Thamizh Padam

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Thamizh Padam
Directed byC. S. Amudhan
Written byK.Chandru (dialogue)
Screenplay byC. S. Amudhan
Produced byDayanidhi Azhagiri
S. Sashikanth
CinematographyNirav Shah
Edited byT. S. Suresh
Music byKannan
Release date
  • 29 January 2010 (2010-01-29)
Running time
120 minutes
Budget1.8 crore[1]
Box office₹7 crore

Thamizh Padam (transl. Tamil Film) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language parody film written and directed by C. S. Amudhan in his directorial debut. The film stars Shiva and Disha Pandey. The film is the first full-length spoof in Tamil cinema. It parodies contemporary commercial films and actors in Tamil cinema, mocking the stereotypical scenes.[2][3]

The film was distributed by Dhayanidhi Alagiri under the banner Cloud Nine Movies. The music was composed by Kannan with cinematography by Nirav Shah and editing by T. S. Suresh. The film released on 29 January 2010 to critical acclaim and became a commercial success at the box office. The film was later remade in Telugu as Sudigadu starring Allari Naresh. A spiritual sequel called Thamizh Padam 2 was confirmed and released in July 2018.


In the Indian village of Cinemapatti, male infanticide is predominant, and all male babies are required to be killed immediately after birth. One such baby is headed for such a fate, until he "speaks" to his caretaker-grandmother (Paravai Muniyamma) and asks to be sent to Chennai on a goods train, where he plans to grow into a hero. The old woman complies, and takes the baby, named Shiva, to Chennai and raises him herself, living in the city's poorer section.

On growing into manhood, Shiva (Shiva) gains a reputation by giving a massive entry by beating up extortionists by throwing them in the air and saving a rape victim; soon he is glorified as a "mass hero".[a] He manages to defeat gangster Devaraj with a clever exchange of puns and a costumed associate. He spends his time hanging out, drinking, and playing carrom with his gang of friends, composed of Nakul (M. S. Bhaskar), Bharath (Vennira Aadai Moorthy) and Siddharth (Manobala).

Shiva runs into a headstrong girl named Priya (Disha Pandey), whom he falls in love with. After learning of her hatred for men, he realizes that she has dedicated her life to classical dance, so he learns Bharatanatyam over the course of a night and performs an exaggerated dance sequence for her. She reciprocates his feelings, and the two start a relationship. Shiva is then challenged by Priya's rich and powerful father Kodeeswaran, who refuses to give his daughter to a poor man. Shiva swears to become a billionaire, and promptly does so, during the course of a song.

Kodeeswaran accepts Shiva as a suitor and fixes his engagement to Priya. During the ceremony, Shiva hears a passing comment that he does not know his own father. Offended, he travels to Cinemapatti, accompanied by Bharath, to learn his roots. After encountering a host of Tamil-cinema stereotypes of several decades ago, he succeeds in uniting with his family when a woman (revealed to be Shiva's father's concubine) leads him to his father, mother and sister. He finds them when they sing their "family song" (the Michael Learns to Rock number "Someday").[5]

However, unknown to anyone, Shiva has been targeting and killing several criminals in secret: he kills female gangster Swarna by making her slip over a banana peel; makes another big-time crook laugh to death; tortures a drug dealer to commit suicide by continuous failed attempts on his life; and kills his final victim with the odor of his sock. The police discover that he is the killer, and it is revealed that Shiva is actually an undercover officer and was killing the criminals under direct orders from not only the Commissioner, but also from the President of the United States.

The ganglord who commandeered the slain criminals, a mysterious person simply called "D", organises the kidnapping of Priya by telling Pandian (Sathish) and his henchmen to kidnap her and has Shiva beaten up. Shiva recovers, saves Priya by fighting off thugs using exaggerated stunts, and comes face to face with "D", revealed to be his grandmother. She explains that she did this to increase the fame of her grandson, and a heartbroken Shiva is forced to arrest her.

At the trial, Shiva accidentally kills an assassin who targets his grandmother and is put on trial himself. He is saved, however, when a man who helped him in Cinemapatti earlier testifies that Shiva was a victim of circumstance. Both Shiva and "D" are pardoned, and Shiva who has been promoted to DGP, unites happily with Priya, his family and friends.



