Vaanam Kottattum

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Vaanam Kottattum
Vaanam Kottattum.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDhana Sekaran
Screenplay byDhana Sekaran
Mani Ratnam
Story byMani Ratnam
Produced byMani Ratnam
StarringR. Sarathkumar
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Vikram Prabhu
Aishwarya Rajesh
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj
Madonna Sebastian
Nandha
CinematographyPreetha Jayaraman
Edited bySangathamizhan E.
Music bySongs:
Sid Sriram
Score:
Sid Sriram
K
Production
company
Distributed byYNOTX
Release date
  • 7 February 2020 (2020-02-07)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Vaanam Kottattum (transl. Let it rain) is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Dhana Sekaran, who co-wrote the film with Mani Ratnam. The film stars R. Sarathkumar, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu and Aishwarya Rajesh, with Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Madonna Sebastian portraying supporting roles. The film is produced by Mani Ratnam for Madras Talkies, with the latter also credited for co-writing the film's script. The film released on 7 February 2020.[1]

Plot[edit]

Selva in his young age sees his paternal uncle, Velusaamy (Balaji Shaktivel), being stabbed by someone. His family is on their way to the temple for worship. Selva brings his father Bose Kaalai (Sarathkumar) and they all take him to admit in hospital. Bose Kaalai is infuriated that his enemies did this to prevent his elder brother to contest in elections. He goes to their home and kills two people who were the reason behind his brother's condition. The murder is witnessed by the young Baskaran, son of one of the killed by Bose Kaalai. Chandra (Raadhika Sarathkumar) is shocked on hearing her husband killed two people. Bose is arrested but he hopes that he can clear the charge and come out. His opponents win the elections out of sympathy votes and Bose Kaalai is jailed for 16 years. Chandra is disappointed by her husband's irresponsible behaviour and wishes that her son should not become like his father. She leaves her in-laws' family and moves to Chennai with her son Selva and daughter Mangai.

Chandra struggles a lot with adolescent Selva (Vikram Prabhu) who is so adamant and thug attitude. Bose's elder brother, Velusaamy supports his brother's family. Selva and Mangai (Aishwarya Rajesh) are now adults but Selva's attitude has not changed. Selva takes up a job as a call taxi driver and Mangai is a law college student. She shares a good friendship with her friend Ramanathan (Shanthanu Bhagyaraj). Selva drives a couple in his taxi and sees them fighting over the breakup of the couple. The girl (Madonna Sebastian) threatens her lover to marry her or she will commit suicide jumping from the bridge into the lake. The scared lover tries to stop her but the girl pushes him to the lake. Selva pushes the girl into the lake to save the boy but finds both do not know swimming. He also jumps and saves them. Selva introduces himself to the girl named Preetha and her father in the hospital.

Selva's uncle asks him to accompany him to a wholesale plantain market to settle accounts with one of the buyers, Paramasivan. Paramasivan tries to cheat Selva's uncle but Selva somehow gets the due money back. He sees potential in wholesale Plantain sales and he starts a new business of plantain wholesale. They approach the family of the victim killed by Bose Kaalai to supply plantain to which they reluctantly agree to. Selva meets Preetha's father and understands that Preetha's family is heavily indebted. Selva and Mangai approach a big head Reddy in plantain wholesale for the supply of Andhra plantains. Reddy is impressed by Selva's confident approach and agrees to do business with him provided that he secures a shop in the Koyambedu market, a tedious job due to heavy competition involved from different political parties. Mangai somehow intelligently accomplishes the task by requesting the sanctioning authority. They win a place in the Koyembedu market. Mangai befriends Reddy's son, Kalyan (Amitash Pradhan).

Bose Kaalai is released from prison after 16 years. Selva and Mangai feel bad about their father as he was in jail and this will affect the respect in the neighbourhood. Chandra gets angry about her children's attitude and supports her husband. Bose interferes in the business of Selva without his consent which irritates Selva. The plantain supplier, who belongs to the family of the person killed by Bose, refuses to continue the business with Selva as Bose returned from prison. Hence the supply for plantains stop. Bose disappears from home for three days with Chandra's jewels. Mangai and Selva think that he ran away with jewels but Bose returns bringing a truck of Golden fruits plantain variety procured from Bangalore. Selva is irked by the Golden Fruits and supplies all free of cost as they may rot at any time. He gets angry that Bose wasted the money. This ensues fight between Bose and Selva and Bose leaves home angrily.

