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Kalavani movie poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by A. Sarkunam
Produced by Nazir
Written by A. Sarkunam
Music by S. S. Kumaran
Cinematography Om Prakash
Edited by Raja Mohammad
Sherali Films
Distributed by Ayngaran International
Release date
  • 25 June 2010 (2010-06-25)
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 1.5 crore (equivalent to 2.4 crore or US$360,000 in 2017)[1]
Box office 5 crore (equivalent to 8.0 crore or US$1.2 million in 2017)[2]

Kalavani (Thief) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film written and directed by newcomer A. Sarkunam. It stars Vimal and debutante Oviya in the lead with Saranya Ponvannan, Ganja Karuppu and Ilavarasu in supporting roles. The film was made on a shoe-string budget, and released on 25 June 2010.[3][4] and became a sleeper hit of 2010.[2][5]


Two villages in Thanjavur area are always at loggerheads with each other and it spills even to T20 cricket match between kids from both the villages. Arikki @ Arivazhagan (Vimal) is a wayward son of Lakshmi (Saranya Ponvannan) who is in awe at the same time fears him. Her husband Ramasamy (Ilavarasu) is away in Dubai and a large part of the money he sends home is taken away by Arikki using extortionist methods like threatening to break the TV set at home. He yet to pass his 12th standard spends his time in bars with his friends, teases girls and asks them to profess their love for him, and gets into brawls after conning others. He meets Maheshwari (Oviya) and wants her to declare her love for him, which she finally confesses. He abducts her and they eventually marry. Her brother Ilango (Thirumurugan) is a tough guy who has an axe to grind against Arikki and his gang, which leads to the twist in the climax. Ilango fuming with rage is out to slice him into pieces. But does he do that? And if he didn't, how did Arikki manage to avert that? All this is answered in an interesting climax that is pleasantly humorous.



The film score and soundtrack for Kalavani was composed by S.S.Kumaran. The album consists of 7 tracks, featuring lyrics penned by Na. Muthukumar.

Song Title Singers Lyricist
"Oru Murai Iru Murai" Harish Raghavendra, Srimathumitha Na. Muthukumar
"Pada Pada Padavena" Yash Golcha Na. Muthukumar
"Peancha Mazhai" A. Devendran Na. Muthukumar
"Sinthaiyiley" Prasanna Na. Muthukumar
"Dubaikku" Ranjith, Uma Na. Muthukumar
"Ooradangum Samathiley" Senthilvelan Na. Muthukumar
"Edakku Madakku" S.S.Kumaran Na. Muthukumar


Critical reception[edit]

Kalavani generally opened to positive reviews. Bhamadevi Ravi from The Times of India gave 4/5 and calling it "a complete entertainer."[6] Sify rated the movie 4 out of 5 and stated that "Kalavani is a knockout entertainer set in a rural milieu."[7] A critic from Top10Cinema wrote that "Kalavani is a blatant revision of Bharathiraja's yesteryear films based on villager's conflicts and guy-gal falling in love."[8] Gautaman Bhaskaran of Hindustan Times gave it 3/5 and wrote that "Kalavani is a canvas of delightful rural romance."[9]


Following the film's success, director Gautham Menon's Photon Kathaas has acquired the film's rights to remake it other languages.[10] It was remade in Kannada as Kirataka with Oviya being retained as the female lead.


Seven years after the film's release, the Chennai branch of the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) was recently served a notice by the High Court after a minor pregnant girl told the court that she obtained inspiration from the film Kalavani. The girl's parents claimed that the censor board had acted negligently in giving the film a "U" certificate.[11]


A sequel, Kalavani 2, was announced in 2016.[12]


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