|Directed by||N. Linguswamy|
|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Written by||S. Ramakrishnan|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Edited by||Anthony Gonsalvez|
|Distributed by||Sri Surya Movies|
Bheemaa is a 2008 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by N. Linguswamy. It stars Vikram, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Raghuvaran, and Ashish Vidyarthi. The film score was by composer Harris Jayaraj, shot by cinematographer R. D. Rajasekhar, and edited by Anthony. The film was released on 15 January 2008, after two years of production delays, to mixed reviews. The release coincides with the Thai Pongal harvest festival in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Later it was dubbed in Hindi as Vachanbadh by Baba Arts Ltd in 2012. The film was remade in Bengali as Vikram.
The movie revolves around two powerful gangs in Chennai, one led by Chinna (Prakash Raj) and the other by Periyavar (Raghuvaran). Enmity prevails between both gangs, with frequent clashes happening as one gang tries to overpower the other. One day, when Periyavar's gang tries to kill Chinna, he is saved by Sekar (Vikram). Chinna meets Sekar on a few more occasions and is impressed by his courage. Chinna feels Sekar to be his resemblance as he too possesses similar characteristics. Sekar reveals that he follows Chinna right from his childhood and adores him as a role model. Sekar joins Chinna's gang, and with his help, Chinna overpowers Periyavar in the city. Sekar wins Chinna's trust, and both get close to each other. This brings up jealousy to one of Chinna's gang men (Shafi), and he hates Sekar. Sekar arranges Chinna's wedding with Padma (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy), knowing that both were in love for each other. Chinna decided not to express his love after becoming a don, but they still get married. Meanwhile, Sekar befriends Shalini (Trisha Krishnan), and love blossoms between them
A new police commissioner (Ashish Vidyarthi) is appointed to control violence in the city, and his first targets are Chinna and Periyavar. Sekar gives the necessary courage to Chinna and asks him not to fear the commissioner as he will always be there for protection. One day, Sekar and Shalu decide to get married. Shalu's parents will not agree for this wedding, so Shalu decides to elope with Sekar. Meanwhile, the police department secretly plans to encounter both Chinna's and Periyavar's gangs. Shalu requests Sekar to come with her and lead a peaceful life, and he agrees. Sekar informs this decision to Chinna, to which he agrees immediately. Chinna gives money to Sekar and blesses him to start a new life. Sekar and Shalu get married and move to a new apartment. However, Chinna misses Sekar very much and keeps worrying, unable to bear his departure. Saamy (Thalaivasal Vijay), an ally of Chinna, suggests calling Sekar so that Chinna might feel better. Chinna gets cold feet at first but later decides to call Sekar.
Chinna, Saamy and Shafi go to Sekar's apartment where Sekar stays with Shalu. Chinna feels bad calling Sekar back and sends Shafi to talk to him. Shafi, who already has a misunderstanding with Sekar, lies to him by saying that Chinna wanted him to join his gang again. Sekar does not believe this and refuses to go with Shafi. Suddenly, Shafi shoots and kills Shalu. Sekar kills Shafi and runs down to meet Chinna and Saamy. Sekar believes it was Chinna who had sent Shafi to bring him back. Suddenly, Chinna takes a gun and shoots Sekar, which shocks him. Sekar shoots Chinna dead, thinking Chinna has tried killing him. When Saamy tells Sekar to look back, he was shocked because he saw a policeman behind him being hit by the bullet fired from Chinna's gun. Sekar understands that Chinna has shot the policeman who tried to shoot Sekar. Sekar cries inconsolably, as he has killed Chinna. Also, Saamy is shot by someone. Police has surrounded them for encounter, and the commissioner instructs his team to catch Sekar. Sekar does not want to live, so the police shoot him. As the police leaves, Sekar remembers memorable moments with Chinna and then dies.
- Vikram as Sekar
- Trisha Krishnan as Shalini (Shalu)
- Prakash Raj as Chinna
- Raghuvaran as Periyavar
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Police Commissioner
- Lakshmi Gopalaswamy as Padma
- Shafi as Chinna's friend
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Saamy
- Sampath Raj as Periyavar's son
- Sanusha as Suchitra, Shalu's sister
- Srinath as Guru
- Sridhar Kumar as Chinna's friend
- Tanikella Bharani
- Bala Singh
- Kanal Kannan as Rogue (special appearance)
- Sherin in a special appearance in the song "Rangu Rangamma"
After Vikram had created an identity for himself by portraying performance oriented offbeat roles, he began alternating between commercial cinema and arthouse films. After playing heavy roles in Arul and Anniyan, Vikram wanted to make a light hearted comedy film. Upon seeing the Malayalam film Thommanum Makkalum starring Mammootty, Vikram approached the director of the film Shafi and expressed interest in remaking it in Tamil. The film was titled Majaa and the film shooting began. During the production of Majaa, Vikram met with actor Dileep who was then working on his film Chanthupottu. Chanthupottu had Dileep playing an effeminate character. When it was released, it was commercially successful and brought critical acclaim for Dileep's portrayal.
Vikram, who saw the movie, was impressed and wanted to remake it in Tamil. Vikram approached producer Mohan Natarajan to buy the remake rights of the film. The remake was tentatively titled Bheemaa. When his film Majaa hit the screens, it had only average success, and Vikram was skeptical about remaking Chanthupottu. The film was first postponed but later shelved. The producer of the film, A. M. Rathnam, approached director Lingusamy to come up with a new script.
