Lakshmi (2018 film)
|Directed by||A. L. Vijay|
|Produced by||Prateek Chakravorty|
|Written by||A. L. Vijay|
Sathya (Telugu Dialogues)
|Screenplay by||A. L. Vijay|
|Story by||A. L. Vijay|
Salman Yusuff Khan
|Music by||Sam C. S.|
Lakshmi is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language musical dance film written and directed by A. L. Vijay. The film stars Ditya Bhande as the titular character along with Prabhu Deva and Aishwarya Rajesh in the lead roles alongside a supporting cast including Salman Yusuff Khan and Karunakaran. Produced by Prateek Chakravorty, Shruti Nallappa and R. Ravindran under the banner of Pramod Films and Trident Arts, the film features music composed by Sam C. S. and cinematography by Nirav Shah. The film released on 24 August 2018 on the eve of Varalakshmi Vratam and based on the theme of goddess Lakshmi.
10-year-old Lakshmi lives and breathes "dance" and dreams of winning the "Pride of Life India Jr." title in the national level dance competition. However, her single mother Nandini detests music and dance. Soon, Lakshmi forms an unlikely bond with the people in a cafe near her school. Though Lakshmi approaches it for the music played in the store, she soon becomes a regular. Vijay Krishna alias VK welcomes her when he becomes impressed by her moves, followed reluctantly by waiter Azhagu. Lakshmi gains VK's sympathy, and he accepts her request for him to help her achieve her dreams with VK posing as her father. Lakshmi arranges to join the Chennai Dance Academy to be able to participate in the competition without Nandini’s knowledge. Lakshmi enthralls everyone at the academy with her moves and manages to impress dancers Arjun and Arnold into developing small crushes on her.
On the day of selections, Lakshmi has cold feet and fails to perform due to stage fright, leading to her team's disqualification. In anger, her dance master Sofia (Arjun's mother) asks her to leave and never return. When VK learns of this, he comes to the selection arena and requests to give Lakshmi another chance. It is revealed that VK was a dancer who had participated in Pride of India in 2005 but could not make up to the finals due to an accident, which led him to a coma. The selections chief, Yusuf Khan, on seeing VK, accepts and makes him an offer that Lakshmi and her team could come on board the competition if he agrees to be the coach for the team with Sofia. Yusuf was often irritated with VK's popularity back in the Pride of India 2005, and his jealousy upon him may have been why he came up with this suggestion, as it gives him a chance to beat VK this time with his own dance team. Krishna agrees to be the coach and is able to help the team. In one of the rounds, the kids in Yusuf's team scatter the stage with pins before VK's team performs. Lakshmi and Arjun star together in the romantic dance but struggle greatly with the rest of their team, due to the pain from the sharp pins. They all manage to complete the dance but have blood stains all over by the end of it. VK and Sophia seem to be the only ones who notice. They manage to make it to the final round, though in immense pain from the pins.
Nandini gets to know about Lakshmi's whereabouts and attempts to leave with her the day before the finals. It is revealed that VK and Nandini were in a relationship but were separated by circumstances and misunderstandings, which was where her dislike for dance may have manifested. When Lakshmi refuses to go with Nandini and goes back to VK, Lakshmi gets hit by a car. She is saved from further injuries by VK. However, Lakshmi is rushed to the hospital, where Nandhini and VK learn that she lost her hearing ability. She is not allowed to perform but asks VK why she cannot as it was her hearing she lost and not her legs. She surprises everybody by still arriving on the stage fully in costume, ready to dance. The audience is shocked at how she is able to dance without hearing the music. VK is seen standing in the middle, among the audience, mimicking the dance for her. When VK is held back and unable to mimic the dance movements for Lakshmi, he is surprised to see Lakshmi still dancing. He then notices Yusuf counting the beats for her so she can still dance in time without hearing the music and the kids in his team assisting the kids in VK's team in holding back the men trying to stop VK from assisting Lakshmi in her dance. In the end, Lakshmi wins the "Pride of Life India Jr." title.
- Prabhu Deva as Vijay Krishna "VK", a dance instructor who helps Lakshmi win the "Pride of Life India Jr." title and Lakshmi's father
- Ditya Bhande as Lakshmi, a 10-year-old dancer who wants to win the "Pride of Life India Jr." title
- Aishwarya Rajesh as Nandini, Lakshmi's single mother who detests music and dance
- Salman Yusuff Khan as Yusuf Khan, the selections chief who had an enmity with VK but supported him in the end
- Karunakaran as Azhagu, Krishna's cafe worker
- Kovai Sarala as A. Saraswathi, Lakshmi's school principal
- Chaams as Bus Conductor
- Akshat Singh as Arnold
- Sofia as Sofia, Lakshmi's dance master who scolds Lakshmi after she fails to perform the dance
- Jeet Das as Arjun, Sofia’s son whom Lakshmi manages to impress with her dancing
- Dr S.R. Sam Paul as Channel 99 Head
In September 2017, A. L. Vijay and Prabhu Deva began production work on a new film. Denying reports that it would be a sequel to Devi (2016), the film was launched in a ceremony on 22 September 2017 with Aishwarya Rajesh also revealed to be a part of the cast. Nirav Shah was signed as the cinematographer, while Sam C. S. and Anthony were signed as the music composer and editor respectively. The film was revealed to be a joint production by R. Ravindran of Trident Arts and Shruti Nallappa from Pramod Films, who had earlier secured Vijay's dates for the dropped proposed remake of the Malayalam film Charlie with Madhavan and Sai Pallavi. Described as a dance film for children, Prabhu Deva worked alongside child dancer Ditya Bhande, winner of the Hindi reality dance show Super Dancer, in the lead role. Other young dancers including Akshat Singh and Jeet Das, also worked on the film.
The shoot of the film was completed on 6 February 2018, with the producers gifting Prabhu Deva a large painting of himself.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Sam CS chronology|
The soundtrack of the movie is composed by Sam CS of Vikram Vedha fame and all lyrics were written by Madhan Karky. The album consists of seven tracks, six of which are songs and one is a theme song. The music rights of the soundtrack album were acquired by the music label Muzik247.
|1.||Morrakka Mattraakka||Uthara Unnikrishnan||03:05|
|2.||Aala Aala||G.V.Prakash Kumar, Saindhavi||03:12|
|3.||Pappara Pappaa||Praniti, Riyaz, Sri Vishnu, Pranav||02:46|
|6.||Iraiva Iraiva||Sam CS||04:19|
|7.||The Rhythm Of Dance||Jecin George||04:02|
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