|Produced by||M. Saravanan
M. S. Guhan
|Release dates||April 14, 2006|
|Running time||158 minutes|
Thirupathi (Tamil: திருப்பதி) is a 2006 Tamil action film written and directed by Perarasu and produced by AVM Productions. The film features Ajith Kumar and Sadha in the lead roles, with Riyaz Khan and Arun Pandian appearing in other pivotal roles. The film opened to mixed reviews on April 14, 2006.
Thirupathi is a straight forward young man who leads a happy life with his parents and younger sister. He happens to meet Priya and both fall for each other. Thirupathi’s sister is pregnant and at the time of delivery, he takes her to a hospital. The doctor there expects bribe but when it is not forthcoming, neglects his duty because of which Thirupathi’s sister dies. Thirupathi comes to know that this is not the first instance in the hospital and the doctor is none other than Soori’s brother. When he goes out to get him, Soori and his father do all that they can to protect him from Thirupathi. How Thirupathi gets his revenge on the people responsible for his sister's death forms the rest of the movie.
- Ajith Kumar as Thirupathi
- Sadha as Priya
- Riyaz Khan as Soori
- Arun Pandian as A.C. Murali
- Livingston as Chanakkiyan
- M. S. Baskar as P.A. Brahma
- Deepu as Thirupathi's Sister
- Harish Raghavendra as The Brother of Thirupathi
- Sampath Raj as the Brother of Soori
- Sathyan as the Friend of Thirupathi
- Ganja Karuppu as Muthu
- Perarasu in a Cameo Appearance
- Laila Mehdin in a special appearance
During the making of Sivakasi, representatives from AVM Productions approached Perarasu to make a commercial film with Ajith Kumar in the lead role. The director immediately accepted the offer and told the producer the story of the film during the meeting and the film was announced publicly two days later. In August 2005, it became clear that the film would begin in November and that Riyaz Khan would play the lead antagonist role in the project. Sadha was signed on to play the lead role after early reports suggested that either Nayantara, Renuka Menon or Gopika would play the lead female role. The film was launched officially on September 15, 2005 with Vijay attending the opening ceremony.
For the film, Ajith lost 18 kilograms in 55 days by being on a liquid diet and lost the weight he had sported on screen in his previous few films. The art director erected the set of a village in Prasad studios in December 2005 including a shopping place, a big temple and an 80 ft statue of Lord Shiva. In early 2006, Asin was approached to appear in an item number in the film but refused, with Laila eventually taking the role.
The film was critically panned, with critics claiming that the film drew too much resemblance to Perarasu's previous projects, Thirupaachi and Sivakasi. However the entertainment portal, nowrunning.com, gave the film three stars out of five claimign that is a "great entertainer with a good social message" praising the intentions of the director.
The film was successful at the box office and enjoyed a 100-day run in cinema halls across the state of Tamil Nadu and a staged celebration event was held on September 5, 2006 for the success. The film was later dubbed into Telugu under the same name, with Jayaprasad penning the dialogues.
The soundtrack of the film, scored by Bharathwaj, was released on March 15, 2006 at the AVM Studios with the cast of the film in attendance Noted industrialist Nalli Kuppusamy Chetty released the first copy of the audiocassette and was received by proprietor of Sri Krishna Sweets Murali in the presence of producers AVM Saravanan and M S Guhan.
|1||Aathadi Aathadi||KK and Mathangi||5:01|
|2||Thirupathi Vantha||Shankar Mahadevan||4:46|
|3||Keerai Vedhaippom||Pushpavanam Kuppusamy||5:13|
|4||Yenaiye Yenaku||Vijay Yesudas||3:55|
|5||Sollavum Mudiyala||Harish Raghavendra and Swarnalatha||5:20|
|6||Pudhu Veedu||Anuradha Sriram||5:04|