Thillalangadi

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Thillalangadi
Thillalangadi.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed by M. Raja
Produced by Editor Mohan
Written by Vakkantham Vamsi (story)
M. Raja
Based on Kick  
by Vakkantham Vamsi
Starring Jayam Ravi
Tamannaah
Shaam
Prabhu Ganesan
Vadivelu
Suhasini Maniratnam
Santhanam
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
S. Thaman
Cinematography B. Rajsekhar
Edited by Ramsudharsan
Production
  company
Jayam Company
Distributed by Sun Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 23 July 2010 (2010-07-23)
Running time 180 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Thillalangadi (Tamil: தில்லாலங்கடி; English: Naughtiness) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language action comedy masala film directed by M. Raja that stars his brother Jayam Ravi, Shaam and Tamannaah in lead roles, and an extensive supporting cast including Prabhu Ganesan, Suhasini Maniratnam, comedians Vadivelu and Santhanam among others essaying pivotal roles.

A remake of the 2009 Telugu film, Kick Starring Ravi Teja and Ileana D'Cruz. The film features soundtrack composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, whilst Thaman's original score has been reused. The film, produced by Raja's father Mohan and to be distributed by Sun Pictures, released on July 23, 2010 to mixed reviews.[1][2]

Thillalangadi depicts story of Krishna (Jayam Ravi), a brilliant student, who has excelled in all aspects of life but loves to have a 'kick' in his life. He would do anything just to experience this 'kick'.

Plot[edit]

Krishna (Jayam Ravi) is a happy-go-lucky youth who excels in every field, but always does strange and dangerous things to obtain a certain "kick"- a thrill or excitement that he craves. One such activity is secretly double-crossing his childhood friend Dass (Sathyan) while helping him elope. At this point, he meets Nisha (Tamannaah) who is shocked at his recklessness and writes him off as crazy. Krishna, however, sets his sights on Nisha and woos her in a very unorthodox way; he begs her not to fall in love with him. After a host of comical situations involving Krishna's caring but easy-going parents (Prabhu and Suhasini), local thugs (John Vijay and Mayilsamy), and an ever-present comic relief named Jackson (Vadivelu), Nisha accepts Krishna's love. However she sets a condition; Krishna must stay in a well-paying job- he had resigned from other jobs due to lack of "kick"- and only then will she agree to marry him. Krishna accepts, but soon resigns again for the same reason and tries to hide it from Nisha. When she finds out, Nisha breaks up with him and leaves him for good.

Some months later, Nisha's parents arrange for her to meet a prospective suitor in Malaysia. Though reluctant, she meets the suitor- Krishna Kumar (Shaam), a tough and honest policeman. She narrates the story of her affair with Krishna, and Krishna Kumar reveals that he is tracking a dangerous thief who has stolen large amounts of money from wealthy (mostly corrupt) politicians. At Malaysia, Nisha, her sister (Sanchita Shetty) and Jackson run into Krishna again, but learn that he has lost his memory and can't remember his past life. Nisha sees this as an opportunity to start their relationship again from scratch. However, it is revealed that Krishna isn't really suffering from amnesia; he has faked his condition by convincing an actual amnesiac, Paul (Santhanam) that he is a doctor, and tricked him into diagnosing his condition falsely. Nisha is initially upset, but realizes that it was done due to his love for her, and she has hidden her own feelings from him. They reconcile.

