Villu (film)

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Villu
Villu-2.jpg
Directed by Prabhu Deva
Produced by K. Karunamoorthy
C. Arunpandian
Written by AC Mugil
Rebel Ravi
(dialogue)
Screenplay by Prabhu Deva
Story by AC Mugil
Rebel Ravi
Sachin Bhowmick (uncredited)
Starring Vijay
Nayanthara
Prakash Raj
Kowsalya Ganesan
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited by Kola Bhaskar
Production
company
Distributed by Ayngaran International
Release dates
  • 12 January 2009 (2009-01-12)
Running time 150 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil.

Villu (Tamil: வில்லு; English: Bow) is a 2009 Tamil thriller film written and directed by Prabhu Deva. The film stars Vijay in a dual role while Nayantara and Prakash Raj play other prominent roles. Manoj K. Jayan, Vadivelu, Adithya, Geetha,and Ranjitha play supporting roles whilst Prabhu Deva, Mumaith Khan, Zabyn Khan, and Kushboo Sundar appear in item numbers. The film is produced and distributed by Ayngaran International and composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The movie was dubbed into Hindi as Ek Aur Jaanbaaz Khilladi and in Telugu as Yamakantri. It is a remake of the Hindi film Soldier starring Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta. The film was released on 12 January 2009 to average review and average at box office. [1]

Plot[edit]

Inspector Joseph (Manoj K. Jayan) is called in for a secret meeting by a police official. He learns that their long-awaited target, Raaka (Adithya), will be arriving secretly in a cargo shipment by sea and that he should be caught at the site. Joseph informs Pugazh (Vijay) through a secret instant message that Raaka will be arriving at the harbour and tells him about their special operation to catch the culprit. Joseph and his team disguise themselves as harbour workers at the harbour and await for Raaka. Then Pugazh carries on with the special operation and succeeds in killing the culprit. Pugazh phones and informs Joseph that their "operation was a success". Later, Pugazh leaves to a Tehsildar's house in a village for a wedding. He meets Janavi (Nayantara), and tries to woo her. Later on after persistent wooing Janavi falls for Pugazh.

On the occasion, Pugazh sends an instant message back to Inspector Joseph, saying that his next mission was complete, which was making Janavi fall in love with him. Joseph tells Pugazh it is now time to target Raaka's superior commander, J. D. (Prakash Raj). Janavi informs her father J. D., a rich businessman in Munich, Germany, of her love with Pugazh. J. D. tells Janavi to bring Pugazh to Munich. Pugazh meets J. D. in Munich and is told that he is not worthy enough to marry his daughter. Pugazh tells J. D. that it was he who killed Raaka. Pugazh is told by Joseph to go to a hotel in Munich. After a conflict in the hotel with the hotel's pimp (Sriman), he is targeted by the pimp and his boss Shaan (Devaraj), who is J. D.'s business partner in crime.

They follow Pugazh to the airport where Pugazh goes to pick up his mother (Geetha), who lost his daughter (Kowsalya Ganesan) during his childhood. Shaan then decides not to shoot Pugazh, after seeing that Pugazh's mother is none other than his wife, who left him because of him being a corrupt army cadet and receiving money for helping the enemy terrorists of India. Shaan holds a party for finding his long-lost son, Pugazh. J. D. also comes to know that Pugazh is his partner's own son. Shaan takes Pugazh to his secret locker room and hands him over his secret Blu-ray disc containing all the evidence of J. D. and his plans. Shaan tells Pugazh that he should retrieve the discs that J. D. has hidden in order to take over all his business, once he marries Janavi. Pugazh then takes his father on an airplane and tells him something that shocks him.They then fight and the plane crashes into a cliff, killing Shaan, while Pugazh escapes from the plane with the help of a parachute.

Pugazh meets J. D. and tells him that he killed Shaan. Pugazh also tells him that he was not really Shaan's son and that he tricked him into believing that he was Shaan's real son who was lost long ago. Pugazh tells J. D. that he will bring Shaan's henchmen over, pretending to kill J. D. and eventually kill them instead. A happy J. D. tells Pugazh to proceed. Just then, J. D. records Pugazh's conversation with him and sends it to Shaan's henchmen, telling them to kill Pugazh. When Pugazh brings them to J. D. 's place, Pugazh is targeted by them and gunpoint and is threatened to tell them who he really is and why he killed Shaan. Then a few bombs set by Pugazh blasts and all of Shaan's henchmen get killed and Pugazh escapes.

