Raam (2005 film)

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Directed by Ameer Sultan
Produced by Ameer Sultan
Written by Ameer Sultan
Starring Jiiva
Saranya Ponvannan
Kunal Shah (Shakti)
Pratap Pothan
Ganja Karuppu
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Ramji
Edited by Raja Mohammad
Teamwork Production House
Distributed by Teamwork Production House
Release dates
  • 4 March 2005 (2005-03-04)
Country India
Language Tamil

Raam (Tamil: ராம்) is a 2005 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Ameer Sultan. The film stars Jiiva, Gajala, Kunal Shah (Shakti) and Saranya Ponvannan in lead roles, whilst Rahman, Ganja Karuppu, and Murali play supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film was released on 4 March 2005 and slowly became a sleeper hit. It was screened at the 2006 Cyprus International Film Festival, where it won two awards for Best Actor and Best Musical Score for Jiiva and Yuvan Shankar Raja, respectively. Upon release, the film opened to immense critical acclaim with much praise went onto performances of Jiiva and Saranya, screenplay, music and cinematography.


The story revolves around the relationship of a mother and her son, set in Kodaikanal. The movie commences with Rama Krishna (Jiiva) and his mother Saradha (Saranya Ponvannan), a school teacher, lying in a pool of blood; The police find Raam is still alive and arrest him on charges of murdering his mother. Police inspector Umar (Rahman) works on the case. The story is narrated in flashback.

Rama Krishna is an apparently mentally affected teenager (later diagnosed as autistic), living dependent on his mother Saradha (Saranya Ponvannan). His overcompulsive adoration for his mother lands her in various problems. Raam is provoked easily and tolerates little wrongdoing around him. Next door lives Karthika (Gajala), daughter of a Police Sub-Inspector Malaichamy (Murali). She falls for Raam, but upon telling him how she feels, gets a blunt response from him.

One day, Saradha is found brutally murdered. Umar, interrogating various personalities for the case, grills each and every person possibly connected to Raam and the teacher. Every possible motive that Raam might have for murdering his mother is explored. Furthermore, Raam's neighbours, the sub-inspector Malaichamy and his children are summoned by Umar for interrogation, much to their irritation. The police eventually find out that it was Karthika's brother (Kunal Shah), who committed the murder, in fear that Saradha would tell his parents about his drug addiction habits.

When Umar confronts him and forces him to surrender, Karthika's brother fatally wounds him and escapes, injuring his father in the process as well. He kidnaps Karthika and takes her to a desolate location. However, Raam, seeking vengeance as well as seeking to save Karthika, follows the killer to the hideout. A brutal fight occurs between the two, and at the end, Raam kills Karthika's brother. The film ends as the police find the hideout, while Raam is meditating on the dilapadated roof.



  • Story, Screenplay, Direction: Ameer Sultan
  • Production: Ameer Sultan
  • Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Cinematography: Ramji
  • Editing: Raja Mohammed
  • Art direction: AC Pillai
  • Choreography: Dinesh
  • Stunts: Anal Arasu
  • Lyrics: Snehan
  • Banner: Teamwork Production House


Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 12 January 2005 (2005-01-12)
Recorded 2004
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Star Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Arinthum Ariyamalum

The music was scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja, joining with director Ameer Sultan. The soundtrack, released on 12 January 2005, features 7 tracks, including one instrumental. The lyrics were written by Snehan. Yuvan Shankar Raja fetched critical acclaim for his work, especially for the film score,[1] resulting in a win at the 2006 Cyprus International Film Festival for Best Musical score in a Feature Film, being the only Indian composer to receive the award till date.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration Notes
1 Boom Boom Yuvan Shankar Raja, Jyotsna, Premji Amaran, Tippu 4:36
2 Aarariraro K. J. Yesudas 4:46
3 Vidigindra Pozhudhu Srimathumitha 3:59
4 Yaaro Arivaal Madhu Balakrishnan 2:26
5 Manidhan Solkindra K. J. Yesudas, Vijay Yesudas, Ranjith 4:41
6 Nizhalinai Nijamum K. J. Yesudas, Yuvan Shankar Raja 5:21
7 Theme Music Instrumental


The film has won the following awards since its release:

2006 Cyprus International Film Festival (Cyprus)[2]

  • Won - CIFF Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film - Jiiva
  • Won - CIFF Award for Best Musical Score in a Feature Film - Yuvan Shankar Raja


  1. ^ "Raam". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ "1st Cyprus International Film Festival". cyiff.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 

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