Vallavan

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Vallavan
Vallavan cover art.jpg
Release poster
Directed by T. R. Silambarasan
Produced by P. L. Thenappan
Written by T. R. Silambarasan
Balakumaran
Starring Silambarasan
Nayantara
Reema Sen
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Priyan
S.Murthy
Edited by Anthony
Production
  company
Sri Raj Lakshmi Films
Release date(s)
  • 21 October 2006 (2006-10-21)
Running time 185 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office INR200 million (US$3.3 million)

Vallavan (Tamil: வல்லவன்) (English: Expert) is a 2006 Tamil film written and directed by T. R. Silambarasan, starring himself in the title role along with Nayantara, Reema Sen and Sandhya whilst Santhanam, Premji Amaren, Sathyan and S. Ve. Shekhar play supporting roles. The dialogues are written by noted writer Balakumaran, whilst the film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film, loosely based on Hollywood films The Notebook (2004) and Swimfan (2002), was released on 13 October 2006 and turned out to be an Average despite having a good opening. The film was later dubbed into Telugu and released as Vallabha.

Plot[edit]

Vallavan (T. R. Silambarasan) is a happy-go-lucky college student with a set of friends. Bala (Santhanam) & Suji (Sandhya) are two of Vallavan's friends. When they're at the temple, he sees Swapna (Nayantara). He immediately falls in love with her.. While Vallavan’s at the college, Swapna shows up. She's revealed to be a teacher, who’s three years older than Vallavan. He decides to woo her by turning into Pallavan, an ugly duckling with buck tooth and glasses. Pallan makes Swapna fall in love with him for his heart, even though he is ugly. The pair get intimate and end up having hot sex. Vallavan is losing his mind because he is having hot sex with Swapna. But when Swapna comes to know that Pallan is younger than her (from one of Vallan's enemies in school) and that too a student, she dumps him and decides to marry another guy. Meanwhile a sequence of events take place, much to the chagrin of Vallavan who is highly insulted by them. As Vallavan walks in the streets wondering how things could get so messy, he recalls his school life.

When he was in higher secondary school, Vallavan met Geetha (Reema Sen). A hysteric Geetha ensures that Vallavan runs crazy behind her. Coming to know of her true nature, he ends the affair with her. But she is not ready to let him go so easily, so he resolves to teach her a lesson. Geetha returns for payback time. She tells him that she was the spoilsport for the current mess in his life. In a climax displaying her disorder, she kidnaps Suchitra and Vallavan arrives and frees her. The film fast-forwards to 3 years later. Geetha is released from a mental asylum. The moment she steps out, she lets go of her and exhibits her fiery psychotic expression again. Vallavan is waiting for her and they communicate telepathically while Vallavan says that he will betray her.

Cast[edit]

Kanal Kannanin a cameo appearance

Actor Role
T. R. Silambarasan Vallavan/Pallan
Nayantara Swapna
Reema Sen Geetha
Sandhya Suchitra
Santhanam Bala
S. V. Shekhar Suchitra's and Bala's father
Premji Amaren
Sathyan
Balakumaran (Cameo appearance)
T. Rajendar (Special appearance)

Soundtrack[edit]

Vallavan
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 1 June 2006
Recorded 2005 - 2006
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 41:45
22:40 (2nd release)
Label Hit Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu
(2006)
Vallavan
(2006)
Kedi
(2006)

The music was scored by noted musician and Silambarasan's friend, Yuvan Shankar Raja, coming together again after churning out the successful album of Manmadhan (2004). The soundtrack was released on 1 June 2006 and features 9 tracks, including 7 songs and two Instrumental pieces. As it was the case in Manmadhan, a second Soundtrack was released afterwards with bit songs that feature in the film but not on the first soundtrack along with pieces from the film score. The lyrics were penned by 'Kavignar' Vaali, Thamarai, film director Perarasu and T. R. Silambarasan himself. Karunakaran wrote the lyrics of the bit song "Kadhal Vandhale", released in the second edition.