S. Sashikanth, who was looking for scripts for his debut production for his production banner YNOT Studios got in touch with C. S. Amudhan, who was willing to make his directorial debut, submitted three pitches in different genres for his consideration, out of which Sashikanth chosen the script of spoofs and went ahead with it.[6][7]


In order to receive the film a wide release, Sashikanth opted to sell the film to Dayanidhi Alagiri who distributed and released the film under his company Cloud Nine Movies.[7]


Upon release, the film received critical acclaim en route to becoming one of the box office successes of the year in Tamil Nadu. called the film a "must watch", while labelled the film as a "rollicking comedy" and gave particular praise for Shiva's performance and the director's script and dialogues.[8][9]

However The Times of India rated it 2.5/5, commenting, "It's a brilliant idea, to make a mocumentary of Tamil cinema, and the very concept raises your expectations" and concluded, "Having dared to test the waters, the director seems to have stepped back in apprehension."[10]


Thamizh Padam
Soundtrack album by
Released1 January 2010
GenreFeature film soundtrack
  • Junglee Music
Kannan chronology
Thamizh Padam
Mayanginen Thayanginen

The film's soundtrack was composed by debutant Kannan. The soundtrack contains five songs.

Track listing
1."Kuthu Vilakku"ThiyaguUjjayinee Roy 
2."O Maha Zeeya"C. S. AmudhanHariharan, Swetha Mohan 
3."Oru Sooravali"K. ChandruShankar Mahadevan 
4."Pacha Manja"K. ChandruMukesh Mohamed, Chorus 
5."Theme Music"   

List of notable spoofs[edit]

Films & soap operas[edit]

