Yavarum Nalam

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Yavarum Nalam
Yavarum.jpg
The Tamil theatrical release poster as Yavarum Nalam.
Directed by Vikram Kumar
Produced by Suresh Balaje
George Pius
Rajesh Sawhney
Written by Vikram Kumar
Neelu Iyappan
Abhinav Singh Kashyap (Hindi Dialogues)
Starring R. Madhavan
Neetu Chandra
Sachin Khedekar
Deepak Dobriyal
Murli Sharma
Dhritiman Chatterjee
Sampath Raj
Saranya
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Tubby Parik
Cinematography P. C. Sreeram
Edited by Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Big Pictures
Release date(s)
  • March 6, 2009 (2009-03-06)
Running time 137 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Hindi
Budget INR6 crore[1]
Box office INR16 crore (Tamil)
INR8.1 crore (Hindi)[1][2]

Yavarum Nalam (English: All are fine) is a 2009 Tamil psychological horror film directed by Vikram Kumar, starring R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra in the lead roles. Produced by Suresh Balaje and George Pius, the film was simultaneously filmed and released in Tamil and also Hindi as 13B with a slightly different cast. The film's soundtrack was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and background score by Tubby Parik. The film was released on 6 March 2009 to highly positive reviews from critics in Tamil and mixed reviews in Bollywood.

Cast[edit]

Actor
(Tamil version)
Actor
(Hindi version)
Role
R. Madhavan Manohar
Neetu Chandra Priya
Ravi Babu Murali Sharma Siva
Sachin Khedekar Dr. Balu / Dr. Shinde
Sanjaih Bokaria Manoj
Amitha Rajan Deepa
Saranya Poonam Dhillon Manohar's mother
Dhritiman Chatterjee Mr. Kamdhar
Deepak Dobriyal Senthil / Ashok
Sampath Raj Ramachandran
Kushboo Sundar Roshan Abbas Show host
Rachana Maurya an item number

Plot[edit]

Manohar (Madhavan) moves into a new apartment (Flat No. 13B) on the 13th floor with his family, fulfilling his life's biggest dream. But his family is greeted by a series of small trivial incidents- such as, milk getting spoiled, etc. which are regarded as inauspicious by his family but shrugged off by an excited Manohar. The elevator in the apartment does not operate for Manohar alone which is shown to be bothering him a lot in the beginning of the movie.

The women in the family get hooked on to a new TV show Yavarum Nalam (Everyone Is Well, or Sab Khairiyat in Hindi). The show is about a family eerily similar to theirs who have also just moved into a new house just like they have. As the serial unfolds, Manohar notices that the incidents that happen in the serial are a reflection of what is happening to his family. For example, his sister graduating with a Class I Distinction, his wife getting pregnant and later suffering a miscarriage. The rest of the family remains oblivious to the similarities and Manohar prefers it that way to avoid panic. He also notices that his camera takes distorted pictures of him while he is in the apartment, but not while he is outside the apartment.

As Manohar fights the uneasy feeling in his mind, things start taking a turn for the worse in the serial. He is now terrified that the same might happen to his family as well. Manohar now wants to know who is behind the making of the TV show and what their intentions are. As Manohar explores the mysterious happenings, he unravels a terrifying secret.

The apartment they live in shared their address with a house where a family of eight was butchered back in 1977. It was the family of a TV news anchor named Chitra. On the day of Chitra's engagement, an ardent fan (Shriram Shinde in the 13B version) of Chitra wanted to stop the engagement and he failed in doing so. Disheartened, he committed suicide. Subsequently, all members of that family were murdered with a hammer in a single day. The blame rested on the crazy brother in the family, as he had been seen with the hammer last. The police officer investigating the case also committed suicide by hanging himself in the same house.

Now Manohar and his friend, Shiva (Murli Sharma), who is a policeman, are in the process of unraveling the mystery. Manohar researches the madman Senthil/Ashok, who apparently goes crazy after seeing the TV show in an asylum. Manohar then meets Senthil, who extends a hand for Manohar but drags him inside, but his friend Shiva keeps him from being dragged. They then met Chitra's former fiance Ramchandar, who tries to plead for Senthil's innocence because he got covered in blood while he hugged the bodies, failed in the case.

