Vettaikaaran (2009 film)
|Directed by||Babu Sivan|
|Written by||Babu Sivan|
|Music by||Vijay Antony|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Distributed by||Sun Pictures|
|Running time||166 minutes|
|Box office||1.55 billion|
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. The film was a All time Blockbuster at the box office , making it first highest grossing Tamil Films of 2009 and was dubbed into Telugu as Puli Veta.
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 who wants to sleep with every beautiful young woman he meets. 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 so, but insults her by placing the money over her breasts. 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.
- Vijay as Ravi, the protagonist
- Anushka Shetty as Susheela, Ravi's love interest
- Srihari as Devaraj, the IPS officer who Ravi idolises
- Sayaji Shinde as Kattabomman, a corrupt police officer working for Vedanayagam
- Salim Ghouse as Vedanayagam, the main antagonist
- Sanchita Padukone as Uma, Ravi's friend
- Sathyan Sivakumar as Sugu, Ravi's friend
- Ravi Shankar as Chella Vedanayagam, Vedanayagam's son
- Srinath as Valayapathi, Ravi's friend
- Sukumari as Susheela's grandmother
- Manikka Vinayagam as Uma's father
- Cochin Haneefa as the owner of a complex
- Raviprakash as Commissioner of Police
- Delhi Ganesh as Ravi's father
- Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Ravi's mother
- Bala Singh as Rajasekhar
- Jayashree as Chella's Wife
- Imman Annachi
- 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 Vettaikaaran (1964 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||23 September 2009|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|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||Viveka||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,received Mixed reviews. Sify.com stated that "entertainment was guaranteed" and the movie delivers the goods." Indiaglitz gave a statement that "'Vettaikkaran' is an out and out action movie for Vijay fans".
|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 Actor||Vijay||Won|
(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)
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