls in love with Priya (Chopra). His brother-in-law Shakthivel (Nassar), also an upright lawyer, is killed in the process of upholding justice. Surya's sister (Revathy) also meets a pitiful end at the hands of criminals. But Surya refuses to give up. His mission is to make the layman understand his legal rights and how he does so forms the crux of the story.



  • Story,Dialogue and directed by: Majeeth
  • Screenplay by:S. A. Chandrasekhar
  • Produced by: G. Venkateswaran
  • Music: D. Imman
  • Cinematography: N.K. Ekambaram
  • Editor: V. T. Vijayan
  • Banner: G V Films
  • Art: Sabu Cyril
  • Fights: Super Subburayan


In 2001, producer G. Venkateswaran signed on Thirupathisamy to direct Vijay in an action film titled Velan. The film, a remake of the director's Telugu film Azad, saw Priyanka Chopra, winner of the beauty pageant Miss World 2000, being roped in by Venkateswaren to make her debut and play the lead female role.[5] However before production began, Thirupathisamy died in an accident and Venkateswaren duly decided to give debutant Majid a chance to direct a film with the same cast.[6]

Gouthami Tadimalla was initially selected to play Vijay's sister in the film, but was later replaced by Revathi.[7] Vivek was signed on to film comedy scenes for a sum of 15 lakh rupees.[8] A new technical team of music director 17-year-old Imman, who had scored for serials earlier, and cinematographer Ekambaram, who had apprenticed with Jeeva, were also selected. Furthermore the sets were designed by Sabu Cyril, dance choreography was by Raju Sundaram, and stunts were arranged by Super Subbarayan.[9][10]

A scene for the film featured the producer and lyricist Vairamuthu making guest appearances as themselves during a book launch event.[11] The patriotic nature of the film led to a postal stamp being released with Vijay's face on it.[12] The similarities of title and the same release date between Thamizhan and the Prashanth-starrer Thamizh created confusion, with the producers of both films unable to accommodate any changes.[13]


The film opened to mixed reviews from film critics on April 14, 2002.[14] Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu praised Vijay's image change and claimed he acts out a "creditable portrayal", while adding that "dialogue is a strong point of the film". Though she also mentioned that "debutante Priyanka Chopra has precious little to do" and that Revathi's role was of a cliched elder sister.[15] The critic from also gave the film a positive review stating that the director had succeeded in making a good debut, while adding that Vijay is "his usual lively self". In regard to the other roles, the critic claims that Chopra, "shows no promise" while Revathi and Nassar "fulfill what their roles demand" and that Ashish Vidyarthi "as the villain is promising".[16] Another critic labelled the film as "meaningful cinema" though stated that some scenes were overdone.[17] In comparison, a reviewer from stated that "the message conveyed leaves you exhausted and stressed", giving the film a below average review.[18][19][20]


Soundtrack album by D. Imman
Released 2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
D. Imman chronology
Whistle (2003)

The soundtrack of the film was composed by D. Imman, who with the soundtrack made his debut at just 17 years old.[21] The composer had previously worked with the team for the film Kaadhale Swaasam, but the project never got released.[22] Actress Priyanka Chopra sung a song in the film, with Vijay recommending her after he had heard her humming to a tune.[23]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Hot Party"   Tippu, Mathangi  
2. "La La La La Law"   Shankar Mahadevan, Lavanya  
3. "Mattu Mattu"   D. Imman, Anuradha Sriram  
4. "Tamizha Tamizha"   Karthik  
5. "Ullathai Killathe"   Vijay, Priyanka Chopra  

Box Office[edit]

The film opened to mixed reviews from critics, but it was a super hit at the box office.[24][25]


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  24. ^ "'Thamizhan' was hit because of Vijay: Imman". CNN-IBN. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "April brings cheer to Tamil film industry". The Economic Times. 3 May 2002. Retrieved 12 December 2012.