Meanwhile, it is revealed that the thief whom Krishna Kumar has been tracking is none other than Krishna himself. His motives are simple; he steals ill-gotten money from politicians to pay for operations of children suffering from cancer. After manipulating various people (Nalini, Ganja Karuppu, etc.) and stealing from them, he is finally caught in the act by Krishna Kumar. Krishna is still unfazed however, celebrating his failure at a street party. He dares Krishna Kumar to catch him in his final crime- stealing money from MLA Rajaraam (Radha Ravi). After many harrowing stunts, Krishna pulls it off successfully. Krishna Kumar is demoted from his job for his failure, and is shocked to learn that his replacement is none other than Krishna, who promises to "guard" Rajaraam's remaining money. Knowing what's in store for the politicians, Krishna Kumar leaves with a new respect for his foe.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Thillalangadi
Front Cover
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 2 July 2010
Recorded 2009-10
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34:59
Label Sony Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Kaadhal Solla Vandhen
(2010)
Thillalangadi
(2010)
Naan Mahaan Alla
(2010)

The Thillalangadi soundtrack is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, working together with director M. Raja for the first time. The soundtrack album features 7 songs, two of which have been reused from the original version, composed by Thaman, as per Raja's wish. The lyrics are penned by Na. Muthukumar and Viveka. The audio was released on 2 July 2010 at the Sun TV studios and premiered on Sun Music in the evening.[3] The background score was taken from the original, scored by Thaman, too, but he wasn't credited in the film.

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Ding Ding"   Viveka Vijay Prakash, Naveen 5:14
2. "Sol Pechu"   Na. Muthukumar Yuvan Shankar Raja, K. S. Chitra, Shreya Ghoshal 4:56
3. "Pootta Paathadhum" (Composed by Thaman) Viveka Suchitra 3:39
4. "Memory Loss"   Viveka Kailash Kher, Ranjith 4:28
5. "Pattu Pattu"   Na. Muthukumar Silambarasan Rajendar, Manasi Scott 4:57
6. "Idhayam Karaikirathe" (Composed by Thaman) Viveka Srivardhini 2:35
7. "Thothu Ponen"   Viveka Shankar Mahadevan 3:24
Total length:
34:59

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

After the Telugu film Kick, directed by Surender Reddy and starring Ravi Teja, Ileana D'Cruz and Shaam in lead roles, which was released in early May 2009, went on to become highly successful at the box office, 'Editor' Mohan, father of M. Raja and Jayam Ravi, bagged the remake rights for the Tamil version, paying an "astronomical amount", less than one month later.[4] While Mohan himself would produce the film, Mohan's elder son, M. Raja, was made the director, directing again his brother Jayam Ravi, who would later bag the lead role in the film. It is, noticeably, the fifth "remake project" of this combo, featuring 'Editor' Mohan as the producer, M. Raja as the director and Jayam Ravi as the lead actor, after Jayam, M. Kumaran son of Mahalakshmi, Something Something ... Unakkum Enakkum and Santosh Subramaniam.

Casting[edit]

For the lead role, played by Ravi Teja in the original version, several popular actors, including Vijay[5] and Madhavan[5] were considered and approached. As per reports, this film was planned to be Vijay's 51st film,[6] which, however, turned out to be not true. Finally, Jayam Ravi was roped in for the role, teaming up once again with his father and brother.[7]

The lead female role, originally played by Ileana D'Cruz, was eventually bagged by Tamannaah Bhatia.[8] Initially, the crew had planned to sign Ileana for the same role in Tamil as well and approached her, but her father is said to have refused the offer as he didn't want his daughter to play the same role again.[9] Also actress Bhanu, who had starred in the films Thaamirabharani and the very recently released Azhagar Malai, was approached for the role.[10] However, she, too, reused the offer as she felt the role was too glamorous and she wouldn't fit the role.[10] Whilst all his earlier remakes had the actress, who played the role in the original film, in the Tamil version as well, M. Raja, for the first time, was not able to sign the actress of the original Telugu version.[8]

Meanwhile, Shaam, who played a vital role in the Telugu version, took up the same the role in Tamil, whilst Prabhu Ganesan was roped in for a "significant role"[11] and Vadivelu and Santhanam were roped in for the film's comedy portions.[12][13] Prabhu Ganesan would be playing the role of Ravi's father, which was played by Sayaji Shinde in the original version. It was said, that yesteryear actor Karthik Muthuraman was initially considered and approached for the role, before Prabhu Ganesan was finally confirmed.[14] Suhasini Mani Ratnam was roped in to enact Ravi's mother character.[15] Unlike in Raja's earlier remakes, which all had music scored by the composer who scored the original version and the same songs as well (except for M. Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi), composer Yuvan Shankar Raja was roped in for the musical score this time, replacing Thaman, who composed the music of Kick.[11] Apart from Vadivelu and Santhanam, the film stars an array of comedians such as Livingston, Mayilsamy, Kanja Karuppu, Manobala, Thyagu and Sathyan as well.

