Satyam (2008 film)

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Sathyam Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. R. Rajasekar
Written byA. R. Rajasekar
Produced byVikram Krishna
CinematographyR. D. Rajasekhar
Edited byAnthony
Music byHarris Jayaraj
Distributed byGK Film Corporation
Release date
  • August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) (India)
Running time
183 minutes
Budget27 crore[1]

Satyam (transl. Truth) is an Indian 2008 Tamil action drama film written and directed by debutante A. Rajasekhar (an associate of Suresh Krissna) in his directorial debut.[2] The film stars Vishal in the role of a cop for the first time. Nayanthara plays the female lead role, while Kannada actor Upendra plays the support male lead role.[3] The film was simultaneously made and released both in Tamil and Telugu languages, with the latter version renamed as Salute, with a slightly different cast. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film released on 14 August 2008.[4] The film was produced by Vikram Krishna, Vishal's brother.


The plot opens with Sathyam (Vishal), an assistant police commissioner rescuing a hooligan from encounter thirsty cops, only to arrest him later. He reminds his fellow cops that a cop's duty is to kill crime not criminals. Sathyam meets his first challenge in tracking a mysterious killer of three ministers. In the process, he finds the culprit Manickvel (Upendra), only to receive a rude shock to know his identity. The murderer is none other than a former police officer, who inspired Sathyam to take the cop job. Revealing the reason behind his change of mind, the ex-cop says that he is on a killing spree as he failed to set right things in khakhi uniform.

Sathyam, who throws a challenge at his mentor that he would use the power of law to put the wrongdoers behind the bars, vows to throw light on the illegal activities of the Home minister (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who aims at the Chief Minister post.

In the meantime, he also has a romantic episode with Deivanayaki (Nayanthara), a TV journalist. This begins with Deivanayaki suing the locality's children through their parents. The children swear vengeance through a 'gangleader' who happens to be none other than Sathyam himself. The 'gang' succeeds by making their rival a laughing stock with multiple pranks. Annoyance turns to love as Deiva and Satyam get to know each other better.

During his attempts to establish truth, Sathyam faces various troubles. The Minister's proxies give him various troubles by killing children by offering them ice creams laced with drugs to eat and killing his mother. When Satyam arrests Acharya, the Minister's proxy, and takes him to court, the Minister's henchmen attack him while driving and Satyam is stabbed. Thillanayagam, the other proxy, shoots Acharya and blames Sathyam. Sathyam performs his mother's funeral rites and is suspended from the force and jailed. Manickvel, to be released the next day, feels for Sathyam and laments his loss in the jail. Thillanayagam runs for MLA with the Minister's support so that he cannot be harmed by Sathyam. He gloats to Sathyam at the jail about his newfound power and challenges Sathyam's honor and dignity. At a public rally for Thillanayagam's candidature, the Minister openly challenges and insults Sathyam, who is released from jail by a sympathetic officer and coming to disrupt the public rally. Manickvel stands in the corner aiming to kill Thillanayagam and the Minister. Sathyam arrives and exposes the Minister and his proxy by shooting them and forcing them to confess the truth about the Minister's intentions and the death of the proxy. Thillanayagam reveals everything about himself, Acharya, and the Minister. While lamenting the situation he is in and calling for reform, Sathyam is shot by the Minister's henchman and questions the honesty and trust his people and fellow officers have in him. Manickvel arrives on the scene and salutes Sathyam, with other officers following suit. A newscast is shown with the Minister and Thillanayagam being arrested and Sathyam is reinstated. Sathyam is promoted to Deputy Commissioner by the Chief Minister and marries Deivanayaki, and the credits roll.


Cast (Tamil) Cast (Telugu) Role (Tamil) Role (Telugu)
Vishal ACP Sathyam IPS
Nayanthara Deivanayaki alias Deiva Divya
Upendra Inspector Manickavel Inspector Prathap Rudhra
Sudha Chandran Sathyam's mother
Premgi Amaren Ali Bora
Brahmanandam Transport Office Broker
Senthil N. Paneerselvam
Kota Srinivasa Rao Kondal Dhasan Kondal Rao
Ravi Kale Dilli (Thillainayagam/Tillakonda)
Tanikella Bharani Deiva's father Divya's father
Livingston Politician
Krishna Kumar Mohammed
Prabhu Nepaul Acharya
Hema Deiva's mother Divya's mother
Venba Venba
Baby Varsha Varsha
Naren Muthupandi



