|Directed by||Susi Ganeshan|
|Produced by||Mary Francis|
|Written by||Susi Ganeshan|
|Cinematography||K. V. Anand
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
|Distributed by||V. M. Creations|
|21 December 2002|
Virumbugiren is a 2002 Tamil romantic film directed by Susi Ganeshan. The film featured Prashanth and Sneha in the lead roles, while Nassar, Livingston and Sriman played supporting roles. Deva composed the film's music while K. V. Anand handled the film's cinematography. The film released after much delay across Tamil Nadu in December 2002 and won critical acclaim.
Shivan (Prashanth) an aspiring designer's hopes crash when he lands up with the responsibility of looking after his mother and younger brothers with his father's sudden death. Since his father dies while in service, Shivan is forced to take up his father's job as a fire service man. He meets Thavamani (Sneha), a beautiful rustic while on a posting in a village and they fall in love. But the girl's father (Nasser) and the whole village are against the lovers. How the lovers' fight against all odds and win form the rest of this love story.
The project, Virumbugiren, was launched at Hotel Chola Sheraton, Chennai on 19 January 2000 with Susi Ganeshan, an erstwhile assistant of Mani Ratnam being introduced as a director. It was announced that the film would have cinematography by K. V. Anand, music by Deva, lyrics by Vairamuthu, art by Thota Tharani editing by Suresh Urs and special effects by Venki; and it would be produced by Vandana Bhatt and Mary Francis under the banner of V.M. Creations. The event was compered by Uma Padmanabhan, while attendees included Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam and Prabhu Deva. Actor Vivek refused a role in the film citing that the script was so good that there was no need for a separate comedy track, while Prashanth underwent special training for his role as a fire fighter. Sneha applied for a role in the film after seeing and advertisement for the auditions in a newspaper. The story of the film was taken from one of Susi Ganeshan's novels titled Vakkappatta Bhoomi.
Despite its launch in early 2000, the film went through production troubles and released nearly two years after the launch. A host of Prashanth starrers which were launched after Virumbugiren such as Star, Chocolate and Majunu were subsequently released earlier. Sneha, for whom Virumbugiren was the first film she signed, was reported to be amongst the reasons for the delay after her popularity created problems in her call schedules. The producer of the film had to approach Vijayakanth, the president of the actor's association (Nadigar Sangam) and Sarath Kumar, also an office bearer, to intervene and resolve the dispute. Similarly Susi Ganesan also completed and released another film, Five Star, in between the production delays.
The film won positive reviews upon release, with The Hindu describing it as a "welcome change". Sify.com praised the film labelling that "Prashanth is top class", "Sneha steals some of the scenes with a larkish spontaneity and vivacity", while that director Susi Ganesan who has written the story and screenplay has done a neat job." A critic from Nowrunning.com wrote that "Prashanth excels in his potrayal and Sneha's performance in her first official film is commendable", adding that "as the tough father, Nasser has come up with a strong performance".
The film went on to gain success before release in 2001, by winning four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards including Best Film and Best Director for Susi Ganesan. Sneha also won the Best Actress award for her work in the film alongside Aanandham and Punnagai Desam, while Easwari Rao scooped the Best Supporting Actress award.
In 2004, Susi Ganesan came together with Prashanth again for a project titled Sakkarai, though the film was shelved after a single schedule. Positive commentary about the lead pair also prompted Prashanth to sign Sneha to feature in his 2005 film Aayudham.
|Soundtrack album by Deva|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||Thuduk Thuduk||Unni Menon||5:26|
|2||Nijama Nijama||Sadhana Sargam, Tippu||5:19|
|3||Pathala Pathala||Ceylon Manohar, Unnikrishnan, Suba, Saisan||5:50|
|4||Athili Puthili||Vasundhara Das||5:11|
|5||Enga Ooru Santhayile (Bit)||Krishnaraj|
|6||Otharuva Pottukkulle (Bit)||Deva|
|7||Kat Kat Kattai (Bit)||Krishnaraj|
|8||Enna Aachudi (Bit)||Deva||5:11|
|9||Maman Ponnu Patha (Bit)||Krishnaraj||0:46|
|10||Kombu Mulaitha Muyale||Hariharan, Sophia, Satish||6:02|
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