|Produced by||V. Ravichandran|
|Music by||S. Thaman|
|Edited by||V J Sabu Joseph|
|Distributed by||Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd|
|Box office||₹125 million|
Vallinam (English: Hardness) is a 2014 Tamil sports drama film written and directed by Arivazhagan and produced by Aascar Ravichandran. 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.
- Nakul as Krishna
- Mrudhula Basker as Meera
- Siddharth Jonnalagadda as Vamsi
- Anaswara Kumar as Anu
- Amzath Khan as Guna
- Atul Kulkarni
- Jagan as Jagan
- Y. Gee. Mahendra
- Anupama Kumar
- Mathivanan Rajendran
- Jayaprakash as Krishnamurthy
- Santhana Bharathi as Puzhaldasan
- Kreshna as Shiva (Cameo)
- Aadhi (Cameo)
- RJ Balaji (Cameo)
- SaravanaPraksh as Balaji
The film was earlier titled as Acham Thavir and planned with Arulnithi in the lead role, who later opted out. This film revolves around a basketball player and Nakul underwent special training to "ensure that he lived the role rather than act".
Telugu actress Bindu Madhavi was initially signed to portray the lead female character. 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. She was subsequently replaced film by a newcomer Mrudhula, while other reports during production claimed that Nakul had been replaced by Jai, although this proved untrue. Latest addition marathi actor Atul Kulkarni is playing a crucial role in this film. Siddharth Jonnalagadda who acted in the Telugu film Love Before Wedding was selected to play another villain.
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. The team worked for 72 hours without break for a particular scene which was shot near the Chengalpet railway station.
|Soundtrack album by S. Thaman|
|S. Thaman chronology|
All lyrics written by Viveka, except where noted .
|1.||"Maaman Machaan"||Silambarasan, S. Thaman & Mukesh||:32|
|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.
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