|Directed by||Tarun Gopi|
|Produced by||Vikram Krishna|
Manoj K. Jayan
I. M. Vijayan
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
G K Film Corporation
Thimiru (English: Egoistic) is a 2006 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by debutant Tarun Gopi. It stars Vishal, Reema Sen and Sriya Reddy in lead and former football player I. M. Vijayan, Manoj K. Jayan and Vadivelu in supporting roles, whilst Kiran Rathod appears in an item number. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Produced by Vikram Krishna, under the banner of G K Film Corporation, it was released on 4 August 2006. Thimiru became highly successful at the box office and one of the top-grossing Tamil films in 2006. The film was also praised for Vadivelu's comedy.
The film was subsequently dubbed into Telugu, releasing as Pogaru (English: Pride) and was a runaway hit in Andhra Pradesh, too. It was later remade by director Vishal Raj in Kannada as Minchu  but eventually failed to repeat the success of its original version. The film also has been dubbed in Hindi as The Return Of Zid in 2009.
The movie is about Ganesh (Vishal), who comes from Madurai to continue his medical course in Chennai. A group of baddies is in pursuit. Meanwhile, Srimathy (Reema Sen), Ganesh's professor's daughter, wants to meet Ganesh and thank him for helping her escape from the clutches of some vile elements. When Ganesh and Srimathy meet, they are surprised, for they know each other. The gangsters, on spotting both, vow to kill them. The film goes into a flashback. Eswari (Sriya Reddy) is a shrewish, arrogant 'kattapanchayata' woman. She lends money at usurious rates and goes after families who fail to repay. Srimathy's family falls afoul of Eswari. Ganesh helps Srimathy's folks. Eswari falls for Ganesh's bravery and boldness and wants him to marry her, but he does not. She ends up kidnapping Ganesh's parents and threatening Ganesh to come to them and marry her. However, Ganesh thwarts all her plans. Eventually, in a freak mishap, Eswari meets her fate. Mistaking Ganesh to be the reason for their sister's death, Eswari's brothers Periya Karuppu (Manoj K. Jayan) and Chinna Karuppu (I. M. Vijayan) resolve to kill him. Ganesh, who reaches Chennai for safety, is eventually forced to go back to his old ways to fight the baddies and restore order.
- Vishal as Ganesh
- Reema Sen as Srimathy
- Vadivelu as Warden Vallaran
- Sriya Reddy as Easwari (Voice dubbed by Jayageetha)
- Manoj K. Jayan as Periya Karuppu
- I. M. Vijayan as Chinna Karuppu
- Vinayakan as Easwari's sidekick
- Sriranjini as Srimathy's mother
- Neelima Rani as Srimathy's friend
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Principal
- Pawan as Bhavani
- Manikka Vinayagam
- Bhanu Chander
- Singamuthu in a cameo
- Mayilsamy in a cameo
- Aarthi in a cameo
- Kiran Rathod in a special appearance in the song 'Maana Madura'
- Kanal Kannan in a special appearance in the song 'Oppurane Oppurane'
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||21 July 2006|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The soundtrack, composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, was released on 21 July 2006 and features 6 tracks overall, including a "Theme music". The lyrics were written by Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar and Yugabharathi. Rajesh Ramnath lifted the five songs for the Kannada version of the film, Minchu, not giving due credits to the original composer Yuvan Shankar Raja.
|1||"Kattikko Rappa Rappa"||Kunal Ganjawala, Shreya Ghoshal||4:43||Pa. Vijay|
|2||"Maana Madurai"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:47||Na. Muthukumar|
|3||"Mani Mani"||Anushka Manchanda||4:27||Pa. Vijay|
|4||"Oppurane Oppurane"||Gangai Amaran||3:29||Yugabharathi|
|5||"Thithikkara Vayasu"||Anupama||5:02||Na. Muthukumar|
|Hindi track list|
|Telugu track list|
The film was a blockbuster success in the year 2006 and grossed over 35 crores
- "'Thimiru' makes Vishal Tamil screen's action king". indianinfo.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Vishal's Thimiru successfully completed a 100-day run". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Minchu — Kannada Movie Review". cinefundas.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Another Friday, another remake!". Rediff. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- "Minchu's boring narration, uninspired performances". indianinfo.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20.