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Directed byManoj Kumar
Produced byManoj Kumar
Written byV. Prabhakar,
N. Raghu (dialogues)
Story byManoj Kumar
Prakash Raj
Music byDeva[1]
CinematographyKarthik Raja
Edited byP. Mohan Raj
Guru Films
Release date
  • 27 October 2000 (2000-10-27)
Running time
162 minutes

Vaanavil (English: Rainbow) is a 2000 Indian Tamil-language drama film produced by Guru Films and directed by Manoj Kumar. The film casts Arjun, Prakash Raj, and Abhirami in the lead roles. The film released to mixed reviews and was an underperformer at the box office.[2]


Surya (Arjun) and Prakash (Prakash Raj) meet Priya (Abhirami) in a train as strangers and become friends. Surya loves Priya, whereas Prakash lusts about her. Priya starts liking Surya. This makes Prakash envious, so he starts showing off his villainous image. The rest forms the story which rather forms a normal ending.



After Gurupaarvai, Manojkumar, brother-in-law of director Bharathiraja announced that his next project is titled "Vaanavil", and he would also produce this film under his production banner "Guru Films" titled after his previous film, the film was launched with much fanfare at the A.V.M. Studios. Many eminent persons of the film industry were present on the occasion. A.V.M. Saravanan, Producer K.R.G., distributor Sinthamani Murugeshan, hero Arjun, heroine Sakshi, director Bharathiraja, actor-director Pandiarajan, director P. Vasu, actor-director Partibhan and actress Rupasri were some of the V.I.P.s present to felicitate and wish director Manoj Kumar. Sakshi was initially announced as lead heroine but she was later replaced by Abhirami. The film was shot at locations in Chennai, Pollachi, Nagercoil and picturesque places in Switzerland.[3]


The songs are by Deva, lyrics written by Vairamuthu.[4]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss)
1 Velinattu Kaatru Hariharan, Harini 04:37
2 Oh Penne Thamizh Penne S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha 05:17
3 Aasai Magane Malaysia Vasudevan 05:56
4 Piraye Piraye S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 01:36
5 Kanni Koyil S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 03:20
6 Oh Penne Thamizh Penne II Unni Menon, Swarnalatha 05:17
7 Holy Holy Gopal Rao, Sujatha 05:16


The film set good initial expectations but released to mixed reviews and was an underperformer at the box office. Prakash Raj won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain for this movie.


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  2. ^ "Film Review: Vaanavil". The Hindu. 3 November 2000. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
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