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Directed by Balaji Shakthivel
Produced by S. Shankar
Written by Balaji Shakthivel
Starring Tamannaah
Music by Joshua Sridhar
Cinematography Chezhiyan
Edited by G.Sasikumar
Distributed by S Pictures
Release dates
  • 7 December 2007 (2007-12-07)
Country India
Language Tamil

Kalloori (English: College) is a Tamil language film by director Balaji Shakthivel. The movie was produced by S. Shankar's banner S Pictures and the story was based on the college campus featuring Tamannaah and debutant, Akil. Audio was released under Shankar's own audio company S Musics; music was scored by Joshua Sridhar and lyrics were written by Na. Muthukumar. The film was dubbed in Telugu language as Kalasala. The film received positive reviews and became a commercial success.[1][2]


The film begins with group of students clearing weeds near a roadside tree. The scene flashes back a few years earlier in a bus with a lot of college students heading towards Government Arts College in a small town. A set — Muthuchelvan, Kayalvizhi, Adhilakshmi, Nagarani, Albert, Kaamatchinathan, Salima, Iyanar — are introduced as friends since high school. There is a small build up to the introduction of the hero (Muthu played by newcomer Akil), who is part and parcel of the circle. All are studying in the same class. They enter into the college for the first time.

In the classroom they see a new girl Shobhana (played by Tamannaah), who is strikingly different. She looks depressed and sad; she is aloof. The friends are puzzled by her in the beginning and later they learn she lost her mom recently in an accident. The group sympathizes for her and brings her into its fold. The girl soon becomes a member of their group and ditches her plans to pursue her course in Delhi. She simply does it to be with these friends during college.

Muthu who initially has a crush on Shobhana later abandons the feeling due to the respect of the friendship they have developed among their group. The movie goes on to narrate the college life with fun and colour. It shows the strength of the friendship and the backgrounds of the friends; most of them are from poor families. Muthu has an aim in his life. Being an athlete, he wants to excel in sports and get a good job through sports quota to give his poor family a new lease of life.

Shobhana, who is from a wealthy family background, feels sympathy for Muthu after she sees the conditions he and his family lives in and is really moved by his perseverance and helps him achieve his goal by encouraging him in every chance. In fact as true friend many do the same and so does Shobhana. She even advises him that there is more he has to and capable of achieving in life so he should take her encouragements as a way to improve his career and nothing else. But eventually her encouraging stance turns into some sort of special attachment with him. Slowly love develops in the minds of both but they chose to put it on the back seat for the sake of the larger friendship they share with the group. In fact the poor lovers don’t even share their feelings.

Eventually they take a school trip to Andhra. On the way, they stop at a hotel but there is only non-vegetarian food being served so Muthu volunteers to run to the nearest vegetarian restaurant a few km away to bring food for Shobhana who is a vegetarian. Once he leaves, the hotel they were initially eating at is urgently closed because some politician or another has died. The group board the bus urgently and try to go to a collector's office or police station to keep safe while two classmates wait for Muthu to come back. On the way however, the bus is stopped by the protestors and despite pleas to allow them to pass, the protestors light the bus on fire. In a frenzy, everyone tries to evacuate the bus and one of the girls in the friend's group who gets fits, has an attack. In a scramble to safely get off to bus, the rest of the group fail to realize that some students are still trapped. After the fire trucks finish putting out the fire, they bring out the burnt bodies of Kayil and Shobhana, who have embraced each other in their final moments together-Kayal having stayed back to help Shobhana who's chudi had gotten caught in the bus. Another friend, Adhilakshmi was also burnt in the fire.

The last scene flashes back to the beginning of the movie where a group of people are clearing the weeds. It has been six years since the incident and every year the group of friends come to pay respects to their lost friends. [3]


  • Tamannaah as Shobana
  • Akhil as Muthuchelvan
  • Hemalatha as Kayalvizhi
  • Rajeshwari as Adhilakshmi
  • Sailatha as Nagarani
  • Mayareddy as Salima
  • Bharani as Ramesh
  • Prakash as Albert
  • Thisaigal Arunkumar as Iyanar
  • Kamatchinathan as Kamatchinathan
  • Balamurugan
  • Arunkumar
  • Alex
  • Sivakumar as Lecturer
  • Usha Elizabeth as Lecturer



The satellite rights of the film were sold to Kalaignar.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Behind woods stated that the movie works but its lack of action and dance numbers might have an impact on its prospects at the box office.[6] Indiaglitz said out that the climax scene was credibly portrayed but didn't fit well into the script.[7]

After the film was released, Sakthivel changed the climax because of the negative reaction to a scene in the film which was reminiscent of a real life incident where girls were burned on a bus.[8]


Soundtrack album by Joshua Sridhar
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label S Music
Ayngaran Music

Behindwoods stated that Joshua Sridhar's style evoked the period of the film and said that Na. Muthukumar’s lyrics evoked a nostalgic feeling.[9]

Track Song Name Artists Duration
1 June July Matham Krish, Rita 5:55
2 Sariya Ithu Thavara Haricharan 5:22
3 Unnarugil Varugaiyil Haricharan, Harini Sudhakar 5:29
4 Kalloori Theme Music Haricharan 5:23
5 Vandanam Ayya Vandanam Thiyagu, Ramesh, Prakash 5:50


  1. ^ "South for Stardom". The Times of India. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "I want to make a mark in the South". Rediff Movies. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160328/fullcredits#cast
  5. ^ "Kalloori Movie on Kalaignar TV". The Times of India. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kalloori Movie Review". Behindwoods.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Kallori Tamil Movie Review". Indiaglitz.com. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Kalloori climax is Changed!". Oneindia. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  9. ^ "KALLOORI MUSIC REVIEW". Behindwoods.com. 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 

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