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Kaalai Simbu poster.jpg
Directed by Tharun Gopi
Produced by S. S. Chakravarthy
Written by Tharun Gopi
Screenplay by Tharun Gopi
Story by Tharun Gopi
Starring Silambarasan
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by Anthony Gonsalves
Nic Arts / S. S. Chakravarthy
Distributed by Nic Arts / S. S. Chakravarthy
Release date
  • 14 January 2008 (2008-01-14)
Running time
126 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kaalai (Tamil: காளை; English: Bull) is a 2008 Tamil action film directed by Tharun Gopi. The film stars Silambarasan with Vedhika, Lal, Sangeetha and Seema in supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar. Early reports claimed the title were set to be Chennaiyil Irundhu Madhurai, Mosamanavan and Agaradhi. The film opened to negative reviews and became a flop.[1][2] It has been dubbed in Hindi as Jwalamukhi (Man With Fire.)


Simbhu shares his name with two other people - one villain and one cop-turned-baddie and the situations arising out of it promise enough curiosity for a while as soon as the movie opens.

Simbhu’s grandmother – slays five men, mind you when she was only nine, since they flouted her father’s advices and distilled alcohol illegally in the village also involving in other shady activities. The villagers, for her noble act, consider her their head after her return from the prison and are peaceful under her reign. However, trouble crops up in the name of a police officer – Lal – whose ego is hurt when challenged by the fellow policeman’s son that he can’t find anything illicit in Simbhu’s village, ruled by the godmother Seema.

Lal tries - but to no avail - to nail somebody from the village for any charges and ends being thrashed up the villagers. Predictably, he returns with a vengeance and in the dirty war, burns Seema alive. Enough reason for Simbhu to seek retribution for his loss. Simbhu returns to Chennai, uses the tried and tested formula to woo Lal’s daughter Vedhika, and after a couple of duets abducts her as a hostage on revenge of his grandmother




Vedhika was selected as heroine. While Sangeetha and yesteryear actress Seema was selected to play supporting roles. Nila was selected to appear in item song. Prakashraj was originally selected as villain but he was replaced by Malayalam actor Lal.[3]


The main and most of the film was shot in nearby villages of Theni Town. Australia was originally selected as a location for song shooting due to Visa problems, it was shifted to Malaysia.[4] Heroine was not finalized as a result of which an entire schedule of the film was shot without the lady lead of the movie. A fast beat song sequence of this movie was shot at the VGP Golden Beach in Chennai with Simbu and Vedhika.[5] Kaala team left for Pondy for shooting on 2 April amidst much fanfare. With just eight days of filming the stunt sequences alone, the entire unit is back in town.According to the team, the only actors booked for the movie is the lead pair, Simbu and Vedika. Insiders reveal that even Vedika was booked just one day before the team left for Pondy and none of the scenes shot so far has her presence.[3] Simbhu did some editing work with Anthony, impressed by his work anthony said to have presented rs. 25,000 to him.[6]


Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sony BMG
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Velli Thirai
Ullasamga Utsahamga

The soundtrack consists of six songs composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar. Actress Mamta Mohandas has sung a song.[7] Soundtrack had a soft launch.[8]

Song title Singers Length
"Kaala Kaala" Benny Dayal, Mamta Mohandas 05.00
"Vandhuttaanda Kaalai" Benny Dayal, Rahul Nambiar, Silambarasan Rajendar 03:36
"Kutti Pisase" Silambarasan Rajendar, Suchitra 05:36
"Guththa Lakkadi" Lucky Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan 06:03
"Veeramulla" Manicka Vinayagam, Sriram, Tharun Gopi 05:12
"Eppo Nee" Madhushree 05:00


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film was given an "A" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.[9] The film was released in Pongal alongside Bheema, Pidichirukku, Pirivom Santhippom and Pazhani.

Critical reception[edit]

Indiaglitz wrote:"the narrative is too loud and it lacks finesse. Silambarasan handles the 'omnipotent hero' character with confidence. Vedhika announces her arrival as the potential glam girl of 2008. This one with a beautiful and innocent face has just the right figure to take up glamour roles.".[10] Nowrunning wrote:"Silambarasan's more than life image is unrealistic if not out of place. Vedhicka exudes glamour and performs well in duet songs".[11] Sify wrote:"When Silambarasan and director Tarun Gopi came together in Kaalai we expected a racy masala entertainer. Sadly it is a watered down version of earlier films and ends up as an over-the-top ham enterprise, Kaalai is like bull in china shop and makes you groan".[12]


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