Va (film)

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Va
VQC promo poster.jpg
Directed by Pushkar-Gayathri
Produced by Sashikanth Sivaji
Written by Pushkar-Gayathri
Starring Shiva
Lekha Washington
S. P. B. Charan
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography Nirav Shah
Edited by Anthony
Production
  company
Y NOT Studios
Distributed by Cloud Nine Movies
Release date(s)
  • November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office INR11 crore

Va (Tamil: ; Tamil numeral for 1/4; working title: Va Quarter Cutting) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language comedy drama film written and directed by Pushkar-Gayathri. It stars Shiva, SPB Charan and Lekha Washington in the lead roles, with Kalyan, John Vijay and Abhinayashree essaying supporting roles. The film's story takes place in one night, in which a man, with the help of his would-be brother-in-law, hunts for a last liquor before leaving to Saudi Arabia. The plot is similar to the 2004 Hollywood movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

The film, produced by Sashikanth Sivaji's Y NOT Studios and distributed by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies, features film score composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar and cinematography by Nirav Shah. The shooting of the film commenced in early 2010 and was held at various locations in Chennai. The film was released on 5 November 2010 during Diwali to mixed reviews.

Plot[edit]

Sundararajan (Shiva) comes to Chennai from Coimbatore on his way to Saudi Arabia. He is received by Marthandam (S. P. B. Charan), a veterinary doctor, who is going to marry his sister soon.

After the travel agent informs Sura that he cannot taste liquor or women in Saudi, he, along with Marthandam, goes to a wine shop to have the last gulp. It’s a dry day thanks to elections. Though disappointed, Sura is determined to taste the ‘quarter’ and starts his journey to various places in Chennai where he is told that liquor would be available. He goes to a politico who supplies wine for votes, a star hotel, an Anglo-Indian group of youngsters, a fish market, a gambling den, a kulfi shop and a brothel house among other places, all in search of ‘quarter’.

During his trip, he meets Saraswathi (Lekha Washington) who attempts suicide after her parents scold her and King-Prince, a father-son duo (both roles played by John Vijay), who run a gambling centre. How Siva, in the company of Marthandam and Saro, succeeds in his mission and leaves for Saudi Arabia forms the remaining story.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

When I was doing Tamizh Padam, Sashikanth of ‘Y Not’ studios approached me with Quarter Cutting script. I read and liked it and gave my assent. He approached Durai Dayanidhi and Vivek Ratnavelu of Cloud Nine and decided to make the film under their banner. It was truly a good experience to have worked with Pushkar and Gayatri as they are passionate film makers. During the shoot, they never gave proper breaks. I would be dreaming to have my food at 9 PM and they would come and say, ‘machi, today no break, please eat your food fast’. I have worked in many films and break times are something to look forward to. But here, they would never announce breaks and to top it all, the shooting was from 6 PM to 6 AM. The entire biorhythm was changed but Pushkar and Gayatri were working like ghosts because they were so involved in the film. I think they are technically talented and know all the shots. -Shiva.[1]

Sashikanth Sivaji of Y NOT Studios, began discussions for his next production in late 2009, when filming his 2010 blockbuster Thamizh Padam. He decided to work with director-duo Pushkar-Gayathri who he thought had a fresh and different script. Fresh out of the success of their debut venture Oram Po, the husband-wife duo had worked on a script that revolved around the local flavors of Chennai. They wanted their next film to be a contrast to Oram Po, which too was based on Chennai and hence worked on a comedy script for their second movie.

The film was publicized under the title Va: Quarter Cutting, but due to the use of English words, it did not meet the requirements for the then Government of Tamil Nadu's Entertainment Tax Exemption Act, which demands titles of creative works to be in Tamil only. Thus, the film's title was changed to Va, meaning one-fourths.[2]

Filming[edit]

Filming began in early 2010. Shooting was carried out in and around Chennai in the following weeks. The film's main portions were extensively shot across places in the old city and Marina beach.

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Kalaignar. The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Soundtrack[edit]

Va
Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released September 4, 2010 (2010-09-04)
Recorded Y Not Studio
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 19:20
Label Think Music
Producer G. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Darling
(2010)
Va
(2010)
Aadukalam
(2010)

Soundtrack scored by G. V. Prakash Kumar. The track Unnai Kan Thedudhe is heavily inspired by his own Un Mela Aasadhan from Aayirathil Oruvan.

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Dialogue 1"     Shiva, S. P. B. Charan 0:25
2. "Unnai Kan Thedudhe"   Kumararaja G. V. Prakash Kumar, Gana Ulaganathan 3:39
3. "Dialogue 2"       0:15
4. "Thediyae Thediyae"   Kumararaja Andrea Jeremiah 5:30
5. "Dialogue 3"   Snehan Shiva 0:17
6. "Saudi Basha"   Shiva, R. Amarendran G. V. Prakash Kumar, Bhargavi 3:10
7. "Dialogue 4"     Shiva, S. P. B. Charan 0:06
8. "Saarpu Saarpu Ji"   Kumararaja G. V. Prakash Kumar, Lakshmikanth 3:38
9. "The Quarter Song"   Kumararaja G. V. Prakash Kumar, Gana Ulaganathan, Remix: DJ Vijay Chawla 3:38

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