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|Produced by||Pushpa Kandaswamy|
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
|Distributed by||Kavithalayaa Productions|
Thirumalai is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Ramana. This film has Vijay and Jyothika in the lead roles, while Lawrence Raghavendra and Kiran Rathod make special appearances in the film. Actor Vivek plays the film's comedian. Produced by Kavithalayaa Productions banner, Thirumalai shows Vijay playing a bike mechanic of the Pudupet area in Chennai. This film was a turning point in actor Vijay's career as he transitioned himself into a leading action hero from a romantic hero in his acting career. The film was declared as a Super-Hit at the box office. The filming of Thirumalai began in June 2002 and the film was finally released on 24 October 2003 to positive best reviews, on account of 2003 Diwali. This movie was a Surprise Sweet for Vijay fans.
The film was dubbed in Hindi as Dum 2. The success of the film lead to be remade in Telugu as Gowri in late 2004. Despite the remade Telugu version, the original film was again dubbed in Telugu as Gharana Mogudu. This movie also remade in Bangladesh as Kotha Dao Sathi Hobe starring Shakib Khan, Apu Bishwash, Sadek Bacchu, directed by Sohanur Rahman Sohan in the year 2009.
Thirumalai (Vijay) is a mechanic who lives with his friends and parents in Puthupet, Chennai. On the occasion of 2002 New Year's Eve, he meets Swetha (Jyothika) and falls in love with her. But, due to her arrogant behavior, Thirumalai is beat up by her goons. After realizing his good nature, she reciprocates his feelings. This is opposed by her father Ashok (Avinash), who calls a thug called Arasu (Manoj K. Jayan), who has a reputation of being a big mafia crime boss in Chennai. Hence, Thirumalai fights with them and this makes Arasu realize all of his misbehavior. In the end, Arasu changes his mind about the match and Swetha's father also realizes his mistakes. He accepts their love finally and both reunite with each other.
- Vijay as Thirumalai (Telugu version as Jaya Narasimha)
- Jyothika as Swetha
- Vivek as Palani
- Raghuvaran as Selvam alias Artistu
- Kausalya as Nagalakshmi Selvam
- Karunas as Thirumalai's friend
- Five Star Krishna as Krishna
- Manoj K. Jayan as Arasu (Voice dubbed by Saikumar Pudipeddi)
- Avinash as Ashok, Swetha's father (Voice dubbed by Murali Kumar)
- Ajay Rathnam as a Traffic police officer
- Pasi Sathya as Palani's Grandmother
- Sakthi Kumar
- T. P. Gajendran as Thirumalai's father
- Nizhalgal Ravi
- Anju Mahendran as Thirumalai's Friend
- Lavanya as Uma
- Shanthi Williams as Thirumalai's mother
- Bonda Mani as a fake astrologer
- Cell Murugan as a Telugu devotee of Tirumala Vishnu
- Annadurai Kannadasan as S. Raja (Company Owner)
- Kiran Rathod in a special appearance in the song "Vaadiyamma Jakkamma"
- Raghavendra Lawrence in a special appearance in the song "Thaamthakka Dheemthakka"
- Ashok Raja in a special appearance in the song "Vaadiyamma Jakkamma"
The film was awarded with a clean U certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. Upon release, the film gained more best positive reviews and was declared as a Super-Hit at the Box Office.
The filming began in June 2002, when Vijay was simultaneously shooting for his previous action flick, Bagavathi (2002). Directing the film is debutant Ramana who had apprenticed with director R. K. Selvamani. The shooting was finally ended in August 2003. On 15 April 2003, Vijay stated that he had started dubbing for his portions of the film.
A set resembling a market place with a mechanic shop in it was erected at Mohan Studios at a cost of about Rs. 50 lakhs. Designed by art director Kathir, shooting took place there for 30 days. The film's shooting occurred in Chennai, Nellore and Vishakhapatnam, while the songs were filmed overseas.
Now running gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and stated "There's nothing fresh here that we haven't seen in an earlier Vijay film". Mouthshut.com described as "Same masala with different perspective".
|Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar|
|Released||20 June 2003|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Music is composed by Vidyasagar. The audio's album consisting of five songs, was released on 20 June 2003. The audio was also well received among the audience. The recording of the songs took place during 2002-2003.
|Thaamthakka Dheemthakka||Tippu, Karthik||Vijay, Raghavendra Lawrence|
|Vaadiyamma Jakkamma||Udit Narayan||Vijay, Kiran Rathod|
|Neeyaa Pesyadhu||Shankar Mahadevan||Vijay, Jyothika|
|Azhagooril Poothvale||Sripathy Panditaradhyula Balasubramanyam, Sujatha Mohan||Vijay, Jyothika|
|Dhimsu Katta||Tippu, Srilekha Parthasarathy||Vijay, Jyothika|
- "Thirumai review". Now running. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "Thirumai review". .Mouthshut. Retrieved 22 April 2015.