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Vallavan cover art.jpg
Release poster
Directed by Silambarasan
Produced by P. L. Thenappan
Written by Silambarasan
Balakumaran (dialogues)
Starring Silambarasan
Reema Sen
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Priyan
Edited by Anthony
Sri Raj Lakshmi Films
Release date
  • 21 October 2006 (2006-10-21)
Running time
185 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Vallavan (English: Expert) is a 2006 Tamil romantic thriller film written and directed by Silambarasan, starring himself in the title role along with Nayantara, Reema Sen and Sandhya whilst Santhanam, Premji Amaren, Sathyan and. The dialogues are written by Balakumaran. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film, loosely based on Hollywood films The Notebook (2004) and Swimfan (2002), was released on 13 October 2006. Nayantara was Selected as the Lead Actress after Jyothika rejected the offer due to her Wedding Arrangements. The film was later dubbed into Telugu and released as Vallabha.[1]


Vallavan (Silambarasan) is a happy-go-lucky college student with a set of friends, Bala (Santhanam), Subbu (Sathyan) & Suchitra (Sandhya). When they're at the temple, he sees Swapna (Nayantara). He immediately falls in love with her. While Vallavan is at the college, Swapna shows up. She's revealed to be a teacher, who’s three years older than Vallavan. He decides to woo her by turning into Pallan, an ugly duckling with buck teeth and glasses. Pallan makes Swapna fall in love with him for his heart, even though he is ugly and they end up having sex with intension. When Swapna comes to know that Pallan is younger than her (from one of Vallavan's enemies in school) and that too a student, she dumps him and decides to marry another man. Meanwhile, a sequence of events take place, much to the chagrin of Vallavan who is highly insulted by them. As Vallavan walks in the streets wondering how things got so messy, he recalls his school life.

When he was in higher secondary school, Vallavan met Geetha (Reema Sen). A hysteric Geetha ensures that Vallavan is mad about her. Coming to know of her true nature, he ends the affair with her. But she is not ready to let him go so easily, so he resolves to teach her a lesson. Geetha returns for payback. She tells him that she was the spoilt sport for the current mess in his life. In a climax displaying her disorder, she kidnaps Suchitra and Vallavan arrives and frees her. The film fast-forwards to 3 years later. Geetha is released from a mental asylum. The moment she steps out, she exhibits her fiery psychotic expression showing that she never actually recovered. Vallavan is waiting for her and they communicate telepathetically with Vallavan saying that she cannot do anything to him.



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Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 1 June 2006
Recorded 2005 - 2006
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 41:45
22:40 (2nd release)
Label Ayngaran Music
An Ak Audio
Hit Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu
(2006)Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu2006

The music was scored by noted musician and Silambarasan's friend, Yuvan Shankar Raja, coming together again after churning out the successful album of Manmadhan (2004). The soundtrack was released on 1 June 2006 and features 9 tracks, including 7 songs and two Instrumental pieces. As it was the case in Manmadhan, a second Soundtrack was released afterwards with bit songs that feature in the film but not on the first soundtrack along with pieces from the film score. The lyrics were penned by 'Kavignar' Vaali, Thamarai, film director Perarasu and Silambarasan himself. Karunakaran wrote the lyrics of the bit song "Kadhal Vandhale", released in the second edition.

Yuvan Shankar Raja won accolades for his soundtrack, whereas especially the songs "Loosu Penne" and "Yammaadi Aathaadi" were huge hits, topping the charts for the following weeks, with the latter even becoming the anthem of the season.[2][3] His film score, too, was lauded, called as the film's highlight and "backbone of the film", while he himself was hailed as the film's "real hero".[4]

No. Title Singer(s) Length Lyricist Notes
1 "Vallava Ennai" Sunidhi Chauhan 6:29 Thamarai
2 "Hooray Hooray Hip" Sunitha Sarathy, Nakul, Ranjith & Karthik 5:44 'Kavignar' Vaali
3 "Kadhal Vanthirichu" Silambarasan & Premji Amaren 4:25 Vaali Remixed from the film Kalyana Raman, composed by Ilaiyaraaja
4 "Loosu Penne" Silambarasan & Blaaze 6:52 Silambarasan
5 "Yammaadi Aathaadi" T. Rajendar, Suchitra, Silambarasan & Malathy Lakshman 5:30 Perarasu
6 "Podu Attam Podu" Vijay Yesudas 5:38 Vaali
7 "He Knows What To Do (Vallavan Theme)" Tanvi Shah (Humming) 2:00 -
8 "Success of Love" Instrumental 1:05 -
9 "Loosu Penne (Club Mix)" Silambarasan & Premji Amaren 4:02 Silambarasan

All music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Bonus tracks (Second release)
No. Title Singer(s) Length
10. "Yammaadi Aathaadi (2nd Version)" Vijaya T. Rajendar, Silambarasan, Suchitra & Mahathi 5:24
11. "Hip Hip Hurrey (2nd Version)" Sunitha Sarathy, Nakul, Ranjith & Karthik 5:38
12. "Theme Music (1)" Instrumental 1:38
13. "Theme Music (2)" Instrumental 0:47
14. "Loose Penne (Music)" Instrumental 0:50
15. "Kadhal Vandhale" (Lyrics written by Karunakaran) Yuvan Shankar Raja 2:26
16. "Folk Bit" Instrumental 0:35
17. "Victory of Love" Silambarasan 0:56
18. "Valla Valla Vallavan" Blaaze 1:10
19. "Kadhal Vandhale (Music)" Instrumental 1:31
20. "Ilamai Idho + Pothuvaga (Remix)" Silambarasan 1:45
Total length: 22:40


Critical reception[edit]

Vallavan received mixed to positive reviews from critics at the time of release and has developed a cult status over the years. The Hindu wrote: "Vallavan's basic sketch is simpler than Manmadhan, though the maker has lent it his trademark frills".[5] Sify gave 2.5/5 stars to Vallavan and said: "If you are looking for some wholesome entertainment, then Vallavan is worth your time and money".[6] commented: "On a positive note, the glamorous quotient of three heroines along with music and the youth element can play to Vallavan’s advantage".[7] Oneindia wrote: "Yuvan's music and Santhanam's comedy provide the much-needed relief as the film's dark and tension filled screenplay roils throughout with murky games of passion and revenge."[8]

Box office[edit]

Vallavan performed well at the box office. The film also featured, prior to release, in "most awaited" lists from entertainment sites. The film got a grand release during Diwali 2006 along with other films like Ajith's Varalaru, Jiiva's E, Arya's Vattaram and Sarath Kumar's Thalaimagan. Due to the pre-release hype it created, Vallavan received a grand opening and became a financial success.


While filming for Vallavan, Nayantara was romantically linked with the film's director and co-actor Silambarasan. She initially denied the reports. In November 2006, however, she confirmed that she and Silambarasan had broken up, going on to add that she would not work with him again. However, they later went on to appear in Idhu Namma Aalu (2016).[9] During the making, actress Reemma Sen threatened legal action against Silambarasan after he made changes to the scope of her role in the film.[10] She later stated she regretted her claim and was proud to have won critical acclaim for the character.[11]


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