Film Scene parodied
Karuththamma (1994) The opening scene shows Periyar Dasan as the father of a baby who is about to be killed. Dasan played the same role in Karuththamma as well. This version shows male infanticide instead of female infanticide.
Boys (2003) Shiva's friends (Siddharth, Bharath, and Nakul) are named after the actors in the film. Their introduction scene, as well as Siddharth's failed attempt to impress his girlfriend, are based on this film.
Thalapathi (1991) The scene where Devaraj visits his brother and asks for forgiveness.
Priya (1978) The scene where Devaraj's gang asks Shiva to meet Devaraj, Shiva's eyes are blindfolded, and he tried to locate the place while sensing sounds while he is in the car.
Ghajini (2005) Shiva remembers that he has to kill Swarna when he looks at a Polaroid photo of her.
Minsara Kanavu (1997) A small part of the dance in the song "Oh Maha Zeeya" is the same as what Prabhu Deva does in Minsara Kanavu in the song "Vennilavae Vennilavae".
Enga Ooru Pattukaran (1987) A similar character is shown as a resident of Cinemapatti. One of the film's promotional posters showed Shiva in Ramarajan's look as milkman from this film.
Kizhakke Pogum Rail (1978) At Cinemapatti railway station, a woman is shown sending messages at the back of the train compartment. The song "Koovura Sandham" from Kizhakke Pogum Rail can be heard as background music for the scene.
Pokkiri (2007) Shiva, the hero, is revealed to be an undercover police officer.
Baasha (1995) Shiva's meeting with Devaraj is heavily based on the encounter between Rajinikanth and Raghuvaran in Baasha. Shiva's fight in market, plus the circle of rowdies around him and walking are based on Rajinikanth's walk in Baasha when he hits Anandaraj. The villain D shoots the henchman when the henchman says "India lost the cricket match". In Baasha, Raghuvaran shoots his henchman when he conveys a bad news.
Run (2002) Shiva is chased by thugs, and when he is not visible to them, he sticks a small fake birthmark on his face. When the thugs find him, they are unable to recognize him, though he is in the same dress. Even his girlfriend finds it difficult to recognize him.
Ramana (2002) Devaraj is shown to accidentally meet other guy also called Ramana before his brother (and asks forgiveness to Ramana). The protagonist of the film is famous for his dialogue "Tamilla enakku pidikkatha vaarthai...mannippu" (transl. "Sorry" is the only word I hate in Tamil).
Annamalai (1992) Shiva challenges his lover's father and claims that he will become a millionaire (and subsequently does).
Sivaji (2007) Shiva meets a minister to report about the lack of water and ends up selling his cycle to him, similar to the act of Rajinikanth selling his car from the film. His unique way of signing documents is also based on Sivaji. Additionally, Shiva's stepmother has a laptop that is unlocked by her voice, similar to what Rajinikanth has in Sivaji.
Billa (2007) A transvestite has a Billa tattoo that says "Swarna".
Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989) Shiva appears as a dwarf and attempts to kill a criminal using a Rube Goldberg machine. Delhi Ganesh reprises his role as the villain.
Anniyan (2005) Shiva tries to force buffalo to stampede and kill a criminal. In the same sequence, he tries to imitate Anniyan's voice with no success.
Nayagan (1987) The people look to Shiva as their savior and ask for his help in repairing the water pipe.
Citizen (2001) In the climax court scene, the judge mentions the name of Athippatti Citizen, who is a character in this film.
Captain Prabhakaran (1991) In the climax court scene, the judge mentions the name of Captain Prabhakaran, the titular character, comparing Shiva's act to his.
Dhool (2003) The character of Swarna is directly lifted from this film.
Vaidehi Kathirunthal (1984) The character of Vellaichamy is a spoof of Vijayakanth's character from the film.
Suryavamsam (1997) The people in Cinemapatti waiting for the character of Vellaichamy to start singing a song is a spoof of Sarath Kumar's character in this movie.
Mouna Ragam (1986) Shiva proposes to Priya using the college intercom.
Nattamai (1994) The character of the same name appears in the film. Ponnambalam, who appeared as the villain in the film, played as Naattamai.
Chinna Thambi (1991) A scene depicting three brothers protecting their sister by making her walk on their palms.
Kaakha Kaakha (2003) The hero and heroine travel in an open jeep to a retreat in Pondicherry, where the hero is beaten up and the heroine gets kidnapped. Pandiya, the villain character of that film, is also imitated. An instrumental version of the song Ennai Konjam is part of the background score (Shiva even mentions that a certain Mr. Anbuselvam is travelling ahead of them on the same route).
Muthirai (2009) Shiva's cheri home turns out to be very posh within.
Dasavathaaram (2008) The appearance of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and the President of the United States.
Thirupachi (2005) The villains tie up the heroine in an abandoned warehouse, and the hero arrives in the nick of time to save her.
Virumaandi (2004) The title character appears in the film. Bharath remarks that Virumaandi means well, but is always misunderstood. The instrumental version of song "Kombula Poova" can be heard during the scene.
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006) A cop who imitates Kamal Hassan asks for permission to go to America.
Kanthaswamy (2009) A man wearing Kanthaswamy's costume is an associate of Shiva. The parodied version is named Kuppuswamy.
Mozhi (2007) Shiva first encounters Priya as she is beating up another woman. Bharath's "signals" of love, and the heroine's friend named Sheela, are all based on Mozhi.
Kadhalan (1994) Shiva goes to Priya's house and performs "classical dance" to win her love (this same scene would later be parodied in Sonna Puriyathu, also starring Shiva in the lead role).
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) Shiva and a girl simultaneously take the same book "Love and Love Only".
Rasigan (1994) The song "Pacha Manja" features a caption which says that the hero sang the song. Vijay, the hero in these five films, sang songs in all of them.
Deva (1994)
Vishnu (1995)
Maanbumigu Maanavan (1996)
Once More (1997)
Palayathu Amman (2000) When the hero enters Cinemapatti, they encounter film set of a moving Amman statue similar to all Rama Narayanan films, especially Palayathu Amman.
En Rasavin Manasile (1991) In Cinemapatti village, a person on the roadside is shown eating mutton.
Sethupathi IPS (1994) A policeman resembling Vijayakanth blames the murders on Pakistani terrorists.
Chidambara Rahasiyam (1985) The "mystery villain" D is portrayed similar to Delhi Ganesh's portrayal of the Black Cat in this film.
Veerasamy (2007) Priya, a fan of T. Rajendar, holds a DVD of this film and declares it an "epic".
Chandramukhi (2005) Shiva's introduction scene shows him stretching his leg (the scene from Chandramukhi is parodied when it is revealed that Shiva has a split seam in his pants).
Mappillai (1989) When Shiva punches and kicks the giant, the giant shows no sign of pain.
Chennai 600028 (2007) A goon working for Kodeeswaran tells that he has seen Shiva in Chennai 600028.
7G Rainbow Colony (2004) Bharath's father scolds him like Vijayan does in 7G Rainbow Colony.
Naalai Namadhe (1975) Shiva's family having a family song like in this movie, though it is an English song.
Thirumalai (2003) Similar to Vijay from the film, Shiva is seen playing carrom with his friends.
Dhill (2001) The doctor tells the commissioner that Shiva will not be able to walk for 10 years, but he gets up and walks, which the doctor calls a 'medical miracle', similar to the scene in this movie.
Senthoora Poove (1988) One of the film's promotional posters showed Shiva in Ramki's look holding Dafli from the film's title song.
Thillana Mohanambal (1968) One of the film's promotional posters showed Shiva in Sivaji Ganesan's look as Nadhaswaram artist from the film.
Singaravelan (1992) One of the film's promotional posters showed Shiva in Kamal Haasan's look from the song "Pudhu Cheri Kacheri".
Chithi (serial, 1999-2001) Shiva discovers his stepmother in his native village and calls her "Chithi", which can be heard by the background sound during the scene.