After Ji, Lingusamy announced his next project, Bheemaa, in 2005. Vikram trained his body for three months with the help of former Mr. Tamil Nadu bodybuilding champion Rajendran for the part of Sekar so that he would look more like the physically strong character of Bheemaa. Vikram stated that he approached the film like an actor even though the film's script was written "for a star" and furthermore he said that it is one of the most powerful roles.
Katrina Kaif, and  Deepika Padukone were considered to play heroine but replaced by Trisha. Simran was considered for Second lead opposite to Prakash Raj. There were rumours that Mammootty would act in the film but reports proved untrue. Nana Patekar was replaced by Prakash Raj to play villain. Raghuvaran was selected to play an important role. Sherin was selected to perform item number.
A song was shot with 3000 junior artistes flown in from Mumbai. The duet song was shot at Madurai Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. The scenes were shot in Rameshwaram and Tuticorin. A song sequence with Vikram and Trisha was picturised for the last few days on a huge ship located in mid sea. A song was shot in Australia. Re-recording was completed in 30 days and the song "Oru Mugamo" was shot with 30 scenes.
Since the film was in production for such a long time, Vikram had no releases in 2006 and 2007. The filming was finally completed in 2007.
Vijaykanth has lodged a formal complaint at the Producers’ Council and the Nadigar Sangam against producer A. M. Rathnam for settlement of dues amounting to ₹85 lakh (US$120,000). According to Vijayakanth's sources, the producer had promised the actor to pay the amount after the release of the movie Dharmapuri in which he had acted. However, the producer moved on to his next project, Bheemaa, starring Vikram, without keeping his promise. Perturbed by this, the actor has sought action against the producer and has requested Rama Narayanan, president of the Producers’ Council, to intervene and stop the release of Bheemaa until his dues are settled.
A petition was filed by a travels company alleging that Sri Surya Movies, who had produced Bheemaa, had card dues for air tickets bought from them to go abroad and shoot Bheemaa. Hence, the petitioners sought a stay on the movie's release. When the petition came up for hearing at the Madras High Court on Friday, the judges declined to grant the stay and they rather insisted the production house to pay dues from their property security amount.
The soundtrack of the film was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The lyrics are penned by Na. Muthukumar, Pa.Vijay, Thamarai and Yugabharathi. it was well received by the audience. Bheemaa is the only film Harris scored for Linguswamy. The soundtrack received tremendous response, both critically and commercially. Behindwoods rated the soundtrack 4 out of 5 and mentioned, "Overall the music is good and Harris has once again proved his mettle with six numbers which are sure to be lapped up by all the music lovers in the coming months. "
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||9 January 2008|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
|1.||"Ragasiya Kanavugal"||Yugabharathi||Hariharan, Madhushree||06:05|
|2.||"Mudhal Mazhai"||Na. Muthukumar||Hariharan, Mahathi, R. Prasanna||05:48|
|3.||"Rangu Rangamma"||Pa. Vijay||Vijay Yesudas, Kailash Kher, Swarnalatha||06:11|
|4.||"Siru Paaravaiyaale"||Thamarai||Karthik, Harini||05:01|
|5.||"Oru Mugamo"||Pa. Vijay||Krish, Naresh Iyer||05:19|
|6.||"Enadhuyire"||Yugabharathi||Nikhil Mathew, Chinmayi, Sadhana Sargam, Sowmya Raoh||04:45|
|Soundtrack album by|
All lyrics are written by A. M. Rathnam.
|1.||"Rahasyapu Kalale"||Hariharan, Madhushree||5:58|
|2.||"Paruvapu Vaana"||Hariharan, Mahathi, R. Prasanna||5:42|
|3.||"Rangu Rangamma"||Vijay Yesudas, Kailash Kher, Swarnalatha||6:05|
|5.||"Oka Mukhamu"||Krish, Naresh Iyer||5:14|
|6.||"O Manasa"||Nikhil Mathew, Chinmayi, Sadhana Sargam, Sowmya Raoh||4:40|
The satellite rights of the film were sold to Kalaignar. The film was given an "A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. After three years of production, Bheemaa was finally released on 14 January 2008, on the evening of Pongal with premieres due to huge expectations, alongside other releases like Pazhani, Kaalai, Vaazhthugal, Pidichirukku and Pirivom Santhippom.
Nowrunning wrote: "Bheema is a mix of action, romance, thrill and sentiment, but fails to impress. The shoddy screenplay and jerky narration are more to blame than the lack of ingenuity on the part of the director, Bheema is a one-man show of Vikram". Sify wrote: "The film lacks a solid story with no twists, and instead it tests the patience of the viewers as it turns out to be a mix of fight followed by a song, and again breaking out into another well choreographed action scene that dissolves into yet another song in Switzerland and followed by more stunt scenes". Behindwoods wrote: "For pure lovers of action, Bheema might just be the Pongal movie they are looking for, but those expecting an action movie with a strong story will be disappointed". Rediff wrote: "A M Rathnam's flashy Tamil venture, produced with state-of-the-art techniques and freeze frames that promise to dazzle you. That promise, at least, they manage to deliver".
The film debuted in the number one position at the Chennai box office and grossed ₹58 lakh (US$84,000) in the first four days of release, eventually grossing ₹3 crore (US$430,000) there. In the overseas market, the film grossed US$637,779 in United Kingdom and Malaysia. The film was considered Hit and Business wise good collection in Pongal Weekend.
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