Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada

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Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada.jpg
Directed byGautham Menon
Produced byVenkat Somasundaram
Reshma Ghatala
Written byGautham Menon
Narrated bySilambarasan
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyDan Macarthur
Dani Raymond
Theni Eswar
Edited byAnthony Gonsalvez
Dwaraka Creations
Ondraga Entertainment
Distributed byAyngaran International
Release date
  • 11 November 2016 (2016-11-11)
Running time
135 minutes

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (transl. Fear is Foolishness) is a 2016 Indian Tamil romantic action thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon. The film stars Silambarasan and Manjima Mohan in lead roles.[1][2] Initially titled as Sattendru Maarathu Vaanillai, the film tells the story of a happy-go-lucky young man who is in love. However, in an unexpected turn of events, he and his dear ones are embroiled in a high-risk situation, which demands that he rise to the occasion and stand his ground against the odds.

Principal photography commenced in November 2013,[3] however, in June 2014, filming schedules were postponed until Menon completed his other project Yennai Arindhaal (2015) with Ajith Kumar.[4] Filming recommenced on 21 February 2015, majority of shooting was done in Chennai, India. The film features film score and soundtrack album composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Thamarai. It is simultaneously made in Telugu as Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo with Naga Chaitanya and Manjima Mohan in lead roles.[5]


The movie opens with the flashback snapshots of the protagonist (Silambarasan) in a small brawl with a mob.

The protagonist, whose name is not mentioned, is revealed to be a care free MBA student and bike enthusiast, accompanied by his close friends Mahesh (Sathhish Krishnan), Shyam (R. Shyam), Srikanth (Vicky Vijai) and Auto Selvam (R. S. Karthik). He has two sisters. He has two love stories that revolved around him in the past, one is Sukanya and another is Mallika and now he considers his new Thunderbird bike as his first love ever. However, he meets and falls in love with, Leela (Manjima Mohan), a friend of his sister Mythri who staying in his house while completing her short college course.

He plans a long road trip in his bike to Kannyakumari along with his friend Mahesh but he ditches his friend in the last minute and is accompanied by Leela instead.

They go to Kannyakumari via Salem, Palakkad and Trivandrum. On the trip they go to a rural village and stay for a night where they are taken care by a kind-hearted villager (Madurai Mohan). The next day they reach Kannyakumari and see the Sunrise, here Leela falls for him and after the trip he agrees to drop Leela to her home in Kolhapur.

On the way to Maharastra in a busy highway, they meet with a terrible accident and he injures and breaks his shoulder and tells her he loves her before he passes out.

They feel that something was wrong and that wasn't an accident. The same day, Leela's parents are chased and attacked by unknown assailants.

It is revealed that Leela was the target to be murdered not her parents. The hero and his friend Mahesh visit the hospital that she is in. This is when the movie enters a bizarre violent action space in his life and he decides to save Leela and his family.

However, things take a turn for the worse as they encounter something unexpected. The second half is a well furnished, racy, clearly dispenses the fearless-ness to destroy the corrupt Politician, Police Officer Kamat (Baba Sehgal) and a gangster Hiren (Daniel Balaji). Kamat is the one who does unwanted things to kill Raman and his wife. Mahesh is sadly killed in this mess.

Finally the hero’s name is revealed – it’s not big secret. His name is Rajinikanth. Kamat now knowing his name tries to trace out Rajinikanth even in Mahesh's funeral and finally he reaches Rajinikanth's house where he is revealed that he is Rajnikanth Muralidharan IPS, who attains his posting in the same Kolhapur, where Leela's parents were killed. Finally he assassinates Kamat and goes on a trip to Kanyakumari again to propose to Leela for marriage.


