|Produced by||M. Chinthamani|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Editing by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Studio||Rajakaalaiamman Super Films|
|Release dates||8 November 2007|
|Budget||120 million (US$1.8 million)|
|Box office||260 million (US$4.0 million)|
Vel (Tamil: வேல்; Spear) is a 2007 Tamil action-drama film written and directed by Hari and produced by Mohan Natarajan. It stars Suriya and Asin and features Vadivelu, Kalabhavan Mani and Nassar in supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film was released on 9 November 2007, coinciding with Diwali, but became an average grosser at the box office. Upon release, the film was dubbed into Telugu and released as Deva.
The story opens with a couple with twins sitting in a train. However, a thief snatches one of the sons, and after stealing the jewellery of the son, leaves the baby. However, the baby is found by a childless couple in a village. The couple hail from a large and powerful family, and they raise him as their son without telling him the truth. Thus, the twins grow up in different environment. The one living with the parents (Vasudevan a.k.a. Vasu) grows up in Chennai to become an officer in a private investigative agency. The other son, Vetrivel a.k.a. Vel grows up in Dindukkal and becomes a rustic young man.
Vasu manages to charm a journalist, Swathi (Asin), through his professional ethics. Their courtship occurs through a series of events where she initially mistakes him for a drug addict. Meanwhile, Vel is engaged in the bloody tussle with Sakara Pandi (Kalabhavan Mani), who has deep rooted enmity against the family. Sakara Pandi had killed Vel's adopted parents, which enrages Vel. Vasu is filled with smiles, while Vel lives with sickles and dangerous duels.
Vasu’s mother (Saranya) cannot forget her lost son. She is longing to bring him back home. However, all her efforts to search for him are in vain. The family with whom Vel lives love him a lot. Everyone, especially the grandmother (Lakshmi), are emotionally dependent on him and she is always scared that someone will come looking for him and take him away.
One day, while filming a documentary in Dindukkal, Swathi sees Vel in a gang fight. She immediately informs Vasu. Vasu goes to the village and meets his brother. The family refuses to send Vel back with him. Vasu, understanding their unadulterated affection towards Vel, agrees to give up his claim. He stays with them for a couple of days and realises that the family really loves Vel and cannot live without him.
However, while at the train station, Vasu has one request. He wants Vel to go to Chennai pretending to be him and live with his mother. Vasu, in turn, would behave as Vel in the village. Vel accepts the offer.
Vasu continues Vel’s struggle against the powerful Sakara Pandi, but with a different approach. Vasu uses his brain and investigating network instead of muscle power. The rules of the game change, and Sakara Pandi finds himself cornered. Vasu eventually overthrows Sakara Pandi, and the family is happy.
Vasu's parents find out that their long-lost son is well. Despite initial attempts to bring him back, they finally relent after seeing the grandmother cry for her grandson. They understand the pain of losing a child, and do not want anyone else to go through the same pain.
- Suriya as Vasudevan and Vetrivel
- Asin as Swathi
- Vadivelu as Kuzhandaisaami
- Kalabhavan Mani as Sakkara Pandi
- Lakshmi as Vetrivel's grandmother
- Saranya Ponvannan as Vasudevan's mother
- Charanraj as Vasudevan's father
- Aishwarya as Sankara Pandi's wife
- Raj Kapoor
|Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
13 October 2007 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
Director Hari once again teamed up with composer Yuvan Shankar Raja for the musical score of Vel after having worked together in Thaamirabharani. The soundtrack of Vel was released on 13 October 2007 and features 6 songs. Lyrics were penned by Na. Muthukumar and director Hari himself. Comedian Vadivelu had lent his voice for one of the songs.
The album initially received mixed reviews.
|1||"Indha Ooril"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:30||Na. Muthukumar|
|2||"Kovakkara Kiliye"||Sujatha & Tippu||4:15||Na. Muthukumar|
|3||"Aayiram Jannal"||Vadivelu, Premji Amaran & Rahul Nambiar||5:13||Na. Muthukumar|
|4||"Thoppul Kodi"||Sriram Parthasarathy||2:11||Hari|
|5||"Onnapola"||Shankar Mahadevan & Srilekha Parthasarathy||4:03||Na. Muthukumar|
|6||"Ottraikannale"||Haricharan & Suchitra||4:08||Hari|