Pugazh sends the Blu-ray disc he received from Shaan to Inspector Joseph in India, who found Raaka alive (Pugazh simply poked Raaka with a knife and thought that Raaka died, but it wasn't so). Raaka injures Joseph and escapes from Joseph's custody. Raaka then informs J. D. that he is alive. J. D. sends his men to bring Pugazh over. While Janavi, who is not aware of the conflict going on between Pugazh and J. D., listens to the two aconfronting each other, J. D. asks for the disc back from Pugazh. Janavi finally finds out about Pugazh and tells Shaan's wife about Pugazh's identity. Shaan's wife is already aware of Pugazh's true identity and knows that he is not her real son. She also tells Janavi the reason why he killed Shaan and why he is after J. D. and about Pugazh's real father, Major Saravanan (Vijay).

Major Saravanan was an Indian Army officer, who was a fellow friend of Inspector Joseph. He was told to undertake a peacekeeping mission task force. Meanwhile, J. D. and Shaan, who were the corrupt army cadets seeking money from the terrorists and willing to help them, plan their means of killing Saravanan. During the mission, J. D. and his corrupt army men murder Saravanan while on duty. J. D. acts as an eyewitness account, telling the army commanders that they killed Saravanan, whom they claim was corrupt and tried to attack them while helping the terrorists, only for the safety of the others soldiers and themselves. Abiding the final court hearing regarding the incident, the army takes away Saravanan's badges, uniform and titles at his funeral. Pugazh's mother (Ranjitha) tries to stop them, claiming that her husband was not a betrayer to the country,but in vain. When Saravanan's body was to be cremated, the villagers throw out the body into a ditch, claiming that it was a sin to burn his body on their soil. Pugazh and his mother cry as they could not find Saravanan's body in the blowing sand. Pugazh's mother sits in a temple that night with Pugazh. She sends Pugazh off with Shaan's wife, fearing the village might accuse Pugazh to be a "child of a national criminal. " Pugazh and his mother did not see each other since then.

In the present, J. D. takes Pugazh to India to retrieve the Blu-ray disc back. They meet Joseph who is at gunpoint by Raaka. When J. D. 's henchmen get out of a car to get the disc, Pugazh flees with J. D. to the temple where his mother is at. After an emotional moment with his aged mother, J. D. 's men arrive at the place. They kill Inspector Joseph and hurt Pugazh. Pugazh becomes weak, unable to fight, and J. D. buries him alive in the sand. Pugazh's mother cries out loud to God to save his son. Just then, heavy winds blow, slowly blowing the sand away. Pugazh then jumps out of the sand with rage. J. D. then fights an intense battle with Pugazh. Now, J. D. is weakened by Pugazh and the villagers began to gather around them. Pugazh ask J. D. to tell the villagers the truth. J. D. tells the villagers that Major Saravanan was actually an honest man and it was himself who helped the terrorists. After his confession, Pugazh kills J. D. at once. The film's credits role as the army force gives back Saravanan's army badge and uniform to Pugazh's mother.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Villu crew shooting at Pollachi

Prabhu Deva was interested in remaking the Bollywood film Soldier in Tamil. Along with announcing his venture in Bollywood titled Wanted Dead and Alive, which was the remake of Pokkiri, he launched his next Tamil venture in June 2008. Ayngaran International was to produce the film as well. The film was initially titled as Pugazh.[2] Prabhu Deva later announced the titled to be Singam. However, a copyright issue was brought up concerning the title Singam, which was already announced as the title for a film by director Hari.[3] Prabhu Deva then changed the titled to Vill, meaning "bow" in Tamil, a more formal spelling of Villu. The team later found out that S. J. Suryah was to use the title Vill for a Telugu film. Suryah, with the negotiation of Vijay, later changed his film's title[4] The title Villu subsequently became the film's official name.[5]

Actress Ranjitha was selected to play Vijay's mother.[6] Director Prabhu Devastarted shooting for Villu with the team's first location being Palani, Tamil Nadu.[4] The team's second location was set to be in Karaikudi. Prabhu Deva had reportedly planned two song sequences to be shot in European countries.[7] Another song sequence was shot in Bangkok, Thailand. Later, reports claimed that the film's script and story would deal with a majority of the film taking place in Italy. Prabhu Deva had reportedly planned two song sequences to be shot in European countries.[8] In an interview with Prabhu Deva, a month prior to the film's release, Prabhu Deva stated the film will be a "Tamil version of a James Bond film."[9] It was reported that Prakash Raj was missing from shooting when the crew was shooting the climax.[10]

