|Directed by||A. Venkatesh|
Pattukkottai Prabakar (Dialogues )
Srikanth Deva (1 song)
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Bagavathi is an 2002 Tamil action drama film, written and directed by A. Venkatesh, which features Vijay and Reemma Sen in the leading roles. Vadivelu, K. Vishwanath, Yugendran and Ashish Vidyarthi play other supporting roles, while Deva composed the music for the film. The movie was released on Diwali. It was declared as a successful venture at the box office. The film was also simultaneously released in Telugu and dubbed in Hindi with the same title.
Bagavathi (Vijay) owns a tea shop-come hotel near the Chennai High Court. He lives with the aim of bringing up his younger brother Guna (Jai) as a doctor. He meets a modern girl called Anjali (Reemma Sen) while giving her a refill. She doesn't know that the refill is valuable for Bagavathy, and so she casually throws it away. He admonishes her for that and gets it back with a receptionist's help. Anjali initially thinks that he is stingy, but later when she sees him helping a lady whose daughter has gone into labor and was subsequently beaten up by a policeman, she gains respect for him. Soon, Bagavathy finds out that Anjali is the daughter of a judge who is his friend.
Guna has a girlfriend named Priya (Monica) with whom he accidentally develops a physical relationship. Guna hides this news from his brother. Guna's love is objected by Priya's father Easwarapandiyan (Ashish Vidyarthi), who fears for the loss of his status and name in society. Soon, during a college function, some goons sent by Easwarapandiyan beat up Guna. Bagavathy finds him and takes him to the hospital and asks the help of his friend Anand (Yugendran) to safeguard his brother from Easwarapandiyan's atrocities.
In an attempt to fulfill his brother's wish, Bagavathy tries to convince Easwarapandiyan to let Priya and Guna marry. Easwarapandiyan humiliates him by asking him to polish his shoes. Bagavathy does so, but despite that, Easwarapandiyan says that Guna will die. Guna attempts to marry Priya even without his brother's knowledge. But Easwarapandiyan collapses the marriage, and Guna is killed in front of Bagavathy. Anand is also killed after trying to defend Guna.
Guna, in his last moments, promises that he will be with his brother forever. After Guna's death, everyone comes to know that Priya is pregnant due to the accidental relationship with Guna earlier. Bagavathi is reminded of his brother's last words and thinks his brother will be born again. Meanwhile, to protect his social status, Easwarapandiyan attempts to kill the child before it is being born. Bagavathi challenges him saying that the child will touch the earth. In order to do so, Ganga (Thalaivasal Vijay) helps him turn into a don to save his brother's child. With the help of Anjali, her mother, and his tea shop helper Vadivelu (Vadivelu), Bagavathi overcomes all the hurdles put in his way by Easwarapandiyan and manages to protect Priya long enough to allow for safe birth of his brother's child. In the climax of the film, Bagavathy first kills Viboothi Ganesan (Ponnambalam), a henchman of Easwarapandiyan, and finally kills Easwarapandiyan himself.
- Vijay as Bagavathi
- Reemma Sen as Anjali
- Vadivelu as Vadivelu and Vibration
- Jai as Guna
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Easwarapandiyan, Priya's father
- Monica as Priya
- Yugendran as Anand
- Ponnambalam as Vibuthi Ganesan
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Ganga
- K. Vishwanath as Chief Minister
- Seema as District Judge, Anjali's mother
- Sathyapriya as Priya's mother
- Ilavarasu as Singamuthu
- Singamuthu as Nattamai
- Vimalraj as Henchman
- Bayilvan Ranganathan as Traffic Police
- V. Swaminathan (special appearance)
Vijay was hesitant at first to take up a full mass hero subject and asked the director for 3 months time to think about it, as he was busy with his ongoing shooting of Thirumalai (2003). The Crew approached Kiran for the lead role but turned down the offer due to date clashes and replaced by Reemma Sen. The director Venkatesh selected a newcomer, Jai, to play the role of Guna after seeing him at Jai's uncle, Deva's, recording studio — mentioning that the youngster looked like actor Vijay. Although his role in the film was relatively minimal, he has since gone on to appear in successful films such as Chennai 600028, Subramaniyapuram and Engeyum Eppodhum.
The film released in the Diwali. The film was released in Malaysia under the title Pasupathy. A dubbed version of the film in Telugu was prepared and released in late 2005. The film was awarded with an 'A' certificate by the Indian Censor Board, owing to its violence scenes.
|Soundtrack album by Deva|
|Released||25 October 2002|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||Allu Allu||Udit Narayan|
|2||Atchamillai Atchamillai||Shankar Mahadevan|
|3||July Malargalae||Karthik, Sadhana Sargam|
|4||Kai Kai Vaikiraan||Anuradha Sriram, Shankar Mahadevan|
|5||Shyo Shyo||Timmy, Sadhana Sargam|
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