Yuvan Shankar Raja won accolades for his soundtrack, whereas especially the songs "Loosu Penne" and "Yammaadi Aathaadi" were huge hits, topping the charts for the following weeks, with the latter even becoming the anthem of the season.[1][2] His film score, too, was lauded, called as the film's highlight and "backbone of the film", while he himself was hailed as the film's "real hero".[3]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration (min:sec) Lyricist Notes
1 "Vallava Ennai" Sunidhi Chauhan 6:29 Thamarai
2 "Hooray Hooray Hip" Sunitha Sarathy, Nakul, Ranjith & Karthik 5:44 'Kavignar' Vaali
3 "Kadhal Vanthirichu" T. R. Silambarasan & Premji Amaren 4:25 Vaali Remixed from the film Kalyana Raman, composed by Ilaiyaraaja
4 "Loosu Penne" T. R. Silambarasan & Blaaze 6:52 T. R. Silambarasan
5 "Yammaadi Aathaadi" Vijaya T. Rajendar, Suchithra, T. R. Silambarasan & Mahathi 5:30 Perarasu
6 "Podu Attam Podu" Vijay Yesudas 5:38 Vaali
7 "He Knows What To Do (Vallavan Theme)" Tanvi Shah (Humming) 2:00 -
8 "Success of Love" Instrumental 1:05 -
9 "Loosu Penne (Club Mix)" T. R. Silambarasan & Premji Amaren 4:02 T. R. Silambarasan

All music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Bonus tracks (Second release)
No. Title Singer(s) Length
10. "Yammaadi Aathaadi (2nd Version)"   Vijaya T. Rajendar, T. R. Silambarasan, Suchitra & Mahathi 5:24
11. "Hip Hip Hurrey (2nd Version)"   Sunitha Sarathy, Nakul, Ranjith & Karthik 5:38
12. "Theme Music (1)"   Instrumental 1:38
13. "Theme Music (2)"   Instrumental 0:47
14. "Loose Penne (Music)"   Instrumental 0:50
15. "Kadhal Vandhale" (Lyrics written by Karunakaran) Yuvan Shankar Raja 2:26
16. "Folk Bit"   Instrumental 0:35
17. "Victory of Love"   T .R. Silambarasan 0:56
18. "Valla Valla Vallavan"   Blaaze 1:10
19. "Kadhal Vandhale (Music)"   Instrumental 1:31
20. "Ilamai Idho + Pothuvaga (Remix)"   T. R. Silambarasan 1:45
Total length:
22:40

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Hindu wrote: "Vallavan's basic sketch is simpler than Manmadhan, though the maker has lent it his trademark frills".[4]

Sify gave 2.5/5 stars to Vallavan and said: "If you are looking for some wholesome entertainment, then Vallavan is worth your time and money".[5]

Behindwoods.com commented: "On a positive note, the glamorous quotient of three heroines along with music and the youth element can play to Vallavan’s advantage".[6]

Oneindia wrote: "Yuvan's music and Santhanam's comedy provide the much-needed relief as the film's dark and tension filled screenplay roils throughout with murky games of passion and revenge."[7]

Box office[edit]

Vallavan received mixed reviews from all sources. The film also featured, prior to release, in "most awaited" list from entertainment sites. The film got a grand release for Diwali 2006 along with other films like Ajith's Varalaru, Jiiva's E, Arya's Vattaram and Sarath Kumar's Thalaimagan. Due to the pre-release hype it created, Vallavan received a very good opening, but collections started declining and the film ended up as an average grosser.

Controversies[edit]

While filming for Vallavan, Nayantara was romantically linked with the film's director and co-actor Silambarasan Rajendar. She initially denied the reports. In November 2006, however, she confirmed that she and Silambarasan had broken up, going on to add that she will not work with him again. At the time of their affair, pictures of intimate moments between Simbu and Nayantara got leaked on the internet which were later claimed by Simbu to be released by him. They began appearing together in public and the affair soon gained media and public attention.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Vallavan' beats 'Vettayadu' in Tamil audio race". indiainfo.com. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Vallavan has more reason to rock". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Vallavan - Forbidden love". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Friday Review Chennai / Film Review : Age does matter - Vallavan. The Hindu (3 November 2006).
  5. ^ Movie Review : Vallavan. Sify.com.
  6. ^ Vallavan Review: A long way to go for director Simbu. Behindwoods.com.
  7. ^ Vallavan Review - Oneindia Entertainment. Entertainment.oneindia.in (8 November 2006).
  8. ^ Breaking news!. Sify.com (17 November 2006). Retrieved on 10 April 2012.

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