Vazhakku Enn 18/9
|Vazhakku Enn 18/9|
|Directed by||Balaji Sakthivel|
|Produced by||N. Subash Chandrabose,
|Written by||Balaji Shakthivel|
|Music by||R. Prasanna|
|Cinematography||S.D. Vijay Milton|
|Editing by||Gopi Krishna|
UTV Motion Pictures
|Running time||115 minutes|
Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (English: Case No. 18/9) is a 2012 Tamil teen crime thriller film written and directed by Balaji Sakthivel, starring newcomers Mithun, Sri, Urmila and Manisha in the lead roles. Pre-production of the film began in 2008, with the filming commencing in 2010 only, following several delays. Cinematography is handled by Vijay Milton, while guitarist R. Prasanna has scored the music. The film released on 4 May 2012 to high critical acclaim. Its dubbed Telugu version Premalo padithe was released on the same day in Andhra Pradesh. Official Malayalam remake of the film titled, Black butterflies. Kannada remake of the film titled Case No.18/9:. It is one of the two movies nominated by Tamil Cinema as India's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language film .
The story is narrated through flashbacks. Velu (Sri), a teenager, works in a roadside shop. He meets Jyothi (Urmila Mahanta), who is a maidservant at a few of the nearby apartments. Velu falls in love with Jyothi. Aarthy (Manisha Yadav) lives in one of the apartment buildings. Dinesh (Mithun Murali) is a student who resides in the same building. Dinesh is a spoilt brat. As luck would have it, Aarthy falls for him without knowing his true intentions. Dinesh too is attracted to Aarthy. He seizes the opportunity and shoots video clips of her private moments on his mobile phone and even circulates them among his friends via MMS. When Aarthy finds out, she is aghast and threatens to approach the police. An angry Dinesh tries to murder Aarthy, but Jyothi intervenes accidentally and saves her. She sustains serious injuries in the process. The movie picks up speed as the corrupt Police Inspector Kumaravel (Muthuraman) begins investigations. Kumaravel negotaites with Dinesh's mother, who is a school correspondent but refuses to later due to her stubborn character and completes the investigation with Dinesh as the culprit of the murder attempt. But Dinesh's mother approaches a minister with whom she has an affair with and he intervenes with Kumaravel for a negotiation between them. They agree on for an amount of ten lakh rupees. Kumaravel then talks with Velu to stand in the shoes of Dhinesh, if he wants to cure Jothi. Velu accepts and is sentenced for several years in prison. Kumaravel with the money he got completes the construction of his house and gives nothing to Jothi. Later it is informed to Jothi that Velu did not commit the crime and is falsely accused in order that she must be cured. She realises that Kumaravel has cheated her and Velu, she gets to the court and throws acid on Kumaravel. Jothi is arrested and as enquiries run course the judiciary finds Velu as innocent and releases him. Dinesh is arrested and Jothi is sentenced for years in prison. In the final scene Velu meets Jothi in prison and proposes his love and tells he will be waiting for her and leaves the cell as the door closes with the disfigured face of Jothi is shown on screen.
- Sri as Velu
- Mithun Murali as Dinesh
- Urmila mahanta as Jothi
- Manisha Yadav as Aarthi
- Muthuraman as Kumaravel
- Chinnasamy as Chinnasamy
- Senthil as Vediappan
- Rani as Rani
- Rethika Srinivas as Jayalakshmi
- Goutham as Goutham
- Vidhya Eeshwar as Gayathri
- Anjalai as Parvathy
- Devi as Rosy
Balaji Sakthivel began working on Vazhakku En 18/9 in 2008, after director Linguswamy agreed to produce the film under his Thirupathi Brothers banner. He was working on the scriptment for over 15 months and finished the entire script by early 2010. Sakthivel said that he had completed the middle portion and the climax part of the film but was unsure about how to start the film, taking over one year to finalize on the opening sequences, which he worked on with Linguswamy. He disclosed that the film would focus on relationships and "so-called love" of today's generation, set in a city, describing it as a "teenage thriller". He further informed that the climax was inspired from a news report.
