Vettaikaaran (2009 film)

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Vettaikaran hq poster.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed by Babu Sivan
Produced by M. S. Guhan
M. Saravanan
Written by Babu Sivan
Starring Vijay
Anushka Shetty
Sayaji Shinde
Salim Ghouse
Music by Vijay Antony
Cinematography Gopinath
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Sun Pictures (India)
Ayngaran International(UK)
Sri Sai Ganesh Productions(Telugu)
Release dates
  • 18 December 2009 (2009-12-18)
Running time
166 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Vettaikaaran (English: Hunter) is a 2009 Indian Tamil action comedy film directed by debutant B. Babusivan that stars Vijay and Anushka Shetty. Gopinath handled cinematography while V. T. Vijayan was the film's editor. The film, produced by AVM Productions and distributed by Sun Pictures, was launched in February 2009 and the shooting for the film commenced the following month.The film revolves around a youngster who aims to be a cop just like a local police commissioner whom he idolizes, but during the process he is stopped by the evil done to his friends by a local mobster. The film's soundtrack, composed by Vijay Antony,was released in September 2009. This film is dubbed in Hindi as Dangerous Khiladi 3.


Ravi (Vijay) lives in Tuticorin. He aspires to become a policeman like his idol, Encounter Specialist Devaraj IPS (Srihari). After completing his Plus 2, he joins a college in Chennai, and also earns a living by driving an auto rickshaw. During the course, he meets Suseela (Anushka Shetty) and falls in love with her instantly. Although Suseela rejects Ravi's advances at first, with the help of her grandmother (Sukumari), he succeeds in winning Suseela's heart.

Enter Chella (Ravi Shankar),a rowdy and womaniser.He meets Ravi's friend Uma (Sanchita Padukone) in a public place, where she is taking donations for some cause, and immediately develops an attraction to her. When Uma asks Chella to contribute money, he willingly does the donation. When Ravi finds out what had happened to Uma, he comes to her defense and beats up Chella, hospitalising him. His troubles start from there as Chella's father, a criminal don named Vedanayagam (Salim Ghouse), with the help of his right-hand man and corrupt police officer Kattabomman (Sayaji Shinde), begins to create havoc in Ravi's life. Ravi is soon thrown in jail on a false case of drug smuggling and is expelled from college. Only Suseela is willing to actively help him. Suseela goes to Devaraj to garner support to help Ravi, but Devaraj refuses to help as his entire family had died at the hands of Vedanayagam and his henchmen as a result of trying to take action against them, with Devaraj himself made completely blind by Vedanayagam. However, with the help of his henchmen, he saves Ravi from being killed in a fake encounter led by Kattabomman. It is at this stage that Ravi takes up a new persona called "Police" Ravi to clean up the illegal activities of Vedanayagam and instill hope in the public, something that Devaraj was unable to do.

In the process, however, Vedanayagam kills Ravi's close friend Sugu (Sathyan Sivakumar), prompting Ravi to kill Chella in retribution. Vedanayagam decides soon after to become a minister, knowing that it is the only way to put a stop to Ravi's targeting of him and his activities. As Ravi finally plans to kill Vedanayagam, fully knowing the danger of him becoming a minister, the police arrive to arrest Ravi. However, Ravi sees Devaraj in the crowd and announces Vedanayagam's location to him just as he is being arrested, allowing Devaraj to shoot and kill Vedanayagam, effectively taking his revenge.

In the end, Devaraj is reinstated into the police force and offers to make Ravi a police officer. However, Ravi refuses, stating that he has found the police officer within himself and that is all he needs to succeed in life.




During the filming of Kuruvi, directed by S. Dharani, B. Babusivan served as one of his assistant directors in the film and wrote the dialogues. Sivan was later prompted to begin his maiden directorial venture with Vijay in the lead role. He was eventually chosen as the director for the next feature film to be produced AVM Productions. The project was originally titled as Police Ravi but in August 2008 it was re-titled as Vettaikkaaran, taken from the Vettaikaaran (1964 film) starring M. G. Ramachandran.[1]

Vettaikaran was formally launched the next month. The film's director Babusivan, producers M. Balasubramaniam and B. Gurunath Meyyappan, Vijay and his wife, Vijay Antony, S. A. Chandrasekhar and director Dharani were present at the film's inauguration.


