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Pugazh poster.jpg
Directed byManimaran
Produced byVarun Manian
Sushant Prasad
Written byManimaran
RJ Balaji
G. Marimuthu
Music byVivek-Mervin
Edited byG. B. Venkatesh
Radiance Media
Film Department
Distributed byAyngaran International Media
Kalasangham Films
Release date
18 March 2016

Pugazh (Fame) is a 2016 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by Manimaran and co-produced by Varun Manian. The film features Jai and Surbhi in the leading roles, while Karunas, RJ Balaji, G. Marimuthu, and Piraisoodan play supporting roles. Vivek-Mervin composed the film's music.[1] The film was released on 18 March 2016 and received mixed reviews from critics.


  • Jai as Pugazhendhi (a) Pugazh
  • Surbhi as Bhuvana
  • Karunas as Pugazh's brother
  • RJ Balaji as Balaji
  • G. Marimuthu as Dass
  • Piraisoodan as Selvanayagam
  • Vikram as Venkat
  • Supergood Subramani as Venkat's father
  • Kannan as Bhuvana's brother
  • Vijayamuthu as Muthu
  • Kamal Hassan
  • Ravisankar
  • Valliappan
  • Rajani
  • Velraj in a cameo appearance


The film was first reported in November 2013, when it was revealed that Manimaran had cast Jai and Priya Anand to star in his second directorial venture. Anirudh Ravichander was suggested as the film's music composer, while a simultaneously shot Telugu version with Siddharth and Hansika Motwani was also considered.[2] Manimaran added that his first choice was initially Dhanush but his busy schedule prompted him select Jai, while the film would be titled Podiyan, and that filming would begin in 2014.[3][4]

Varun Manian announced in July 2014, that he would produce the Tamil film alongside Sushant Prasad and Govindaraj of Film Department Studios, while Velraj was revealed as the cinematographer.[5] Reports suggested that the film may be re-titled as Pugazh, after the title became re-available following a shelved venture by Aascar Films and actor Vijay. The title Pugazh was also wanted by Sarathkumar, who later permitted the film to take it.[6] In August 2014, reports emerged that Trisha had liked the script of the film and was re-allocating her dates to try and fit the film into her schedule. However following the end of her engagement with producer Varun Manian, she opted out of the project. Manimaran later stated that he was not interested in casting Trisha, as she did not suit the role, but the producer had been adamant.[7] By November 2014, the film was launched as Pugazh with Surabhi revealed to be the film's lead heroine.


At the Chennai Box Office, Pugazh took an average opening, with collections of Rs.39,68,766 from 171 shows in the first weekend.[8] However, the film's collections dropped drastically in the second week, and the total collection at the Chennai Box Office was Rs.71,23,250 from 18 shows, sttling for a below average verdict.[9]


The soundtrack was composed by Vivek-Mervin in their second venture and collaboration with Jai after Vadacurry.

Soundtrack album by
ProducerDhibu Ninan Thomas
Vivek-Mervin chronology
1."Naanga Podiyan"Anirudh Ravichander, Diwakar4:11
2."Neeyae"Arijit Singh, Mervin Solomon4:43
3."Podu Podu"RJ Balaji, Vivek-Mervin, MC AK, MC Rude4:10
4."Vizhigalil Vizhundhavalo"Hariharan, Vivek Siva, K. S. Chithra5:10
5."Sharpu Gangu (not featured in film)"Vivek-Mervin4:22
Total length:22:36


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