Pokkiri

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Pokkiri
Pokkiri poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPrabhu Deva
Written byV. Prabhakar (dialogues)
Screenplay byPrabhu Deva
Story byPuri Jagannadh
Based onPokiri (Telugu)
Produced byS.Sathyaramamoorthy
StarringVijay
Asin
Prakash Raj
CinematographyNirav Shah
Edited byKola Bhaskar
Music byMani Sharma
Production
company
Kanagarathna Movies
Distributed byAascar Films
Release date
12 January 2007
Running time
165 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Pokkiri (transl. Rogue) is a 2007 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. It is the Tamil remake of the 2006 Telugu-language film Pokiri. The film stars Vijay and Asin with Prakash Raj, Nassar, Mukesh Tiwari, Vadivelu, Sriman and Napoleon playing supporting roles. Mumaith Khan and Prabhu Deva make guest appearances. Nirav Shah handled cinematography while Kola Bhaskar was the film's editor. Filming took place in India and Australia.

Set in Chennai, the film revolves around a thug willing to do anything for the sake of money, including killing. His killer instincts help him win the attention of two rival gangs, out of which he joins one and helps its members finish off their rivals. On the other hand, he also attempts to save his girlfriend, who disapproves of his violent behavior, from a corrupt cop hellbent on marrying her against her will.

The film was released theatrically on 12 January 2007 and received praise for its action sequences, humor and songs.[1] It became a commercial success, running for more than 200 days at the box office.[2] The film also had a Blu-ray release in United Kingdom on 21 June 2009.[3] In 2019, the film also had a limited re-release on the occasion of Vijay's birthday.[4]

Plot[edit]

The city of Chennai is rife with the nefarious activities of land mafia. There are two rival gangs: one under Ali Bhai, who resides in Dubai and controls his India operations through his brothers Guru and Korattur Logu as well as his girlfriend Mona; and another operated by a local goon named Narasimhan. They threaten builders and landowners into giving them protection money or property through force, extortion, or murder. Mohammed Maideen Khan IPS takes charge as the new Police Commissioner of Chennai and starts cracking down on crime.

Tamizh, a thug, is abducted by Logu and his henchmen. Tamizh has taken a contract from Narasimhan to beat up Logu, which he does. However, Guru and Mona invite Tamizh to join their gang. Tamizh declines stating that he does not work for any gang, but is ready to do anything for money. Meanwhile, Tamizh falls in love with Shruthi, a aerobic teacher, when he visits his friend Saravanan's aerobics class, but she mistakes him for a pervert. Shruthi lives with her widowed mother Lakshmi and younger brother Pappu. Body Soda, a bogus kung fu master, lives above Shruthi's house and frequently, albeit comically and unsuccessfully, tries to convince her to marry him. Govindan is a corrupt police inspector in the colony where Tamizh and Shruthi live and is on Ali Bhai's payroll. He lusts for Shruthi and decides to make her his mistress, even after she rejects him multiple times.

Tamizh's first assignment with Ali Bhai's gang is to kill a member of Narasimhan's gang. However, police show up at the spot where Tamizh and the other gangsters are waiting. Tamizh engages the cops long enough for the others to finish the task and flee. He also helps Shruthi escape from Govindan. She is impressed by his kindness, and a friendship soon blossoms between the two, leading to the development of unspoken romantic feelings for each other. When Shruthi tries to express her feelings to Tamizh, they are attacked by members of Narasimhan's gang, whom Tamizh finishes off. Shruthi is shocked to learn that Tamizh is a gangster with no qualms about killing people. Later, Govindan arranges for some thugs to pretend to rape Shruthi so that no decent family will want to take her as their daughter-in-law, as a result of which with no other option, Shruthi and Lakshmi will accept his demands. Tamizh learns of this and thrashes Govindan incognito. After much ado and mental anguish, Shruthi accepts Tamizh's love.

Soon, Guru is found dead, presumably killed by Narasimhan in retaliation against the death of his gang members at the hands of Tamizh earlier, which forces Ali Bhai to come to Chennai from Dubai and kill Narasimhan. He also meets Tamizh to discuss the killing of a minister by blowing up a school. Tamizh disagrees with Ali Bhai's method as it would involve killing innocents including women and children. In the middle of their argument, the police raids the club and arrests Ali Bhai. His gang members retaliate by kidnapping Maidenn's daughter, drugging her, and creating a lewd video of her which they threaten to release to the media if Ali Bhai is not released, forcing the embattled commissioner to release Ali Bhai. However, in her drugged state, Maideen's daughter reveals that her father had placed an undercover officer as a mole in Ali Bhai's gang.

