Vaali (film)

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Vaali
Vaali poster.JPG
Directed by S. J. Surya
Produced by S. S. Chakravarthy
Written by S. J. Surya
Starring Ajith Kumar
Simran
Jyothika
Music by Deva
Cinematography Jeeva
Additional Cinematography:
M. S. Prabhu
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Production
company
Nic Arts
Release date
30 April 1999
Running time
158 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Vaali is a 1999 Tamil thriller film written and directed by S. J. Surya making his directorial debut and was produced by S. S. Chakravarthy under production company Nic Arts. The film stars Ajith Kumar in dual role with Simran in the lead. Vivek, Pandu and Livingston in supporting roles. A modern-day fictional adaptation of the legend of Vali from the Ramayana, it tells the story of Deva and Shiva, two look-alike siblings, with Deva being deaf and dumb. When Shiva marries his sweetheart Priya, Deva becomes obsessed with and lusts for Priya.[2][3]

Surya who was assisting Vasanth in Aasai (1995) approached Ajith to do a film under his direction if he had a good script.[4] Simran was selected as the lead actress after attempts to sign Keerthi Reddy and Roja had failed. The soundtrack was composed by Deva and lyrics were written by Vairamuthu with songs like "Oh Sona" and "April Madhathil" becoming popular. The cinematography was handled by Jeeva while the editing was done by the duo of B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan.

The film was released on 30 April 1999 to positive reviews from critics for direction of S. J. Suryah along with the performances of Ajith and Simran. The film became a commercial success at box-office.

Plot[edit]

Deva and Shiva (both played by Ajith Kumar) are twins. Deva, the elder, is deaf and mute; but he is a genius, an expert at lip-reading, and the head of a successful advertising company. Shiva loves and trusts his brother. Priya (Simran) wants to marry someone who is an ex-smoker, ex-drunkard, and who got ditched by a girl but is pining for her. Learning this, Shiva, with the help of his friend Vicky (Vivek), invents an old romance between him and Sona (Jyothika), and finds his way into Priya's heart.

Meanwhile, Deva chances upon Priya and lusts for her. His obsession continues even after his brother gets married to the girl of his dreams, and he devises various means of getting close to Priya and keeping Shiva and her separated. Some of the methods Deva uses to woo Priya are masochistic (wounding his hand by the running car engine to stop the couple’s first night) and psychotic (trying to kill his brother in so many ways).

Priya realises the not-so-honorable intentions Deva has towards her, but Shiva refuses to believe her and has full faith in his brother. He even goes as far as to take Priya to a psychiatrist. To get away from it all, Shiva and Priya go on a long-delayed honeymoon. But Deva shows up there too. Shiva watches Deva kissing Priya's photo and realizes she was right all along. While Shiva is away, Priya has to take care of Deva. Deva beats Shiva mercilessly, packs the unconscious Shiva in a gunny bag, and throws him in a lorry.

Deva disguises himself as Shiva and tries to seduce Priya. Priya comes to know he is Deva and escapes from him before shooting him with her revolver. Deva falls in the pool, and when Shiva comes, she narrates the whole incident to him. Suddenly, Deva comes back to life, but Shiva immediately kills him with the revolver. Deva's soul talks about his inability to express his feeling as he was mute. His grave with lots of flowers grown on it is shown.

Cast[edit]

  • Ajith Kumar as Deva and Shiva
  • Simran as Priya
  • Jyothika as Meena (Sona)
  • Livingston in a guest appearance
  • Vivek as Vicky, salesman
  • Rathan as Priya's father
  • Radha Bai as Deva and Shiva's Grandmother
  • Sujitha as Sheela, Deva and Shiva's sister
  • N. Mathrubootham as Doctor Mathrubootham
  • Pandu as Velu Nair, Broker
  • Indhu as Uma, Priya's friend
  • Rajeev as Uma's husband
  • Devipriya as Sudha, Deva's assistant
  • Thadi Balaji as Aadhimoolam, Vicky's patient
  • G. Marimuthu

Crew[edit]

Production[edit]

S. J. Suryaah had worked as an assistant director in Vasanth's Aasai which featured Ajith Kumar as well as working with him during the making of Ullaasam. Ajith asked Suryaah to prepare a good script and promised he would give him a chance to make his directorial debut. Subsequently the pair approached S. S. Chakravarthy, a producer, to make a film.[5] Keerthi Reddy was announced to be the lead actress in the film in December 1997, though she was replaced by Simran before filming began.[6] It had also been reported that Roja would play another role, although this proved to be untrue.[7] Jyothika, sister of actress Nagma, made her debut in the film as an imaginary character, Sona, narrated by Ajith's character.[8]

