Vettaikaaran (2009 film)
|Directed by||Babu Sivan|
|Written by||Babu Sivan|
|Music by||Vijay Antony|
|Editing by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Distributed by||Sun Pictures|
|Running time||166 minutes|
|Budget||17 crore (US$2.6 million)|
|Box office||231 crore (US$35 million)|
Vettaikaaran (English: Hunter) is a 2009 Tamil action masala film 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. The film was released worldwide on 18 December 2009, receiving extreme positive reviews due to Vijay and Two Filmfare Awards. The film was an super hit grosser at the box office and was dubbed into Telugu as Puli Veta.
Ravi (Vijay) lives in Tuticorin. He aspires to become a policeman like his idol, Police Officer Devaraj IPS (Srihari). After completing his 12th standard (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) in and falls in love with her instantly. With the help of her grandmother, he succeeds in winning Suseela's heart. Chella is a criminal who wants any girl he desires. He meets Uma in a public place and insults her by removing her saree. Ravi comes to her defense and defeats Chella, hospitalizing him. His troubles start as Chella's father, a criminal don named Vedanayakam (Salim Ghouse), with the help of a corrupt police officer Kattabomman (Sayaji Shinde), begins to create havoc in Ravi's life. Ravi himself is thrown in jail on a false case and is expelled from college. Only Suseela is willing to actively help him. As Ravi turns to his mentor Devaraj for help, he shockingly learns that Devaraj's family has died at the hands of Vedanayakam and that Devaraj himself has been blinded by Vedanayagam and is helpless. 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), 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 activities. As Ravi finally plans to kill Vedanayagam, 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 agrees to make Ravi a police officer. However, Ravi states that he does not need to become one, for he has found the police officer within himself and that is all he needs to succeed in life. The film ends as Ravi happily leaves with Suseela and his friends.
- Vijay as Ravi
- Anushka Shetty as Susheela / Kanchana,
- Srihari as Devaraj, the IPS officer who Ravi idolizes
- Sayaji Shinde as Kattabomman/Shivaji, a corrupt police officer working for Vedanayagam
- Salim Ghouse as Vedanayagam/Nayak Bahadur, the main antagonist
- Sanchita Padukone as Uma/Sanchita, Ravi's friend
- Sathyan Sivakumar as Sugu, Ravi's friend
- Ravi Shankar as Chella Vedanayagam / Chella Nayak Bahadur, Vedanayagam's son
- Srinath as Valayapathi, Ravi's friend
- Sukumari as Susheela's / Kanchana's grandmother
- Cochin Haneefa as the owner of a complex
- Raviprakash as Commissioner of Police
- Delhi Ganesh as Ravi's father / Radhe Singh's Father
- Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Ravi's mother
- Bala Singh as Rajasekhar
- Jayashree as Chella's Wife
- Jason Sanjay in a special appearance
- Madalasa Sharma in a cameo appearance
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 1964 Tamil film starring M. G. Ramachandran.
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.
Several actresses were considered for the lead female role with Shriya Saran, Tamannaah, Ileana D'Cruz, Bhavana, Asin, Nayantara and Anushka Shetty 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. V. T. Vijayan was signed as the film's editor.
|Soundtrack album by Vijay Antony|
|Released||September 23, 2009|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
|Vijay Antony chronology|
|1||"Puli Urumudhu"||Ananthu, Mahesh Vinayakram||4:17||Kabilan||AVM Studio and Madurai|
|2||"Oru Chinna Thamarai"||Krish, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Bonekilla, Suchitra||4:35||Vivega||Punai|
|3||"Naan Adicha"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:37||Kabilan||Raj Mundhir|
|4||"Karigalan Kala"||Suchith Suresan, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran||4:17||Kabilan||Pollachchi|
|5||"En Uchimandai"||Krishna Iyer, Shoba Chandrasekhar, Charulatha Mani, Shakthisree Gopalan||4:12||Annamalai||AVM|
|1||"Pul Vetidi"||Ramu||4:17||Vennelakanthi||AVM Studio and Madurai|
|2||"Yeda Alapai"||Rakhi, Veena||4:35||Bhuvanachandra||Punai|
|4||"Karimabbu"||Saketh Naidu, Kavitha||4:17||Vennelakanthi||Pollachchi|
|5||"Thikkedo"||R.S. John Vianni, Aishwarya||4:12||Bhuvanachandra||AVM Studio|
Reception and reviews
The film, made on a budget of 17 crore, opened up to large positive reviews. Sify.com stated that "entertainment was guaranteed" and that "strictly for Vijay's fans - it delivers the goods." Indiaglitz gave a statement that "'Vettaikkaran' is an out and out action movie Vijay fans would lap it up". Rediff stated that "if you're a Vijay fan, you'll love his crackling style but for the others? Enjoy the movie with fulfilment of anushka .
|Vijay Awards||Favourite Hero||Vijay||Won|
|Favourite Song||Chinna Thamarai||Won|
|Best Music Director||Vijay Antony||Nominated|
|Best Villain||Salim Ghouse||Nominated|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Krish||Nominated|
|Best Stunt Director||Kanal Kannan||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Lyricist||Kabilan
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
|Best Male Playback Singer||Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
|Best Female Playback Singer||Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
|Filmfare Best Actor – Tamil||Vijay||Won|
|Filmfare Best Actress – Tamil||Anushka||Won|
|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)
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