Bose insults Preetha that she flirted with his son and made him give Bank guarantee for two crores. He misunderstands the relation between Mangai and Reddy's son and warns him to stay away from his daughter. This angers Selva and Mangai but they keep quiet for their mother. Selva finds that the variety of the Golden fruit is in much demand and is delighted about the orders he gets. Reddy comes to Selva's home to ask Mangai's hand for marriage with his son. But Mangai declares that he misunderstood the relationship with his son and he loves her childhood friend Ramanathan. Reddy happily agrees to it and blesses her.

Baskaran is following Bose the moment he got released from jail. His twin brother warns him to stay away from Bose's family as killing him is not a solution rather his future will get spoiled. Baskaran accidents Bose's bike and Bose is injured and hospitalized. Selva sees Baskaran running away from the hospital and chase him but in vain. Meanwhile, Preetha's dad passes away. Selva consoles her and they start a relationship. Bose is heartbroken that his children do not accept him in their life and he leaves to his brother's house. He finds the victim's family went to Chennai in search of him. Scared that they might harm his family, Bose rushes to Chennai.

Baskaran tricks Selva posing as Natrayan and pretends to warn that he has come to save his family from Baskaran. Selva gets kidnapped by Baskaran. Bose arrives on time and rescues Selva. He tells Baskaran that jail is hell and not to waste his life by killing him. If he still wants to take revenge, he can go ahead. Baskaran changes his mind.

The film ends with Bose and Chandra celebrating their 60th anniversary in their hometown with reconciled Selva, Mangai, and the entire family.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Mani Ratnam finalised plans to produce a film for Madras Talkies by his assistant director Dhana Sekaran in late 2018. The story of the film was conceived by Mani Ratnam during a recce during the pre-production stages of O Kadhal Kanmani (2015). He had written a story based on the lives of real characters from Theni, which his assistant Dhana had recollected from his years growing up in the hill town.[2] Mani Ratnam chose to eventually prioritise other directorial ventures, but agreed to produce the script with Dhana as director, owing to his familiarity with the characters. Dhana initially considered naming the film either Two Brothers or Brother Sister, but Mani Ratnam suggested the title of Vaanam Kottattum, a title he had earlier considered for his O Kadhal Kanmani and Kaatru Veliyidai (2017).[2]

The first crew member to be publicly announced was music composer Govind Vasantha, who accepted to work on the film following negotiations in early November 2018.[3][4] G. V. Prakash Kumar was signed to play the lead role, while Aishwarya Rajesh joined the cast shortly after to play the sister of Prakash Kumar's character.[5][6] Vikram Prabhu replaced Prakash Kumar during March 2019, while Madonna Sebastian was subsequently cast opposite him. Actors Sarathkumar and Raadhika Sarathkumar were then drafted in to play the parents of Vikram Prabhu's character.[7][8]

Prior to the start of the shoot, actors Nandha Durairaj, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Amitash Pradhan were also added to the cast.[9] Director Balaji Sakthivel joined the film's cast in August 2019 to portray a supporting role, marking an extended foray into acting following his role in Asuran (2019).[10][11] Preetha Jayaraman was signed as the film's cinematographer, while Eka Lakhani joined as the costume designer. Despite finishing work on two songs, Govind Vasantha opted out of the film owing to a production delay and was replaced by playback singer Sid Sriram, who made his debut as a music composer through the project.[9][12]

The film began production on 19 July 2019 and was continued throughout August. Scenes and a montage song titled "Business" featuring Vikram Prabhu was filmed near Jerusalem College of Engineering, Chennai.[13][14] Further scenes were filmed at home in Triplicane, with Mani Ratnam also often visiting the shoot.[15]

During the first look poster release, the rest of the technicians working on the film was revealed, including K. Kathir as art director, debutant Sangathamizhan E. as film editor, Viji Sathish as choreographer, and "Stunner" Sam as stunt choreographer.[16]

Music[edit]

Vaanam Kottattum
Soundtrack album by
Released23 January 2020
Recorded2019
StudioAM Studios, Chennai
20dB Studios, Chennai
Krimson Avenue Studios, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length21:14
LanguageTamil
LabelSony Music
ProducerNavneeth Balachandran
Singles from Vaanam Kottattum
  1. "Kannu Thangom"
    Released: 15 November 2019
  2. "Easy Come Easy Go"
    Released: 20 November 2019
  3. "Poova Thalaiyaa"
    Released: 15 January 2020
  4. "En Uyir Kaatre"
    Released: 20 January 2020

The music for the film was composed by singer Sid Sriram, making his debut as a film composer. In addition to him singing most of the songs in this movie (except for the song, "Mannava"), he also composed the film's background score, alongside music director K. The album features six songs (with four of them were previously being released as singles), in which the lyrics for all the songs are written by Siva Ananth, who had previously co-written the script with Mani Ratnam for Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.[citation needed]