After researching one night, Manohar has a nightmare of the 13B murderer climbing the stairs to kill his family. When Manohar tries to climb the stairs, he always ends up on the 2nd floor and after a few moments he wakes up. He then goes to the hall and witnesses the climax of Yavarum Nalam/Sab Kheriyat when they are showing the murderer's identity; he sees two hammers, one pointed hammer and a blunt sledge-hammer, then showing Manohar's face as the killer.

What follows is the climax that ties up all the loose ends. The 13B murderer is Dr Balu/Dr Shinde, who sees the family members' faces as serial family members.It was he who killed them in 1970's on the behalf of his brother and also killed the police officer who caught him red-handed. Manohar kills him.

The story ends with Manohar living a normal life with a new dog in the family; the milk is not getting spoiled anymore. They bring Senthil/Ashok home and the lift in the apartment finally works for Manohar. Manohar receives a call from Dr Balu/Dr Shinde while in the lift, who says that while the 13B family haunts the TV, he haunts Manohar's phone.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The director of the film, Vikram Kumar, won a National Award for his short film "Silent Scream". Here he teamed up with cinematographer P. C. Sreeram, editor Sreekar Prasad, sound designer A. S. Lakshminarayanan and art director Sameer Chanda, who also happen to be National Film Award winners. The Hindi working title was Channel.[3]

Casting[edit]

Esha Deol and Kareena Kapoor were originally considered for the lead role which eventually went to Neetu Chandra. Lead actress Neetu Chandra made her Tamil debut with Yaavarum Nalam. She has starred in successful Hindi films like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Traffic Signal. Lead actor Madhavan and cinematographer P. C. Sreeram had previously worked together on the hit movie Alaipayuthey. Veteran Bengali actor Dhritiman Chaterjee made his Tamil cinema debut in Yaavarum Nalam, but Tamil was not a new language for him, as he is a resident of Chennai. He played the same role in the Hindi version of the film. Veteran Marathi actor Sachin Khedekar, who made his debut in Tamil cinema with Yaavarum Nalam, took great effort in learning his lines. A voice CD was sent to him with his lines read out so that he would get familiar with the Tamil dialogue. He plays the same character in the Hindi version as well.

Filming[edit]

The majority of the film takes place inside an apartment. A temporary shooting floor was created from scratch in Egmore, Chennai, inside which an elaborate apartment set was erected.

Reception[edit]

The film received a warm welcome from the audience

Release[edit]

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

Box Office[edit]

The movie turned out be a Hit at the Tamil box office, grossing INR16 crore.[4][5][6][7] The Hindi version was a hit netting INR8.1 crore.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while the lyrics in Hindi and Tamil were penned by Neelesh Mishra and Thamarai respectively.

13B/Yaavarum Nalam
Soundtrack album by Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Released 6 February 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 39:33
Language Hindi
Tamil
Label Big Music
Producer Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Shankar Ehsaan Loy chronology
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam
(2009)
13B/Yaavarum Nalam
(2009)
Shortkut
(2009)

Hindi[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Sab Khairiyat Hai"   Shankar Mahadevan 1:46
2. "Bade Se Shehar Mein"   Karthik, Shankar Mahadevan 4:30
3. "Oh Sexy Mama"   Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Mendonsa 4:06
4. "13 B - Theme"     4:57
5. "Aasma Odhkar"   K.S. Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan 4:25
6. "Sab Khairiyat Hai (Remix)"   Shankar Mahadevan 4:04
7. "Aasma Odhkar (Remix)"   K.S. Chitra. Shankar Mahadevan  
8. "Oh Sexy Mama (Remix)"   Anushka Manchanda, Baba Sehgal, Loy Mendonsa 4:37
9. "Bade Se Shehar Mein (Remix)"   Karthik 5:08

Tamil[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Yavarum Nalam"   Shankar Mahadevan 1:46
2. "Chinnakkuyil Koovam"   Karthik 4:30
3. "Oh Sexy Mama"   Anushka Manchanda, Jassie Gift 4:06
4. "Yavarum Nalam - Theme"     4:57
5. "Kaatrilae Vaasame"   K.S. Chitra, Shankar Mahadevan 4:25
6. "Yaavarum Nalam (Remix)"   Shankar Mahadevan 4:04
7. "Kaatrilae Vaasame (Remix)"   K.S. Chitra. Shankar Mahadevan  
8. "Oh Sexy Mama (Remix)"   Anushka Manchanda, Jassie Gift 4:37
9. "Chinnakkuyil Koovam (Remix)"   Karthik 5:08

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