  • Silambarasan as ACP Rajinikanth Muralidharan
  • Manjima Mohan as Leela Raman
  • Sathish Krishnan as Mahesh
  • Baba Sehgal as Kamath
  • Daniel Balaji as Hiren
  • Nagineedu as Sathyamoorthy
  • R. N. R. Manohar as Mahesh's father
  • Anjali Rao as Maythrei Muralidharan
  • Krrish Menon as Atul
  • Mathew Varghese as Muralidharan
  • Sujata Panju as Rajinikanth's mother
  • Vasantha as Leela's mother
  • Prasad Athalye as Yashwant Tripude
  • Vishwanath as Nathuram Dubey
  • Priya Rajkumar as Anamika
  • R. Shyam as Shyam
  • Vicky Vijai as Srikanth
  • R. S. Karthik as Auto Selvam
  • Amruth as Rajinikanth's friend
  • Rishabh as Inspector Thambe
  • Anandhi as Mallika
  • Dollyann Santhosh as Suganya
  • Gautham Vasudev Menon as a Police Officer (Cameo Appearance)



After the success of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Gautham Menon has narrated the script to Vijay along with Yohan Adhayam Ondru script as the actor felt it wouldn’t suit his image and for the audience.[6][7] Gautham Menon announced in October 2013 that he would produce and direct a film featuring Silambarasan in the lead role after the following success of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.[8] In an interview with the Bangalore Mirror, Menon stated that the film was originally titled Sattendru Maarathu Vaanilai and described the film as one which starts as a "love story" and then enters a "violent / action space".[2] Menon outlined the storyline of the film, stating, "It is the story of a happy-go-lucky guy (played by Silambarasan) who is looking to do normal things in life but then, a situation is thrown at him and it changes everything", adding that the story is inspired by the scene in the film The Godfather where a bruised Michael Corleone plots revenge against the corrupt policeman McCluskey.[9] Menon had previously portrayed cops as heroes but in this film, he revealed that the cop was the antagonist. When he was writing the second half of the film, he ensured not to watch films in the other genre.[9] In December 2013, A. R. Rahman was officially confirmed to compose the songs, while Dan Macarthur was confirmed as the film's cinematographer.[10] Baba Sehgal was chosen to portray a negative role as a cop.[11]


While the team was still in the process of casting a female lead opposite Silambarasan, principal photography began in mid-November 2013 with a ten-day schedule in Adyar, Chennai, with scenes featuring Silambarasan and Sathish Krishnan were shot.[12] Later, filming continued for ten days with Pallavi Subhash as the female lead. Further, the shooting progressed during the nights, in and around Kalakshetra and Thiruvanmiyur.[10] A second schedule began in early December 2013 featuring scenes with the lead cast in urban Chennai.[13] The film was shot for thirty days and was put on hold until Menon completed filming Yennai Arindhaal (2015).[4]

In 2015, Pallavi Subhash could not allot bulk dates to the film and was replaced by Manjima Mohan.[14] She was cast after actor Vineeth Srinivasan made Menon watch the trailer of Oru Vadakkan Selfie and then Manjima was auditioned and selected for the role.[15] Filming began from 21 February 2015, re-shooting all previous scenes with Manjima Mohan.[14] By September 2015, four songs were filmed and the team was left with 20 days of work.[1] By November 2015, ninety percent of the filming was completed.[14] The next schedule comprised 30 allotted days.[16] On 17 February 2016, the climax portions were being filmed in Adyar, Chennai. However, a stunt made Silambarasan suffer facial injuries, postponing the filming schedules.[17]


Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released31 December 2015 (1st Release)
17 June 2016 (2nd Release)
Recorded2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
Panchathan Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (soundtrack)
Pelé: Birth of a Legend
Singles from Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
  1. ""Thalli Pogathey""
    Released: 17 January 2016 (2016-01-17)[18]
  2. "Rasaali"
    Released: 26 May 2016 (2016-05-26)

