Ayya (2005 Tamil film)
|Produced by||K. Balachander (Presenter)|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Distributed by||Kavithalayaa Productions|
Ayya (English: Master/Sir) is a 2005 Indian Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by Hari, presented by K. Balachander and produced by Pushpa Kandasamy under banner Kavithalayaa Productions. The film stars Sarath Kumar in a dual role, along with Nayanthara and Napoleon in the lead roles, while Vadivelu, Prakash Raj, Lakshmi, Rohini, and Charle play supporting roles. The film was a success at the Chennai Box office and the music was rendered by Bharadwaj. Oru Vaarthai song was very famous around South India. This movie was also Nayanthara's debut in Tamil cinema. The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Maa Daivam Peddayana.
The movie starts in 1970s, where there is heavy drought in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. Ayyadurai (Sarath Kumar) and Madasamy (Napoleon) are close friends and landlords of different castes in Tenkasi town in Tirunelveli district, and they try hard to help people and save them from dying during the drought. The local MLA (OAK Sundar), also a relative of Madasamy, smuggles rice given by the government, and people protest upon knowing about this. The MLA denies knowing anything about the sanctioned rice. That night, he starts to smuggle the rice, but the lorries are waylaid and ransacked by the people led by Madasamy. The MLA comes there and starts shooting towards people's legs. Ayyadurai sees the MLA aiming for Madasamy's head and pushes him. Then, Ayyadurai beats the MLA using the hilt of the gun, following which he dies. The local people support Ayyadurai and save him from police and also urge him to contest in the assembly by-elections.
Now the movie comes to the present, where Ayyadurai has been the unopposed MLA of Tenkasi for more than 35 years. He returns from Chennai after resigning his post because the state department did not sanction his request to renovate the lakes in his area. His son Chelladurai (Sarath Kumar), a civil engineer, runs their business and helps his father for the people's welfare. Selvi (Nayanthara) is Madasamy's teenage daughter who deliberately fails her 12th standard exam as she loves Chelladurai and wants to marry him. Meanwhile, Karuppusamy (Prakash Raj) is the son of the MLA killed by Ayyadurai and wants to take revenge by either defeating or killing Ayyadurai. He has contested thrice against Ayyadurai in the past decade, with no avail. He has made around 20 attempts on Ayyadurai's life without any success. Meanwhile, Selvi proposes her love to Chelladurai, but he does not accept, saying that it might result in clashes between their families, as they both belong to different castes. Also, there comes a flashback where it is shown that Chelladurai’s marriage with Malavika got cancelled a few years back as she eloped with her lover on the day of marriage, which made Chelladurai feel embarrassed. Because of this, he preferred to stay unmarried.
Selvi informs about her love to both families, and they decide to get them married. Now, Karuppusamy plays tricks to separate both Ayyadurai and Madasamy. He sends police on the day of marriage, saying that Selvi is still a minor and that it is illegal to get her married before 18 years of age. Ayyadurai accepts that and informs Madasamy to postpone the wedding. This angers Madasamy, and he believes that the police were sent only by Ayyadurai to cancel the marriage, as both of them belonged to different castes. Karuppusamy uses this opportunity to get close to Madasamy, and makes him the evidence for the murder of his father a few years back by Ayyadurai. The police arrests Ayyadurai. The general election dates are announced in the state. The ruling party again gives a chance for Karuppusamy to contest, giving him an ultimatum to win. Ayyadurai cannot contest due to the murder case, and hence, he nominates Chelladurai in his stead. Karuppusamy plans to murder Madasamy and blame Chelladurai for that so that Karuppusamy can get both caste votes and win the election. However, before that, Chelladurai saves Madasamy, though he later gives his signed withdrawal form to Karuppusamy and says that he let him become the unopposed MLA, as he is also a good-natured man, and his anger is only on Ayyadurai and not on the people of the town. Karuppusamy realizes his mistake and apologizes to Ayyadurai and Chelladurai for all his criminal activities. However, Ayyadurai prefers to stay in prison as he still feels guilty of murdering Karuppusamy’s father years ago. Karuppusamy becomes the MLA, and Chelladurai and Selvi marry.
- Sarath Kumar as Ayyadurai, 35-years MLA of Thenkasi constituency and Chelladurai, Ayya's son (double role)
- Napoleon as Madasamy, Ayyadurai's childhood friend and Selvi's father
- Nayanthara as Selvi (Madasamy's daughter) (Voice dubbed by Mahalakshmi Kannan)
- Vadivelu as Karasingham A. C. (theatre owner)
- Prakash Raj as Karuppusamy, the main antagonist, son of Ex-MLA
- Lakshmi as Ayyadurai's wife
- Rohini as Madasamy's wife
- Charle as Ayyadurai's house-worker
- Malavika as Chelladurai's ex-fiancée
- OAK Sundar as MLA (Karuppusamy's father)
- Sindhu as Karuppusamy's wife
- Madhan Bob as Madman
- G. Srinivasan (actor)
- Nizhalgal Ravi
- Raj Kapoor
- Kavithalaya Krishnan
- Periyar Dasan
- Crane Manohar
- Bonda Mani
- Halwa Vasu
- Karnaa Radha
The film's theatrical and satellite rights were sold to Ravichandran's Oscar Films for ₹7.25 crore at a table profit of ₹2.25 crore. The movie was a commercial hit in the box office and Vadivelu's comedy scenes are popular. Hari decided to work with Bharadwaj in this movie after collaborating with Harris Jayaraj on his previous three films continuously.
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|Released||17 December 2004|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The songs and background score were done by Bharadwaj in his second collaboration with director Hari after Thamizh. Lyrics written by Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar, and Snehan. The song "Oru Vaarthai" was used in the 2006 Taiwanese film I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, as well as the official trailer for it.
|1.||"Aththiri Baththiri"||Janani Bharadwaj|
|3.||"Oru Vaartha Kekka"||KK, Sadhana Sargam|
|4.||"Suththipoda Venaama"||Tippu, Srimathumitha|
|5.||"Thamirabarani Raani"||KK, Shreya Ghoshal|
The movies got positive review. Nowrunning.com gave 3/5 saying "Another splendid performance from Sarath Kumar. His Pongal release "Ayya" has the right dose of emotions, drama and action. Hari, the director played precisely by giving Sarath a memorable role". Nayanthara shot to fame after this movie due to her traditional looks in the movie. The song "Oru vaartha Ketka" was a superhit. Vadivelu's comedy was also praised.