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Dhill VCD Cover.jpg
VCD Cover
Directed by Dharani
Produced by A. Poornachandra Rao
T. Ajaykumar
Written by Bharathan
Screenplay by Dharani
Story by Dharani
Starring Vikram
Ashish Vidyarthi
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography Gopinath
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Lakshmi Productions
Release dates
13 July 2001
Running time
158 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 130 million (US$2.0 million)[1]

Dhill (English: Guts/Courage) is a 2001 Tamil 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 released in July 2001. It was later remade in Hindi as Dum .The film is critical and commercial success.


Dhil 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, Asha (Laila). One night after having dinner at a restaurant near the beach Velu goes to pay the bill leaving Asha behind. At that moment a corrupt police officer Shankar (Ashish Vidyarti) drinks and behaves indecently to Asha. He then attempts to assault her but is beaten up by Velu severely and receives a scar on his face. Angered by this he seeks revenge against Velu. The rest of the story shows how Velu fights Shankar and his goons finally killing the corrupt policeman.



Vikram, after the success of the critically acclaimed Sethu, chose to sign on to appear in an action film directed by his Loyola College batchmate (classmate) Dharani. The director had previously worked under the name of Ramani and had made the Mammootty starrer Ethirum Pudhirum in 1999.[2] To appear trim in the role of the aspiring police officer, Vikram went on a strict diet eating only fruits and drinking juice.[3] 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.[4]

Vikram often helped out during the shooting of the film by helping suggest changes to scenes.[5] 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.[6]


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".[7] 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".[8] 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.[9]

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 Unnikrishnan, Best Female Playback Singer for Sujatha and the Best Make-up Artist award for Nageswar Rao. Furthermore, dubbing artistes Sai Ravi and Srija picked up the Best Male Dubbing Artist and Best Female Dubbing Artist respectively for their work in the film.[10]


Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released 2001
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Five Star Audio
Vega Music

The lyrics were penned by Arivumathi, Pa. Vijay & Kabilan.[11][12][13]

Song Title Singers Lyricist
Dhill Dhill Timmy, Sriram Parthasarathy Pa. Vijay
Kannukulle Manicka Vinayagam Arivumathi
Machan Meesai Pushpa Anand Pa. Vijay
Oh Nanbane Karthik, K. S. Chitra, Tippu, Anand
Un Samayal Arayil Unni Krishnan, Sujatha Mohan Kabilan


  1. ^ Krishna Gopalan (29 July 2007). "The boss, no doubt". Business Today. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/2002/apr/29ss.htm
  3. ^ Selva, T (10 January 2005). "Vikram’s star rises". The Star. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  4. ^ "V for Vikram". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 1 April 2006. 
  5. ^ "Blast from the past". The Times Of India. 27 October 2010. 
  6. ^ http://cinematoday2.itgo.com/'DIL'%20-%20(Vikram%20-%20Laila).htm
  7. ^ Kumar, Ashok (27 July 2001). "Film Review: Dhil". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  8. ^ http://www.cscsarchive.org:8081/MediaArchive/art.nsf/(docid)/C7C0176562FC0DAEE5256B170039A5C7
  9. ^ Kumar, Ashok (9 August 2002). "Raising expectations". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  10. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/10733.html
  11. ^ "Dhill Track List". starmusiq.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dhill Song Lyricists". paadal.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dhill Song Lyricists". raaga.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 

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