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Thirupaachi
Thirupaachi.jpg
Directed by Perarasu
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by Perarasu
Starring Joseph Vijay
Mallika
Trisha Krishnan
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Mani Sharma
Dhina
Release date(s) 14 January 2005
Running time 178 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget INR40 million (US$670,000)

Thirupaachi is a 2005 Tamil action masala film written and directed by Perarasu. The film stars Vijay and Mallika in the lead roles, with Trisha Krishnan, Livingston, Pasupathy, Benjamin, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Vaiyapuri and Manoj K. Jayan in other roles. Chaya Singh made a guest appearance in a song. The film featured score composed by Dhina, and a soundtrack jointly composed by Dhina, Devi Sri Prasad, and Mani Sharma. It was released on 14 January 2005.[1][2] Vijay and Trisha paired for second time after Ghilli.[3] The story is about the upright lifestyle of Sivagiri and the affectionate bond he has with his sister. Sivagiri feels that a brother’s duty towards his sister does not end with her marriage. It was later remade in Telugu as Annavaram (2006) in Kannada as Thangigagi (2006).[4] The film was a blockbuster and completed 175-day run at the box office.

Plot[edit]

Sivagiri (Vijay) is a blade-smith in a remote village near Thirupaachi. He has a lovable sister named Karpagam (Mallika). He runs into some hilarious incidents while searching locally for a groom for his sister. Sivagiri confides to his friend Kannapan that he wants his sister to be in a good city after her marriage. Sivagiri also nods his acceptance, when a city guy proposes to Karpagam. He accompanies the newly weds to Chennai. He finds a girl named Shuba (Trisha) welcoming them, and they both fall in love.

On a trip to Chennai, Sivagiri rescues a court witness from Pattasu Balu (Pasupathy), a don dominating central Chennai. He also learns of a local don Panparag Ravi (Aryan), who controls North Chennai, and who is troubling Karpagam's husband's canteen business. In an altercation in a cinema theater, Kannappan gets murdered by a thug named Saniyan Sagada (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who dominates South Chennai. Karpagam's husband told sivagiri to leave chennai if he wants his sister to be happy. Then, after the funeral of Kannapan,he leaves his home town stating that he got a job in a cloth manufacturing company. But in reality he comes with a mission in Chennai.

Then,he warns Saniyan Sagadai stating that the latter too will be killed by him. He also calls the commissioner and warns him that he will kill all the thugs of Chennai as the police department fails in their duty. Later on, Sivagiri's friend Veluchamy who is also an inspector, comes to know about this. Sivagiri challenges Veluchamy that he will give up his mission if the latter keeps any one thug of Chennai in jail at least for a single day. Veluchamy not only fails in his mission but also loses his son as he was killed by Pattasu Balu, the head of the thug who got arrested.

This harsh lesson makes Veluchamy to help Sivagiri. Thus, Veluchamy lists Sivagiri the entire mafia network of Chennai by providing the specification of who leads the various areas. Sivagiri in his mission decides first to kill Pattasu Balu. He goes and kills pattasu balu.

Then, one day, Shuba meets Sivagiri in a temple and finds that he is not working in any cloth manufacturing company. But still, Sivagiri manages to make Shuba believe that he is working in a travels company. Thus, Shuba gets a promise from Sivagiri that he should meet her and spend time with her quite frequently.

Later on, Sivagiri provokes Panparak Ravi to kill his own brother by sticking the funeral posters of Ravi and making him think that his brother is the person who is killing people all over Chennai. After the death of Ravi's brother, Ravi hides himself in a politician's house to be away and safe from the hands of police. That politician damages his own car and house by his henchmen and makes the police to believe that someone has attacked his house. Thus, the police decide to provide security for the politician. This makes Ravi feel happy, considering that Sivagiri can't come to his place by fooling all these inspectors and kill him. Then, Sivagiri's friend inspector Veluchamy finds diplomatically that Ravi is hiding in the politician's place. Later on, Sivagiri states to a group of people, who lost their money to a financier, that the fraud financier is hiding in the politician's place. This makes Sivagiri enter Ravi's fort with a large gang and later on Sivagiri succeeds in killing Ravi.

Later on, Sivagiri decides to kill Saniyan Sagadai and successfully complete his mission. Thus, Sivagiri warns Sagadai. This makes Sagadai to seek the protection of a mass group of thugs from Chennai. Sivagiri uses this as a chance to destroy the entire mafia gang of Chennai. Thus, Sivagiri ignites a war between the police group and mafia gang in a very diplomatic manner. Sivagiri disguises himself as a police inspector and enters the fort of Sagadai. Veluchamy too helps Sivagiri in his mission. Finally Sivagiri destroys the entire mafia gang of Chennai along with the Chennai police inspectors before the birth of a new year. Then, Sivagiri surrenders in police and later on he gets released after 6 months. Shuba welcomes Sivagiri, his sister and his sister's husband once again after returning home.Subha and Sivagiri unite at the end.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Story, Screenpplay, Dialogue, Lyrics and Direction: Perarasu
  • Producer: R. B. Choudary
  • Banner: Super Good Films
  • Music director: Dhina, Mani Sharma, Devi Sri Prasad
  • Cinematographer: S. Saravanan
  • Editing: V. Jaishankar
  • Art: M. Prabhakar
  • Fights: Rocky Rajesh
  • Choreographers: Raju Sundaram, Kalyan, Siva Shankar, Shopi Pawlraj
  • Computer graphics: M. Arunmoorthy
  • Fight Assistant :Kaviyarasan

Awards[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

The film was announced in 2004.[5] Director Perarasu earlier worked as an assistant director under Rama Narayanan and N. Maharajan.[6] Vijay's words about Perarasu was: He is a talented person. He talks very less but he shows everything in his work. He acts before me, scene by scene, before the take is on.[7] Trisha who earlier paired with Vijay in Ghilli was selected to play lead role.[3] Thirupaachi was Vijay's 40th film and fifth collaboration with Supergood Films.[8] Actor Vikram's father Vinodraj was selected to play Vijay's father.[9] Chaya Singh was roped in for item number.