Vishal trained hard for this role, pumping iron and sported a six pack, which he maintains in his subsequent films as of date. He has also sported a neat short-cropped hairstyle to look like a serious law-abiding police official. This is the first time he is undergoing image makeover for a film in order not to be stereotyped as an action hero.[5] Vishal's brother, Vikram Krishna Reddy, the film's producer, has revealed that the film is about police encounters, a very prominent issue regarding the laws of India.[6] Hence, the protagonist's role runs parallel to that of Surya Sivakumar's in Kaaka Kaaka.[7] The film was touted to be a bilingual with the Telugu version titled Salute. Each scene was shot twice as Vishal had to wear a Tamil Nadu police uniform for the Tamil version and an Andhra Pradesh police uniform for the Telugu version.[8]


Trisha Krishnan was originally selected to do the lead role in Sathyam.[9] Later she was removed and the selection was then between Nayanthara and Shriya Saran. At last, Nayanthara was selected to play the female lead .[10] The film marked the debut of Kannada actor Upendra in Tamil cinema.


Filming of this movie began in August 2007, after Vishal completed the shooting for his previous action thriller, Malaikottai. During the shooting, thunder and lighting were an issue while filming the action sequences and the song "Chellamae", but the song's erotic performance of both actors is considered to be the hottest song ever made in india till date[11]


The film has five songs composed by Harris Jayaraj, "Sathyam" was his 25th film as music director. Lyrics are penned by Pa. Vijay, Kabilan & Yugabharathi. The soundtrack received generally positive reviews from critics.[12] IndiaGlitz described the album as "catchy" and stated that "Harris has given his heart out to package it with the right mix of songs. With good vocals and perfect rhythms, Sathyam songs would be remembered by music-lovers for a long time to come. Sathyam is one more jewel in Harris's crown".[13] Behindwoods mentioned that "Harris Jayaraj has not disappointed us here. But at the same time there’s nothing that sweeps us off our feet too."[14]

Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAyngaran Music
An Ak Audio
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Dham Dhoom
1."Aaradi Kaathe"Pa.VijayHariharan4:46
2."Ada Gada Gada"Pa.VijayPremji Amaren5:02
3."Chellame Chellame"YugabharathiBalram, Bombay Jayashree, Sunitha Sarathy6:04
4."En Anbe"YugabharathiSadhana Sargam, Benny Dayal6:07
5."Paal Pappaali"KabilanRanjith, Naveen, Mahathi5:49
Total length:27:48
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Telugu Track-List[16]
1."Nammara Nestham"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryHariharan4:45
2."Ada Gada Gada"ChandrabosePremji Amaren5:02
3."Muddula Muddula."SahithiBalram, Bombay Jayashree, Sunitha Sarathy6:00
4."Ninnena Nenu"Sirivennela Seetharama SastrySadhana Sargam, Benny Dayal6:06
5."Endammaya"SahithiNaveen, Mahalakshmi Iyer5:46
Total length:27:39


  1. ^ Vishal starrer Satyam's budget to be more than 50 crore
  2. ^ "Top Stories: Vishal Desanikokkadu". Oneindia. Retrieved 19 June 2013.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Role call". The Hindu. 11 July 2008 – via
  4. ^ Pavithra Srinivasan (14 August 2008). "No good, not good at all". Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Vishal thinks love is in the hair". Music India Online. 27 July 2008. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Vishal to make debut in Telugu". IndiaGlitz. 8 November 2006. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Satyam". Oneindia. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 27 July 2008.[dead link]
  8. ^ Manigandan KR (23 July 2008). "The truth about Sathyam". Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Trisha in Vishal's movie". IndiaGlitz. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Nayantara makes hay". 22 May 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  11. ^ "'Chellame was a toughie' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "Sathyam – Music Review". Spontic. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Satyam — Yet another stunner from Harris Jayaraj". IndiaGlitz. 28 July 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  14. ^ Malathy Sunderam. "Sathyam – Music Review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Wynk Music | Play to Hindi, English, Punjabi, Old, New, Bollywood songs & more". Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Salute". Retrieved 4 November 2018.

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