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Dhill poster.jpg
Directed byDharani
Written byBharathan
Screenplay byDharani
Story byDharani
Produced byT.Ajaykumar
Ashish Vidyarthi
Narrated byP. Ravi Shankar (climax)
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byVidyasagar
Distributed byLakshmi Productions
Release date
  • 13 July 2001 (2001-07-13)
Running time
158 minutes
Box office13 crore (US$1.8 million)[1]

Dhill (transl. Grit) is a 2001 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by Dharani. The film stars Vikram and Laila in the lead roles, while Ashish Vidyarthi, Nassar and Vivek play supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Vidyasagar, while Gopinath handled the camera work.

The film was released on 20 July 2001, and achieved critical and commercial success at the box office. The film was remade in Telugu as Sreeram (2002), Hindi as Dum (2003), Kannada as Sye (2005) and in Bengali Bangladesh as Arman (2002). Dhill was the first film to credit Vikram with the title Chiyaan.


Dhill is the story about Kanagavel (Vikram), whose only dream is to become a police officer. He succeeds in passing the exams and wins a girlfriend named Asha (Laila). One night after having dinner at a restaurant near the beach, Kanagavel goes to pay the bill, leaving Asha behind. At that moment a corrupt police officer named Inspector 'Encounter' Shankar (Ashish Vidyarthi) drinks and behaves indecently to Asha. He then attempts to assault her but is severely beaten up by Kanagavel, and he receives a scar on his face. Shankar, angered by this, seeks revenge against Kanagavel. In the end, Kanagavel kills Shankar and his goons.



Vikram, after the success of the critically acclaimed Sethu, chose to sign on to appear in an action film directed by his Loyola College classmate Dharani. The director had previously worked under the name of Ramani and had made the Mammootty starrer Ethirum Pudhirum in 1999.[2] The film was initially titled as Kanagavel after the lead character, before being renamed to Dhill.[3] To appear trim in the role of the aspiring police officer, Vikram went on a strict diet eating only fruits and drinking juice.[4] He revealed that for the film when bulking, he was on 25 egg whites and one whole cooked chicken a day and also employed a body builder to train him.[5]

Vikram often helped out during the shooting of the film by helping suggest changes to scenes.[6] The film also marked the Tamil debut of Hindi actor Ashish Vidyarthi, who has since gone on to appear in several other prominent films. The actor had to wear prosthetic make-up for the film, noting that it took over one hour to put on.[7]


The Music Was Composed By Vidyasagar.

Soundtrack album by
LabelHit Musics
Sa Re Ga Ma
Vidyasagar chronology
Randam Bhavam
Alli Thandha Vaanam
Track list
1."Dhill Dhill"Pa. VijayTimmy, Sriram Parthasarathy, Ranjith4:08
2."Kannukulle"ArivumathiManikka Vinayagam4:45
3."Machan Meesai"Pa. VijayPushpa Anand4:51
4."Oh Nanbane"ArivumathiKarthik, Tippu, K.S.Chithra5:25
5."Un Samayal Arayil"KabilanP. Unnikrishnan, Sujatha Mohan4:52
Total length:24:01


The Hindu stated that "Vikram has the ability and potential" and that "Vikram has once again proved that his success in Sethu was not a fluke".[8] Ayappa Prasad from Screen Magazine wrote that " Dhill stands out for its convincing storyline and a good performance by Vikram who has strained a lot to be a good action hero who can also emote".[9] Dhill became Vikram's first success in the masala film genre and led the way for more such films in the same genre for him.[10]

Dhill won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for 2001 with Vidyasagar winning the Best Music Director award for his work in Dhill alongside Thavasi and Poovellam Un Vasam. The film also won the Best Male Playback Singer for P. Unnikrishnan, Best Female Playback Singer for Sujatha and the Best Make-up Artist award for Nageswar Rao. Furthermore, dubbing artistes Sai Ravi and Sreeja picked up the Best Male Dubbing Artist and Best Female Dubbing Artist respectively for their work in the film.[11]

The success of Dhill prompted Vikram and Dharani to come together in 2002 for a project titled Dhool, which also went on to do become a large commercial success.[12] Furthermore, to capitulate on the hit pair of Vikram and Laila, a 1997 Malayalam film they had starred in together, Ithu Oru Snehagadha was dubbed and released in Tamil as Thrill.[13]


Year Title Language Main Cast
2002 Sreeram Telugu Uday Kiran, Anita Hassanandani
Arman Bengali Bangladesh Manna, Purnima
2003 Dum Hindi Vivek Oberoi, Diya Mirza
2005 Sye Kannada Sudeep, Kanika


In 2004, Dhill was also dubbed and released in Telugu despite an original version in Sreeram already in existence, but still performed well at the box office.[14] In spite of a Hindi remake, the original was dubbed in Hindi named Meri Aan: Men At Work to capitalize on Vikram's popularity gained from Raavan (2010).


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  6. ^ "Blast from the past". The Times of India. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012.
  7. ^ http://cinematoday2.itgo.com/'DIL'%20-%20(Vikram%20-%20Laila).htm
  8. ^ Kumar, Ashok (27 July 2001). "Film Review: Dhil". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 30 July 2003. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
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  13. ^ "A shot in the arm". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 17 May 2002. Archived from the original on 4 July 2003.
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