Thirumalai

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Thirumalai
Thirumalai Vijay Movie.jpg
Directed by Ramana
Produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy
Written by Ramana
Starring Vijay
Jyothika
Vivek
Raghuvaran
Kausalya
Karunas
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Kavithalayaa Productions
Release date
  • 24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
Running time
170 min
Language Tamil

Thirumalai is an Indian 2003 Tamil romantic action film 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. Produced by Kavithalayaa Productions banner.[1] In which Vijay plays 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, with a new characteristic look. The new formula of action along with Punch dialogues suited well for Vijay. Filming of Thirumalai began in mid-2002 and the film was finally released on 24 October 2003, coinciding with Diwali.

The film was dubbed in Hindi as Dum 2.[2] The success of the film lead to be remade in Telugu as Gowri in late 2004. 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. This film was emerged as the Super-Hit at the box office.

Plot[edit]

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 (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.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was awarded with an "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. Upon release, the film gained more positive reviews and was declared as the Super-Hit at the Box Office.

Production[edit]

The filming began in mid-2002, after Vijay had completed the shooting of his another action flick, Bagavathi. Directing the film is debutant Ramana who had apprenticed with director R. K. Selvamani. Filming was finally ended in June 2003, when Vijay's another Action Flick named Pudhiya Geethai got released. On 15 April 2003, Vijay stated that he had started dubbing for his portions of the film.

Namrata Shirodkar was chosen to play the female lead. But the director not satisfied with her screen presence and she was replaced by Jyothika.[citation needed]

A set resembling a market place with a mechanic shop in it was erected at Mohan Studios at a cost of about Rs. 50 lakh. Designed by art director Kathir, shooting took place there for 30 days. The film's shooting occurred in Chennai, Tirupati, Nellore and Vishakhapatnam, while the songs would be filmed overseas.[3]

Reception[edit]

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".[4] Mouthshut.com described as "Same masala with different perspective".[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Thirumalai
Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar
Released 20 June 2003
Recorded 2002-2003
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label New Music
Hit Music
Classic Audio
Producer Vidyasagar
Vidyasagar chronology
Nilaave Vaa
(1998)
Thirumalai
(2003)
Ghilli
(2004)

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.

Song Singers Picturization
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

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