A. R. Rahman's inclusion in the project was confirmed by December 2013, marking his second collaboration with Silambarasan and Gautham Menon after their critically acclaimed Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa soundtrack. As per the urgency of shooting, a single track with lyrics penned by Madhan Karky was recorded within three hours by the composer at his studio in Los Angeles.[19] Recording of the songs recommenced from February 2015.[4] By September 2015, recording of all the five tracks by A. R. Rahman was completed.[1] For the sixth track, Rahman was yet to see the film and score it, which was later on added as the theme music.[1] The music rights were acquired by Divo in 2015.[20]

The soundtrack album has five songs, all placed in the first half of the film.[9] In an interview with The Times of India, Menon confirmed four tracks on the soundtrack album, one being Idhu Naal Varaiyil.[14] The first track Showkali, is an hip-hop music portrays a group of bikers' debate on girls and bikes. The song teaser was released on 5 May 2016 feat. ADK and Sri Rascol. Silambarasan has sung and rapped out some of the lines which only featured in the film. The track Avalum Naanum, sung by Vijay Yesudas, was used in the first teaser of the film. Rasaali is set in the tunes of 90s.[14]

The fifth track is Thalli Pogathey which features vocals by Sid Sriram. It framed the score for the film's official trailer.[21] The song was recorded in the second week of December 2015.[22] On 31 December 2015, the vocals on the track were fine-tuned.[22][23] According to the singer: "The song is about a guy’s longing to express himself to a girl; but not knowing how to go about it and thus, having an inner conversation with himself."[22] The song has rap-vocals by Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam and backing vocals by Aparna Narayanan.[24] The song Thalli Pogathey which was featured in the first trailer instantly became a sensation and went viral. The lyric video has crossed over 2 crore views in YouTube.[25] Owing to the popularity of the Thalli Pogathey, Silambarasan recorded and released a cover version of the song on 14 January 2016.[26][27]

The film director released the song titles through his official Twitter handle on 1 March 2016.[28][29]

Track listing
1."Showkali"Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Vignesh Shivan, Sri RascolAditya Rao, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Sri Rascol, Silambarasan (Film Version)04:38
2."Idhu Naal"Madhan KarkyAditya Rao, Jonita Gandhi03:39
3."Rasaali"ThamaraiSathya Prakash, Shashaa Tirupati05:38
4."Avalum Naanum"BharathidasanVijay Yesudas04:14
5."Thalli Pogathey"Thamarai, Dinesh KanagaratnamSid Sriram, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Aparna Narayanan04:26
Total length:21:55


The film was initially titled Sattendru Maaruthu Vaanilai in December 2013. The title refers to lyrics of the song "Nenjukkul Peidhidum", from Menon's 2008 film Vaaranam Aayiram.[30] However, the title could not be retained as the producers K. Ethiraj and Dr. Saravanan completed a different film with the same title which was censored and tax exempted.[31] A fifty-second teaser of Menon's film that was released on 3 February 2014.[4][32] However, in February 2015, the title was revealed as Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada.[33]

The teaser was released on 29 August 2015.[34] The first trailer was released on 31 December 2015.[35] The film was released on 11 November 2016.

Box office[edit]

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada received positive reviews.[36] It earned 3.65 crore on the first day. In the next two days, the movie added a close to 7 crore to take its first-weekend tally to 10.10 crore. It has to be noted that the major chunk of the business have come from Chennai and Chengalpet regions.[37] AYM collected 25.60 crore total after the first week of release.[38]


64th Filmfare Awards South 2017[39]

A. R. Rahman

Thamarai (for "Thalli Pogathey")

Manjima Mohan

IIFA Utsavam[40]
  • Best Music Director Award (Tamil)

A. R. Rahman

6th South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Best Music Director Award (Tamil)

A. R. Rahman

Kollywood Cinema Awards
  • Best Music Director Award (Tamil)

A. R. Rahman

Edison Awards[41]
  • Best Actor (2016) (Tamil)

T.R. Silambarasan


The song "Thalli Pogathey" was parodied by Rajendran and Kovai Sarala in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (2017) also starring Silambarasan.[42] The line "Yeno Vaanilai Maaruthey" from the song "Thalli Pogathey" inspired a short film of same name.[43]


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