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Film poster
Tamil வல்லினம்
Directed by Arivazhagan
Produced by V. Ravichandran
Written by Arivazhagan
Starring Nakul
Mrudhula Basker
Atul Kulkarni
Music by S. Thaman
Cinematography Bhaskaran K.M
Edited by V J Sabu Joseph
Distributed by Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release date
  • 28 February 2014 (2014-02-28)
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 60 million
Box office 125 million

Vallinam (English: Hardness) is a 2014 Tamil sports drama film written and directed by Arivazhagan and produced by Aascar Ravichandran.[1] The film features Nakul and newcomer Mrudhula Basker in the lead roles. Vallinam opened to positive reviews from critics and audiences.


The film starts with Krishna (Nakul) and Shiva (Kreshna). They are childhood friends studying in the same college and they are prominent basketball players preparing for a national-level basketball tournament. Following the events of the college, Shiva dies due to heart attack because he was hit by a basketball shot by Krishna. This makes Krishna end his college career. He then joins a new college where a basketball game is teased by a cricket team there. The story lines up when Krishna takes on basketball again and wins the national-level tournament.



The film was earlier titled as Acham Thavir and planned with Arulnithi in the lead role, who later opted out.[2][3] This film revolves around a basketball player and Nakul underwent special training to "ensure that he lived the role rather than act".[4][5]

Telugu actress Bindu Madhavi was initially signed to portray the lead female character.[6] However, reports in November 2011 confirmed that she was dropped from the project since the director and the crew were not impressed with her performance.[7] She was subsequently replaced film by a newcomer Mrudhula,[8] while other reports during production claimed that Nakul had been replaced by Jai, although this proved untrue.[8][9] Latest addition marathi actor Atul Kulkarni is playing a crucial role in this film.[10][11] Siddharth Jonnalagadda who acted in the Telugu film Love Before Wedding was selected to play another villain.[12]

During production, the makers of the film ran into crowd trouble with students attempting to get autographs from Nakul when he was preparing for the shoot, they were subsequently prevented in doing so from the crew of the film prompting a student protest.[13] The team worked for 72 hours without break for a particular scene which was shot near the Chengalpet railway station.[14]


The soundtrack was composed by S. Thaman collaborating with Arivazhagan for second time. Kamal Hassan was said to be approached to sing a song in the film which proved false.[15]

Soundtrack album by S. Thaman
  • 11 March 2013 (2013-03-11)
Length 19:10
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer T. Abdullah
S. Thaman chronology

All lyrics written by Viveka, except where noted [16].

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Maaman Machaan" Silambarasan, S. Thaman & Mukesh :32
2. "Uyiril Uyiril" Haricharan 4:48
3. "Nakula" (Parvathi) Nakul & Andrea Jeremiah 3:14
4. "Uyiril Uyiril (Reprise)" S. Thaman 2:33
5. "Vallinam" (Vaali) Sriram Parthasarathy, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen Madhav & KG Ranjith 3:43


The satellite rights of the film were secured by Jaya TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. Although completed way before in early 2013, the film's theatrical release was delayed due to unknown reasons. It finally released on 28 February 2014.


National Award for Best Editor


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  2. ^ "Nakul replaces Arulnidhi in Arivazhagan film". Kolly Talk. 2011-05-10. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Nakul thrilled about Vallinam". IndiaGlitz. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Eeram Director's Next Vallinam". 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  5. ^ "My film will focus on basketball: Arivazhagan". The Times Of India. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Nakul thrilled about 'Vallinam'". Indiaglitz. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Bindu is out of Vallinam!". The Times Of India. 
  8. ^ a b "Eeram director returns". NDTV. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  9. ^ "வல்லினத்தில் ஜெய்?". Indiaglitz. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  10. ^ "Atul Kulkarni in 'Vallinam'". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Dhanush And Madhavan's Villain Is Back". Behindwoods. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  12. ^ "Sidhu Jonnalagadda, Atul Kulkarni in 'Vallinam'". 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  13. ^ "Nakul draws students' ire". 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  14. ^ "Nakul shoots non-stop for 72 hours". Indiaglitz. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  15. ^ "Kamal Haasan To Croon For Vallinam". Behindwoods. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  16. ^ "Vallinam Lyrics Details". Song2Lyrics. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 

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