Sakthivel decided to cast new faces in the lead and most of the character roles as well, with early reports claiming that Naveen Rai and Prajna were being introduced in the lead roles. In May 2010, it was reported that the director had done a screen test and test shoots with the son of senior communist leader and progressive writer C. Mahendran. Only after the completion of filming, Sakthivel revealed the final cast; Mithun Murali, who has appeared in three Malayalam before, and Sri, who has been part of the television serial Kana Kaanum Kaalangal that was aired on Vijay TV, played the male leads, while the lead female characters were essayed by Urmila Mahanta, a student of the Pune Film Institute, hailing from Assam, and Manisha Yadav, a model from Bangalore.
Filming was supposed to commence in early March 2010, but eventually started in August 2010, with shootings held in and around Dharmapuri. Cinematographer Vijay Milton used a Canon EOS 5D digital camera for the filming. Noted guitarist R. Prasanna, who Sakthivel was supposed to work with in his previous venture Kalloori, was chosen to compose the film's soundtrack and background score, replacing his usual associate Joshua Sridhar. The composer was chosen only after the filming was completed.
The soundtrack was composed by noted guitarist R. Prasanna, making his debut as a feature film composer. The album features two tracks with lyrics penned by Na. Muthukumar. Prasanna collaborated with several international musicians, including Argentinian singer Sofia Tosello, Venezuelan cuatro player Juancho Herrera, American pianist Victor Gould, Argentinian bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth along with Indian flautist Kamalakar to create a mix of various genres. The songs were unveiled on 14 March 2012 and subsequently premiered on a FM Radio.
|1.||"Vazhakku Enn Theme"||Sofia Tosello|
- Best Director - Balaji Sakthivel
- Nominated—Best Film
- Nominated—Best Cinematographer - Vijay Milton
- Nominated—Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Urmila Mahanta
- Nominated—Best Female Debutant - Urmila Mahanta
South Asian Film Festival (SAFF)
- Best Film
- Best Film
- Best Director
Vazhakku Enn 18/9 recevied high critical acclaim upon release. The Times of India gave it 4.5 out of 5, the highest rating ever for a Tamil film since its inception in April 2008, with its reviewer M. Suganth calling the film a "bravura piece of filmmaking that will leave you stunned - and even invigorated - by the time it ends". Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan gave the film 3.5 out of 5, citing that Vazhakku En 18/9 was "hard-hitting" and a "must-watch". Sify's critic labelled the film as "excellent" and commented that it was "refreshing, captivating and engrossing". Rohit Ramachandran of Nowrunning.com rated it 3.5/5 stating that Vazhakku Enn 18/9 was a "rewarding piece of cinema that establishes Balaji Sakthivel as a film-maker to look out for". Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu wrote: "The acumen of the ace story teller comes to the fore yet again in Vazhakku Enn: 18/9. A neat presentation with an all new-cast could have been a tough proposition. But Sakthivel achieves it with élan", concluding that the film was "another product Sakthivel can be proud of". Indiaglitz.com stated that it had "moments that leave a lump in your throat", further writing that it "needs a man with conviction like Balaji Shakthivel to come up with such a convincing film", while calling it a "splendid show".
Romal M. Singh from Daily News & Analysis wrote: "Simply put, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 is the much-sought after cinematic ‘voice’, representing the world we live in — as is — no glamourising, no touch-ups and definitely no un-needed glorifying". Vishnupriya Bhandaram of The Hindu in her review of the Telugu version Premalo Padithe said: "What is perhaps beautiful about the story is that it is an amalgamation of two levels in society — the high, mighty and rich and the poor". She further continued: "With a heavy heart and a mind ridden with hard truths, take away what you can: a semblance of love in a promise to wait a lifetime for a half-burnt face".
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