Commercial directors Perarasu and Hari were mentioned, but AVM Productions chose B. Babusivan to be the director of the film.[2][3]

Several actresses were considered for the lead female role with Shriya Saran, Tamannaah, Ileana D'Cruz, Bhavana, Asin,[4] Nayantara and Anushka Shetty[5] being considered for the role. Afterwards, Anushka was finalized to portray the role. Cinematographer Gopinath was chosen to be the lead cameraman in the film after Ravi Varman was dropped from the film.[6] V. T. Vijayan was signed as the film's editor.


Soundtrack album by Vijay Antony
Released 23 September 2009 (2009-09-23)
Recorded Audiophiles
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 26:33
Label Sony Music India
Vijay Antony chronology
Rasikkum Seemane


No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics Picturization
1 "Naan Adicha" Shankar Mahadevan 4:37 Kabilan Raj Mundhir
2 "Karigalan Kala" Suchith Suresan, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran 4:17 Kabilan Pollachchi
3 "Puli Urumudhu" Ananthu, Mahesh Vinayakram 4:17 Kabilan AVM Studio and Madurai
4 "Oru Chinna Thamarai" Krish, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Bonekilla, Suchitra 4:35 Viveka Punai
5 "En Uchimandai" Krishna Iyer, Shoba Chandrasekhar, Charulatha Mani, Shakthisree Gopalan 4:12 Annamalai AVM


No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics Picturization
1 "Adugesthey" Tippu 4:37 Vennelakanthi Raj Mundhir
2 "Karimabbu" Saketh Naidu, Kavitha 4:17 Vennelakanthi Pollachchi
3 "Pul Vetidi" Ramu 4:17 Vennelakanthi AVM Studio and Madurai
4 "Yeda Alapai" Rakhi, Veena 4:35 Bhuvanachandra Punai
5 "Thikkedo" R.S. John Vianni, Aishwarya 4:12 Bhuvanachandra AVM Studio


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews.Sify stated the movie is a paisa vasool film and entertainment is guaranted.The major plus for the movie are the five peppy songs tuned by Vijay Antony which are choreographed well. The introductory song Naan Adicha has lot of energy in it and the song rocked.The action scenes by Kanal Kannan are superbly choreographed.Gopinath’s camera is slick and editing is fast paced and rated 4/5.[7] Behindwoods rated 3/5 and stated "The charismatic screen presence of Vijay,enjoyable musical tracks,sparkling stunts,fiery punch lines,the signature lighter moments and foot tapping numbers, makes the movie entertain the family audience.Behindwoods stated directed B. Babusivan had made a wholesome family entertainer movie.[8] The Times of India gave 3.5 stars out of 5 and stated "As far as commercial films are concerned,Vettaikaran is definitely assured filmmaking by director B. Babusivan"[9]


Award Category Recipient Result
Vijay Awards Favourite Hero Vijay Won
Favourite Heroine Anushka Won
Favourite Film Vettaikaran Nominated
Favourite Song Chinna Thamarai Won
Best Music Director Vijay Antony Nominated
Best Villain Salim Ghouse Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Krish Nominated
Best Lyricist Kabilan Nominated
Best Stunt Director Kanal Kannan Nominated
Filmfare Awards South
Best Lyricist Kabilan
Best Lyricist Vivega
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Male Playback Singer Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Female Playback Singer Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Edison Awards Best Male Playback Singer Krish Won
South Scope Cine Awards Best Tamil Male Play Back Singer Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Tamil Female Playback Singer Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)


  1. ^ "Vijay to turn 'Vetaikkaaran' after loading 'Villu'". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Karthick (25 February 2009). "Wishes to Babu Sivan, all the best in his first film". Naive Expressions. 
  3. ^ "Wishes to Babu Sivan, all the best in his first film". 
  4. ^ "Asin to act in Vijay’s Vettaikkaran Movie". TamilWire. 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Anushka Vijay's Lady Love". TamilWire. 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Ravivarman dropped from Vettaikaran". Poochandi. 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  7. ^ Sify Movies - Review listing. (2 December 2012). Retrieved on 2015-04-18.
  8. ^ Vettaikaran - Tamil Movie Reviews - Vettaikaran Vijay Anushka Vijay Antony Babu Sivan. Retrieved on 2015-04-18.
  9. ^ Vettaikaran Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. (20 December 2009). Retrieved on 2015-04-18.

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