Devi Sri Prasad, Kola Bhaskar and Ravi Varman were confirmed the film's composer, editor, and cinematographer respectively while FEFSI Vijayan was chosen as the stunt coordinator.[4]

Vijay was Prabhu Deva's initial choice for the lead role. Prabhu Deva trusted the actor, due to their widely known friendship, after their success with Pokkiri the previous year. However, several critics and media had dubious thoughts on the choice of Vijay as the lead role actor for the film. Some websites wondered if Villu would promote his career, or give him another lukewarm box-office response, like his previous films Azhagiya Thamizh Magan and Kuruvi, which proved to be poor-grossers at the box-office due to their weak storyline and screenplay.[11] Nayantara was confirmed the film's lead actress upon the film's launch.[2] Vadivelu was also confirmed for a supporting role.[2] Earlier reports claimed that Biju Menon or Napoleon were to be given a supporting role, but later the role went to Manoj K. Jayan. Vaiyapuri, Kushboo Sundar and Kovai Sarala were also said to be given roles in the film. However, Sundar was later confirmed an item number appearance while Sarala was to sing a song in the film.

The video containing Vijay fighting at ice factory was leaked in the net.[12]

Megacow[edit]

The Megacow is an anthropomorphic Bull that fights Vadivelu in the Pasture in the scene where he gets lost. It is one of the few Indian Movie Monsters to appear in filim, aside the Rakshashas.

Soundtrack[edit]

Villu
Soundtrack album by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 14 December 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Ayngaran International
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
King
(2008)
Villu
(2009)
Arya 2
(2009)

The soundtrack for this film was composed by Devi Sri Prasad.

No. Song Singers Length (min:sec) Lyrics Picturization
1 "Hey Rama Rama" Amal Raj, Kovai Sarala 04:43 Kabilan Vijay and Kushboo, Prabhu Deva
2 "Jalsa Jalsa" Baba Sehgal 04:20 Rohini Vijay and Nayantara
3 "Are You Crazy" Divya 00:46 Prabhu Deva, Akila, Ravi Vijay and Nayantara
4 "Daddy Mummy" Mamta Mohandas, Naveen Madhav 04:20 Viveka Vijay, Mumaith Khan and Zabyn Khan
5 "Dheemthanakka Thillana" Devi Sri Prasad, Divya 04:09 Snehan Vijay and Nayantara
6 "Jalsa Jalsa"
(Remix)
Devi Sri Prasad, Baba Sehgal 04:00 Rohini
7 "Nee Kobapattal" Sagar 04:21 Pa. Vijay Vijay and Nayantara
8 "Vaada Maappilley" Tippu, Vadivelu, Savitha Reddy & Rita 03:34 Kabilan Vijay, Nayantara and Vadivelu

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Kalaignar. The film was given a "U/A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Reception[edit]

This film released on 12 January 2009 on the same day Prabhu Deva and Vijay's previous film Pokkiri had released. Produced at a cost of INR17 crore, the film received mainly negative reviews.[13] Behindwoods.com gave 1.5 on 5 and said "With tacky production values, shabby cinematography and amateurish direction Villu comes across as a more than two-hour long." while another website stated "On the whole, Vijay's Villu is an action-packed mass masala film for his ardent fans but with loose ends."Rediff reviewed the film "Leave your brains behind and prepare to enjoy the adventures of a Tamil James Bond and rated 3/5".[14] IndiaGlitz called it "loose strings with style".[15]The film was a success at the box office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-reviews/reviews-2/villu.html
  2. ^ a b c "Name games and Vijay rules". Indiaglitz. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Vijay and Prabhu Deva together again". Indiaglitz. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b c "Name games and Vijay rules". IndiaGlitz. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Vijay and Prabhu Deva together again". IndiaGlitz. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  6. ^ "A 'new old' heroine for Vijay". Behindwoods. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Vijay's Italian rendezvous". IndiaGlitz. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Vijay's Italian rendezvous". Indiaglitz. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  9. ^ "'Villu' takes Diwali break". IndiaGlitz. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Prakash Raj missing, Villu climax halts". Behindwoods. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  11. ^ "Is Vijay aiming right with 'Villu'?". Indiaglitz. 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  12. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/villu-intro-fight-scene-leaked-on-the-net-news-tamil-kkfs7aghjaf.html
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1451763/
  14. ^ "Review: Villu". Rediff. 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  15. ^ Villu Indiaglitz Review

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