The gang members find out that an IPS police officer by the name of Satyamoorthy, the son of a retired police inspector Shanmugavel, has gone undercover to finish off the underworld mafia gangs and is now a part of their gang. Ali Bhai kills Saravanan, believing he is Satyamoorthy. However, it is revealed that Saravanan was actually Shanmugavel's adopted son. Ali Bhai then kills Shanmugavel to lure the real Satyamoorthy. When Satyamoorthy actually turns up, everyone, especially Shruthi and Govindan, are shocked to see that he is Tamizh. Satyamoorthy had gone undercover by posing himself as a criminal. It is further revealed that Satyamoorthy was the one who killed Guru and not Narasimhan. He killed Guru under the Commissioner's direction.

After Shanmugavel and Saravanan's funerals, Satyamoorthy forces Govindan to call Ali Bhai to find out his location, which is Binny Mills. He goes there and starts to eliminate Ali Bhai's gang members one by one, rescuing the commissioner's daughter in the process. In a final confrontation, Satyamoorthy kills Ali Bhai by slashing his throat with a broken glass window, following which he kills Govindan as well by shooting him.

Cast[edit]

  • Vijay as Satyamoorthy IPS, the undercover Assistant Superintendent of Police (Tamizh) . He is Shanmugavel's biological son and an undercover police officer.
  • Asin as Shruthi, Tamizh's love interest
  • Prakash Raj as Ali Bhai, the international mafia don
  • Mukesh Tiwari as Inspector L. Govindan
  • Vadivelu as Body Soda
  • Napoleon as Mohammed Maideen Khan IPS, Commissioner of Police in Chennai city
  • Nassar as Shanmugavel, Tamizh's biological father and Saravana's adopted father
  • Sriman as Saravana, Shanmugavel's adopted son and Tamizh's friend
  • Anandaraj as Narasimman
  • Vincent Asokan as Guru
  • Subbaraju as Korattur Logu
  • Master Bharath as Pappu
  • Sriranjini as Lakshmi
  • Ajay Rathnam as Assistant commissioner
  • Brinda Parekh as Mona, Ali Bhai's girlfriend
  • G. V. Sudhakar Naidu as Das
  • Dhamu as Juice Shop Owner
  • Vaiyapuri as Tamizh's friend
  • Karate Raja as Tamizh's friend
  • Rekha as Mrs. Mohammed Maideen Khan
  • Pandu as Elevator Operator
  • King Kong as Lorry Driver
  • Scissor Manohar as Colony Member
  • Besant Ravi as Ali Bhai's henchman
  • Soundhar as Veluchamy
  • Sampath Ram as Narasimman's henchman
  • Japan Kumar as Kannayiram
  • G. K. as Vishwanath
  • Bobby as Thamba
  • Mumaith Khan (special appearance in the song "En Chella Peru Apple")
  • Sridhar (special appearance in the song "En Chella Peru Apple")
  • Ashok Raja (special appearance in the song "Aadungada Yennai Suththi")
  • Prabhu Deva (special appearance in the song "Aadungada Yennai Suththi")[5]

Production[edit]

After his film Aathi in January 2006, for nearly six months Vijay was listening to stories, but none had appealed; he was supposed to do a Tamil Remake of Dharani's Bangaram, until that film's failure made him look at other options.[6] That's when he got to watch the Telugu Pokiri – he felt that it would work.[7] After difficulty in finding directors, Prabhudeva was selected as director, directing his first film in Tamil after the failure of his Telugu film Pournami.[8][9] The movie was launched on 6 July 2006.[10] Vijay's father SAC conducted special puja at the Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai. On Saturday night, which was the full moon day, an auspicious occasion for the presiding deity there, he spent a full hour before the Lord seeking his blessings. He also prayed at the Sacred Church at Velankanni.[11] Asin was selected, pairing with Vijay for the second time after Sivakasi.[12]

The first day of shoot for the film was held at the new Pillayar Kovil at AVM studios, with various dignitaries gracing the occasion. Vijay's mother Shobha Chandrasekhar gave the clap for the first shot. The first scene shot was with Asin and Vijay, the lead pair in the film, in an elevator that was specially designed for the film. Principal photography was completed in late November. [13]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack has 8 songs composed by Mani Sharma. Two of the songs from the original Telugu version were retained and remade in Tamil. The soundtrack also features a remix of the song "Vasantha Mullai" from Sarangadhara (1958).[14][15]