Filming[edit]

A song was picturised in a village near Karaikudi, where a lavish set was designed by art director M Prabhakar. It was of an Ayyanar temple with a 90-foot statue, surrounded by 200 mud horses. Costing about Rs 3 million, it had about 1,500 junior artistes taking part. It took a week to complete the song. The climax for the film was shot in Vasan House, Chennai. It had a huge crowd of junior artistes taking part each day of the two weeks it took to complete the scene. Other locations for shooting were Visakhapatnam, Arakkuveli, with a song shot in South Africa.[10]

Controversy[edit]

The film faced controversy for the wrong use of mosquito pesticides.[11][12]

Soundtrack[edit]

Thirupaachi
Soundtrack album by Dhina
Released December 2004
Recorded November 2004
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 28:22
Label Ayngaran International
Producer Dhina
Dhina chronology
Jana
(2004)
Thirupachi
(2005)
Aayudham
(2005)
Mani Sharma chronology
Radha Gopalam
(2005)
Thirupaachi
(2005)
Subhash Chandra Bose
(2005)
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana
(2005)
Thirupaachi
(2005)
Maayavi
(2005)

The soundtrack has seven songs, five songs were composed by Dhina, while Devi Sri Prasad (Kattu Kattu) and Mani Sharma (Kannum Kannumthan) had composed one song respectively. All the lyrics for the songs were penned by Perarasu.

Song Artist(s) Picturization Length
"Kattu Kattu" Manikka Vinayagam, Sumangali Vijay, Trisha 5:12
"Kannum Kannumthan" Harish Raghavendra, Uma Ramanan, Premji Amaren Vijay, Trisha 5:56
"Appan Panna" Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Anuradha Sriram Vijay, Trisha 4:48
"Nee Entha Ooru" Tippu Vijay 4:48
"Kumbida Pona Deivam" Shankar Mahadevan, Malathi Vijay, Chaya Singh, Trisha 4:12
"Enna Thavam" Dhina, Swarnalatha Vijay, Mallika 2:15
"Avichu Vecha" Manikka Vinayagam Vijay, Mallika 1:11

Release[edit]

The film was released on 14 January 2005 on the eve of Pongal with other releases like Ayyaa, Iyer IPS, Aayudham and Devathaiyai Kanden. Tirupachi released with 207 prints.[13]

After the success of Thirupaachi, A. M. Rathnam called Perarasu to make "Sivakasi" with Vijay re-uniting with him for second time.[14][15] Sivakasi also became successful like Thirupaachi.

Reviews[edit]

The film received positive reviews.[16] Behindwoods wrote: "Another tailor-made role for Vijay, Tiruppachi scores with its impressive screenplay. Although the story is the perennial tear-jerker of a brother’s affection for his sister, the packaging will attract the audience".[17] Indiaglitz wrote: "It is a film for Vijay's fans who love their star to dance with energy, fight with enthusiasm and love with mischief. He does all this in his usual style. Punchline dialogues, songs glorifying hero find their place in all throughout the movie".[18] While another critic wrote: "Unlike usual masala movies that serve up sentiments and action alternately, Thiruppaachi makes a clean break between the two. Its first half, which is entirely setup, is devoted entirely to comedy and sentiments with not even a single stunt sequence. But once action rears its head after the intermission, there is no respite from it apart from the obligatory duets. It is one violent fight after the other until the final credits roll. It is to director Perarasu's credit that both halves maintain our interest in spite of the dedication to a particular aspect".[19] Sify wrote:"Vijay has stuck to his regular formula - five songs, flying fights, crass comedy, punch line dialogues, dream songs in foreign locales and corny sentiments. So if you have seen earlier films of the superstar you may strive hard to find anything new in Tirupachi, which is old wine served in a new bottle, with a different label.[20]

Box-office[edit]

The film released on the Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu alongside Ayya and with dhanush starrerDevathayai Kanden. The film opened up to full houses with 80 percent occupancy from Chennai and other districts of the state.[21] After taking a fantastic opening for the first week, the film took a slight fall in crowd for the second week.[22] The film completed a 100-day theatrical run among 112 screens in Tamil Nadu and completed 200 days in more than 25 centres[23] The film managed to gross overall INR330 million (US$5.5 million) after its long theatrical run and was deemed a blockbuster.[24]

Remakes[edit]

It was later remade in Telugu as Annavaram in the year 2006 with Pawan Kalyan and Asin in the lead roles, directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao.[25] It was also remade in Kannada language as Thangigagi in the year 2006 with Darshan and Poonam Bajwa in the lead roles, directed by Sathya P.[26]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "`Tirupachi` creates a new record!". Sify. 13 January 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
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  23. ^ "Chennai weekend box-office (Feb 04-06)". Sify. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
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