Narasimha (2001 film)

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Narasimha tamil image.jpg
Directed byThirupathisamy
Produced byL. K. Sudhish
Vijayakanth (Uncredited)
Screenplay byThirupathisamy
Story byG. V. Kumar
Isha Koppikar
Music byMani Sharma
Edited byB.S.Vasu
Captain Cine Creations
Distributed byCaptain Cine Creations
Release date
13 July 2001

Narasimha is a 2001 Tamil action film directed by Thirupathisamy, which features Vijayakanth in the lead role. The film features an ensemble supporting cast including Isha Koppikar, Raghuvaran, Nassar and Sharat Saxena, while the soundtrack for the film was composed by Mani Sharma. The film released in July 2001 to average reviews.[1][2] It was later dubbed in Telugu as Salute and Hindi as Agni Jwala[3][4]


The film has Narasimha (Vijayakanth) playing a hard-edged, unforgiving, ruthless character. The first half of the movie shows him challenging the might of a vague military intelligence, patterned presumably on the Research and Analysis Wing and headed by Raana (Raghuvaran).

Time and again, he intimates upcoming acts -- the bombing of the CBI headquarters, followed by three killings of prominent personalities -- and carries them off bang on schedule, despite the best efforts of all concerned to prevent him.

And then, on the stroke of the interval bell, it turns out that he is a good guy after all -- some kind of supersleuth with a mission.

Rasool Akthar (Rahul Dev) -- Narasimha The crux of the story is that there is this Pakistani terrorist outfit, operating in -- where else? -- Kashmir, that has dreamt up a new twist. Namely, to kidnap the chiefs of the army, navy and air force, and publicly execute them on Independence Day.

Narasimha's mission is to rescue the chiefs and foil the terrorists.



The film was initially supposed to be directed by N. Maharajan of Vallarasu fame but due to a lack of dates, Vijayakanth had to opt for another director with Thirupathisamy, being selected.[5] Due to the success of his previous two films and his work in Narasimha, the director was signed up to direct a new film titled as Velan with Vijay and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles.[6] However the director died before the release of the film after being a part of a car crash while returning home from an editing session — the producers of Narasimha later dedicated the film to him.[7] The film marked the debut of cinematographer Boopathy, who has since been a regular in Vijayakanth films.[8]


The Soundtrack of the film was composed by Mani Sharma. Lyricist Pa. Vijay wrote his 100th song for the film.[9]

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 Egipthu Raani Shankar Mahadevan, Harini P. Vijay
2 Innoru Desiya Geetham Shankar Mahadevan Kabilan
3 Kadhal Aararo Saisivan, Mahalakshmi Iyer Yugabharathi
4 Lala Nandalala Kalpana Raghavendar, Prathap Chandran Kabilan
5 Mandela Mandela Harini, Kalpana Raghavendar Vaali


The Hindu wrote that the film "has beautiful songs and dance, a touch of comedy, attractive costumes and above all a message which says that the country matters more than anything else". In regard to performances, the critic claims that Isha is "beautiful", Rahul Dev "impresses" and that Vijayakanth "has used his histrionic ability to do justice to the character".[10] However the critic from Rediff called the film a "commercial confection" and concluded that the director "doesn't manage to put all the ingredients together in the right proportion."[11] The film also dubbed and released in Telugu as Salute.[12] The Indian Express concluded "the film, despite its dramatics and slick presentation, lacks a clear, solid screenplay, and among the numerous characters, not one is clearly etched."[13]

In 2006, producer L. K. Sudhish his brother-in-law, were engaged in a legal battle to compensate distributors due to the film's losses.[14][15]


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  5. ^ TAMIL CINEMA 2000 Archived 2016-03-19 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Gokul's Tamil Cinema News
  7. ^ Cinema
  8. ^ Kumar, S.R. Ashok (6 February 2011). "my first break". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  9. ^ TFM Old News Items
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^, Movies: The Rediff Review: Narasimha
  12. ^ Salute (Vijaykanth) review: Salute (Vijaykanth) (Telugu) Movie Review -
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Tamil movies : Lawsuit against Vijayakanth to compensate Narasimha loss
  15. ^ Notice to Vijayakanth - Tamil Movie News