Pokkiri
Soundtrack album by
Released
15 December 2006 (India)
Recorded2006
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length34:27
LabelFive Star Audio
ProducerMani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Ashok
(2006)
Pokkiri
(2006)
Yogi
(2007)
Song Artist(s) Length Lyrics
"Dole Dole Than" Ranjith, Suchitra 4:43 Pa. Vijay
"Aadungada Yennai Suththi" Naveen 4:29 Kabilan
"Nee Mutham Ondru" Ranjith, Swetha Mohan 4:52 Pa. Vijay
"Mambazhamam Mambazham" Shankar Mahadevan, Ganga 4:41 Snehan
"En Chella Peru Apple" A. V. Ramanan, Suchitra 4:35 Pa. Vijay
"Vasantha Mullai" Rahul Nambiar, Krishnamoorthy 4:19 Na. Muthukumar
"Nee Mutham Ondru" (Remix) Ranjith, Shweta Mohan 4:12 Pa. Vijay
"Pokkiri Theme" Mani Sharma 2:36

Release[edit]

The film was released on 12 January 2007 at the festival of Pongal weekend, alongside Ajith's Aalwar and Vishal's Thaamirabharani.[16] The USA's premiere happened on 11 January 2007, a day before its worldwide release. The film grossed 6.1 crore in Tamil Nadu in opening week from 142 screens.[17][18]

Critical reception[edit]

M Suganth of The Times of India gave the film a rating of 3/5, saying "constant stream of laughs in the second half make up for a first half full of yawns".[19] Sify said that the film was "enjoyable while it lasts".[20] Indiaglitz stated that Vijay stole the show with his "typical 'Vijayisms' (action, humor and punch dialogues)" and that the show was "action-packed entertainer".[21] Behindwoods review felt that Vadivelu and Prakash Raj's performances were lackluster, and stated that Raj " might do well to sit back and analyze the roles that he accepts," but concluded that the movie overall "packs a punch."[22] Rediff.com gave the movie two stars, stating "there's nothing more tedious than a badly made remake."[23] Nowrunning.com stated that "Pokkiri is attractively packaged and presented".[24] Oneindia.in stated that "Pokkiri is a full length action movie of Vijay."[25]

Box office[edit]

The film was commercial success and ran over 200 days in Tamil Nadu,.[26] The film completed a 50-day run in 146 centres and a 100-day run in 60 centres. The film completed a 175-day run in 15 centres, and a 275-day run at one theatre.100 days in one centre at Kerala.[27] The film was the highest grossing Tamil film at that time in Kerala box office, beating the previous record of Anniyan film.[28]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result Ref
Vijay Awards Favourite Film Singanamala Ramesh Won
Favourite Director Prabhu Deva Won
Entertainer of the Year Vijay Won
Favourite Hero Vijay Nominated
Favourite Heroine Asin Nominated
Best Actress Asin Nominated
Best Villain Prakash Raj Nominated
Best Choreographer Dinesh
("Vasantha Mullai")
Won
Best Stunt Director Fefsi Vijaan Nominated
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Vijay Nominated
Best Actress Asin Nominated
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Comedian - Male Vadivelu Won

Remakes[edit]

The original Telugu film Pokiri, directed by Puri Jagannadh, was remade in several other languages and still found success in the respective regional cinemas. Pokkiri is the first remake. The second one was Wanted, the Hindi version in 2009. Both Pokkiri and Wanted were directed by Prabhu Deva. Prakash Raj reprises his role as the villain in both the remakes.[29][30] After that, a Kannada version, Porki, directed by M. D. Sridhar, was released on 14 January 2010.[31]

Despite the Hindi remake, the original Telugu film Pokiri, its Tamil remake Pokkiri and Kannada remake Porki were dubbed in Hindi as Tapori Wanted, Wanted Baghi (2013) and Main Hoon Wanted (2012) respectively.[citation needed]

Legacy[edit]

A dialogue spoken by Vadivelu in the film, "Vada Poche" became very popular.[32] The dialogue inspired a comedy show in Sun Music with same name. The dialogue also inspired a song sung by Velmurugan and Powerstar Srinivasan in Arya Surya (2013).[33] Vijay's dialogue "Oru Vaati Mudivu Panta, Yen Pecha Naane Kekka Maaten" (transl. Once I have made a decision, I won't listen to my own voice) became popular.[34] Vadivelu's dialogue "Plan Panni Pannanum" (transl. Make a plan and execute it) inspired a film of the same name.[35] The scenes from the film were parodied in Thamizh Padam as hero being an undercover cop.[36]

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