The first single track, "Kannu Thangom" was released on 15 November 2019.[17][18] The second single track, "Easy Come Easy Go" was released on 20 November 2019.[19][20] The third single track, "Poova Thalaiyaa" was released on 15 January 2020, coinciding with Pongal celebration.[21] The fourth single track, "En Uyir Kaatre" was released on 20 January 2020.[22]

The film's album was released at the music and trailer launch event which held on 23 January 2020.[23] In addition, the album was made available immediately through music streaming platforms.[24]

Govind Vasantha was signed in to compose music for the film. However, despite finishing work on two songs, Govind Vasantha opted out of the film owing to a production delay and was replaced by playback singer Sid Sriram, who made his debut as a music composer through the project.[9][12]

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kannu Thangom"Sid Sriram, Shakthisree Gopalan3:27
2."Easy Come Easy Go"Sid Sriram, Sanjeev Thomas, MADM, Tapass Naresh3:50
3."Poova Thalaiyaa"Anthony Daasan, Sid Sriram3:09
4."En Uyir Kaatre"Sid Sriram4:14
5."Mannava"Shakthisree Gopalan3:04
6."Thinam Thinam"Sid Sriram3:30
Total length:21:14

Distribution[edit]

YNOTX was announced as the film's distribution partner on 6 January 2020.[25]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled to be released on 31 January 2020, was released on 7 February 2020.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vaanam Kottattum - Teaser | Mani Ratnam | Dhana | Madras Talkies". YouTube. 8 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "'கைதி' டீம் 'விஜய் 64'-க்கு அப்படியே வந்ததுக்குக் காரணம் அவர்தான்!- ஒளிப்பதிவாளர் சத்யன் சூரியன்". www.vikatan.com/.
  3. ^ "'96' sensation Govind Vasantha teaming up with Mani Ratnam". The Times of India. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  4. ^ "I wasn't prepared to meet Mani Ratnam at all: Govind Vasantha". The Indian Express. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ "GV Prakash to act in Mani Ratnam produced film!". Sify. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
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  7. ^ "vikram-prabhu-roped-mani-ratnam-s-next-productio". www.thenewsminute.com. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Vikram Prabhu's film for Mani Ratnam to go on floors from July - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Subramanian, Anupama (20 July 2019). "Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Amitash Pradhan, new additions in Mani Ratnam's film". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Balaji Sakthivel onboard for Mani Ratnam's 'Vaanam Kottattum'". Sify. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Balaji Sakthivel in Mani Ratnam's 'Vaanam Kottatum' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  12. ^ a b Ramanujam, Srinivasa (24 August 2019). "Sid Sriram on turning composer with Mani Ratnam's 'Vaanam Kottatum' and much more". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  13. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (17 August 2019). "How team 'Vaanam Kottatum' shot on busy city roads when it rained heavily". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Vaanam Kottatum: Mani Ratnam pays visit to Radikaa and Sarathkumar on sets". in.com. Archived from the original on 3 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  15. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (2 August 2019). "Mani Ratnam's surprise visit to film sets". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  16. ^ "The first-look posters of Maniratnam's Vaanam Kottatum, here". Behindwoods. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Sid Sriram records a song with Shaktishree Gopalan for Mani Ratnam's Vaanam Kottatum". Behindwoods. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Sid Sriram and Shakthisree's Kannu Thangam from Mani Ratnam's Vaanam Kottatum". Behindwoods. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  19. ^ Soundararaj, Sivaranjani. "Vaanam Kottatum Second Single, Easy Come Easy Go Song is Out Now". News Bricks. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Mani Ratnam's Vaanam Kottatum movie song Easy come Easy go in Sid Sriram music out now". Behindwoods. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  21. ^ @MadrasTalkies_ (15 January 2020). "Happy to release this high energy number in @anthonydaasan & @sidsriram's voice & @bagapath's lyrics on the day of Pongal!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Mani Ratnam's Vaanam Kottatum movie song En Uyir Kaatre video released ft Aishwarya Rajesh Amitash Shanthnu Bhagyaraj". Behindwoods. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  23. ^ @SonyMusicSouth (23 January 2020). "Listening to the delightful #VaanamKottattum album now" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ @MadrasTalkies_ (13 January 2020). "Get ready for an evening of music, rain and lots of love! #VaanamKottattum - Music & Trailer launch on 23 January 2020" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ @ynotxworld (6 January 2020). "Happy to announce that YNOTX is the distribution partner for #VaanamKottatum" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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