Filming[edit]

The film was formally launched on 19 August 2009 at AVM Studios.[15][16] The first shot, featuring Jayam Ravi and Tamannaah, was directed by S. Shankar, with actor Vijay giving the inaugural clap shot.[15][17] The launch was attended by many prominent people from the Tamil film industry as Tamil Film Producers Council chief Ramanarayanan, KRG, Abirami Ramanathan, S. A. Chandrasekhar, R. B. Chowdhary, Ram Kumar, Kasthuri Raja, PL Thenappan, actor Karthi and actress Kushboo Sundar among others.[16][17]

The film was shot at various locations, including Chennai (India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand) and Singapore. The crew, including director Raja, Jayam Ravi, manager Senthil, cinematographer Rajsekhar and art director Milan had been looking for locations in Malaysia in August 2009,[9] after which the film shooting began. At first, shooting was held in Chennai for nearly 20 days, following which the crew flew to Malaysia, where a major portion of the film was to be shot, where the original film was shot as well.[18] By mid-November, the crew had completed a 30-day schedule in Malaysia. The shoot in Malaysia involved an action sequence, filmed by three cameras simultaneously, which was shot on busy roads with special permissions from the local police authorities[19] and a song sequence featuring Ravi and Tamannaah. Shooting was held also at the famous Petronas Twin Towers and on the Singapore-Malaysian railway line.[20] During the 30-day filming, the September 2009 Sumatra earthquakes occurred, which the team luckily survived.[21] In late January 2010, a special song ("Solpechu Ketkadha Sundari"), widely publicized as the "360 degree song" was shot.[22] It was filmed using a Nero motion control camera that revolves on a 360 degree angle set, which was handled by an Australian specialist Scott and would later look like a single shot.[22][23] This song, choreographed by Shobi, which would feature 15 Jayam Ravis and 5 Tamannaahs, was completed in around 45 hours, on which alone nearly Rs. 75 lakhs was said to be spent.[22]

Reception[edit]

The film had a solo release on July 23, 2010, opening to mixed and negative reviews unlike original version. Whilst Sify.com rated the film as "below average" film and added that it is "boring",[1] a reviewer from Behindwoods.com gave 2.5 out of 5, describing the film as an "enjoyable entertainer".[24] Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff.com cited the film as a "ridiculous pot-boiler" and criticized Jeyam Ravi's lacking punch and wafer-thin story line, giving the film a mere 1.5 out of 5.[25] Meanwhile, an Indiaglitz.com reviewer cited that "the brothers have come out with an engrossing fare, but only in parts", adding that is "interesting in parts", but would have been "more shining and bright, had few loose ends been stitched together.[26] A critic from Times of India also criticized the film saying that it "lacks that light touch needed to carry off the candyfloss content." as well as Jayam Ravi's performance describing his character as "a ham of what is simply a ridiculously featherweight character."[27] Chennai Online said "the film somehow manages to entertain with comedy elements."[28]

Box Office[edit]

The movie had a lot of expectations and opened excellent collected INR 9.66 crore on first day.the movie total collection is INR 63 crore and declared as average grosser at the box office.

References[edit]

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  24. ^ Review-2
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  26. ^ Review-4
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  28. ^ "Movie Review : ‘Thillalangadi’ | Movie Review - Movies". ChennaiOnline. 2010-07-26. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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