About the making of the film, Ajith mentioned that Vaali "was very close to my heart and I gave it everything I had", revealing that he had initially received a lot of bad publicity and scepticism for doing a dual role too early in his career.[9]

Release[edit]

Vaali received A certificate from Central Board of Film Certification. The Deccan Herald described it as "definitely worth seeing" saying it "has something for all tastes — a pleasant love angle, some suspense, complex psychological nuances, good acting, pleasing songs" while praising Ajith's performance.[10] The reviewer from Indolink.com labelled the film as "a classic in its own right", praising the performances of Ajith Kumar and Simran while describing Suryaah as "a new young director to the cine field who can make Tamil Cinema be proud once again".[11] The New Indian Express labelled Simran's portrayal as "outstanding" while mentioning Surya does a "fairly good job and succeeds".[12] The film ran for one hundred days in both Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[13] The film became a commercial success and provided a breakthrough for both Ajith and Simran's career.[14][15] Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan dated 16 May 1999 appreciated the film by giving 45 marks and mentioned "Director SJ Suryah established his stamp of film-making in his very first film by taking up a straight line story with an engaging screenplay and realistic dialogues. Ajith has done a fantastic job in dual role and Simran also proved that she can act".[16]

The film was later dubbed into Telugu with the same name. The film was remade in Kannada as Vaalee by S. Mahendar starring Sudeep in the lead role. Vaali was remade into Hindi as Sheesha where the wife has a same-face sister.

Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South

Cinema Express Awards[17]

Soundtrack[edit]

Vaali
Soundtrack album by Deva
Released 18th April 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre soundtrack
Length 29:31
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music India
Producer Deva
Deva chronology
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal
(1999)
Vaali
(1999)
Appu
(2000)

The soundtrack was composed by Deva and lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.[16] The song "Sona Sona" is based on "Susanna" by VOF de Kunst, and "Where Do I Begin?", the theme to Love Story composed by Francis Lai.[18] G. Dhananjayan in his book Best of Tamil Cinema noted that the film's songs helped in its success.[16]

Track list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Sona Sona"Hariharan, Ajith Kumar, Febi Mani6:03
2."Gee Priya"SP Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha5:28
3."Nilavai Konduva"Unni Krishnan, Anuradha Sriram6:05
4."Vaanil Kaayuthae"Mano, Anuradha Sriram6:27
5."April Maathathil"Unni Krishnan, Harini5:28
Total length:29:31
Valee
Soundtrack album by Deva
Released 18th April 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre soundtrack
Length 29:27
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer Deva
Deva chronology
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal
(1999)
Valee
(1999)
Appu
(2000)
Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Sona Sona"Bhuvana ChandraHariharan, Srinivasa Murthy, Savitha Reddy6:04
2."Holalla Holalla"Bhuvana ChandraSP Balasubramanyam, Swarnalatha5:31
3."Ningine Dinchna"Siva GaneshUnni Krishnan, Anuradha Sriram6:04
4."Vayyaraala Aa Vennela"Siva GaneshMano, Anuradha Sriram6:23
5."April Maasamlo"Bhuvana ChandraUnni Krishnan, Harini5:28
Total length:29:27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dhananjayan 2011, p. 208.
  2. ^ https://m.rediff.com/movies/2000/mar/23ajith.htm
  3. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/when-tamil-films-did-away-with-annan-thambi-paasam-imagegallery-4-kollywood-ocgrycbcichsi.html
  4. ^ Ajith noted Surya's grit during the sh sh Aasai
  5. ^ "Telugu Cinema Etc". Idlebrain.com. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. ^ 1997–98 Kodambakkam babies Page Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Indolink.com. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Star Tracks". Chandrag.tripod.com. 24 May 1998. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Ajith comes a full circle". Rediff. 23 March 2000. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  11. ^ Vaali: Movie Review Archived 30 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Indolink.com. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  13. ^ http://m.rediff.com/movies/1999/jul/02ss.htm
  14. ^ "An interview with Ajith Kumar". Rediff. 6 July 1999. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Gossip from the southern film industry". Rediff. 14 June 2000. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  16. ^ a b c Dhananjayan 2011, p. 209.
  17. ^ "Recently". Cinematoday2.itgo.com. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  18. ^ Tamil Copycat Songs. Ananda Vikatan. 19 May 2013. From 3:02 to 3:40.

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