Name Parody
Kamal Haasan A conversation mentions that Virumaandi is a good man and all that he does gets misconstrued.
Vijay At the beginning of the film, there are references to Vijay's punch dialogues, and Shiva also imitates the slogan saying that Vijay has sung the song. Later, Shiva flexes his muscles like Vijay did in Vettaikaran.
A. R. Rahman The judge declares that the Government has to award a Golden Globe award to Paravai Muniyamma, to which she says "Ella Pugazhum Iraivanukke" (a popular dialogue uttered by Rahman at the 2009 Academy Awards).
Nayanthara During the song Kuthu Vilakku, a man dances in a bikini with a tattoo on his back, similar to Nayanthara's tattoo in Billa.
Fathima Babu The TV reporter says her name is Fathima Ravi, a combination of the two famous newsreaders from Doordarshan TV.
Shobana Ravi
Silambarasan The Nattamai character declares that anyone who disobeys his law will be forced to watch Silambarasan's films 100 times.
Jyothika The heroine introduction scene in which the girl who abuses her husband mentioning that she wants to go to the pub with her friend Trisha to have drinks.
Rajinikanth Shiva becoming a rich man within one song is similar to the scenes in Rajinikanth's films Annamalai and Padayappa.
Barack Obama After Shiva tells several people that he is not interested in becoming a police officer again, he gets a call from Obama.


Song Parody
"Pacha Manja" This song parodies introductory songs of film stars which have lyrics written to suit the star's image.
"Kuthu Vilakku" This song is an item number focusing on Kasthuri. It parodies item numbers which appeared in commercial films, and these songs mostly happens at the antagonists' residence.
"Oru Sooravali" This song depicts Shiva's transformation into a billionaire. This song parodies the song "Vetri Nichayam" from Annaamalai and from films like Suryavamsam, where the male protagonist's transformation from a poor person to a rich person happens within one song.
"O Maha Zeeya" This song is a romantic duet featuring Shiva and Disha Pandey. This song parodies romantic duets in Tamil cinema, and the lyrics of the song contains gibberish terms which are coincidentally named after the chartbuster song names in Tamil cinema.


Product Parody
Hutch When Priya calls Shiva's mobile phone, his ring tone is set to Hutch's signature tune, and a dog follows him as depicted in the Hutch advertisement. He eventually gives brandy to the dog to stop it from following him.
ZooZoos from Vodafone After Shiva beats up the rowdies to save Priya, the ZooZoos attempt to defeat Shiva in the name of BooBoos.
Santoor Soap When Shiva finds a girl being a young mother of a small girl, he utters "Mummy" similar to the advertisement.


  1. ^ In Tamil cinema, the term "mass hero" is a colloquialism referring to an immensely popular actor who can romance, sing, dance, amuse, and defeat several goons in a fight.[4]


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