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Film Poster
Directed by Jai Krishna
Produced by Nemichand Jhabak
V. Hitesh Jhabak
Screenplay by Jai Krishna
Story by Jai Krishna
Starring Vijay Sethupathi
Music by S. Thaman
Cinematography Bala Bharani
Edited by Suresh Urs
Release date
  • 21 November 2014 (2014-11-21)
Running time
156 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Vanmam (English: Vengeance) is a 2014 Indian Tamil action drama film directed by Jai Krishna, a former assistant of Kamal Haasan.[1] It features Vijay Sethupathi, Kreshna and Sunaina in the lead roles.[2] The film has music scored by S. Thaman and cinematography by Balabharani.[3][4] It is a rural tale about the life of two friends, played by Sethupathi and Kreshna.[1][5] In spite of expectations the movie didn't perform well at the box office. The film was highly panned by the critics for its poor screenplay. The movie marked the biggest flop for Vijay Sethupathi.



In August 2013, it was confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi would be doing a film with Kreshna titled Vanmam which means "vengeance".[6] Filming began in late April 2014 in Nagercoil.[2] and was shot in and around Kanyakumari district[1] for about 37 days, during which 60% of the filming had been completed.[7] Vijay Sethupathi joined the cast from the second schedule onward.[8] The final schedule began on 15 June 2014 and ended on 10 July 2014. The action sequences were canned during the final schedule of the film.[9] The shooting was wrapped up 3 days earlier on 7 July 2014.


Soundtrack album by S. Thaman
Released 2 September 2014
Recorded 2013-2014
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 18.27
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer S. Thaman
S. Thaman chronology
Pandaga Chesko
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S. Thaman composed the music for the film. The audio launch of the film was scheduled to take place on 28 August 2014,[10] but was postponed to 2 September 2014. The audio rights were purchased by Sony Music India.[11]

The soundtrack received mixed reviews from critics. Behindwoods wrote, "Vanmam - de-ja-vu of Thaman’s earlier albums", and rated the album 1.75/5.[12] M. K. Surendhar of Onlykollywood gave 2.35/5 and concluded, "Thaman's lacklustre run in Kollywood continues while he's soaring heights in Tollywood."[13] Indiaglitz wrote, "Thaman's last release Meaghamann is a cool album with just 3 songs and a theme track. He has dished out a similar stuff in Vanmam."[14] Karthik of Milliblog wrote, "But for occasional inventiveness, this familiar, predictable output from Thaman is distressing."[15] Siddarth Srinivas of Cinemalead gave 2 out of 5 and concluded, "Though the autotune tsunami bashes this album to an extent, Thaman has come up with decent songs in "Manamae" and "Aetti Enga Porae". The saturation point has been breached for the composer, and its high time he comes up with innovative music. Otherwise, he better stick to the Telugu industry where he is a celebrated figure!"[16]

Track list[edit]

All lyrics written by Yugabharathi.

1."Aetti Enga Porae"M. M. Manasi, Nivas4:29
2."Paadatta Paadatta"Hariharasudhan, Velmurugan3:58
3."Manamae Manamae"Pooja Vaidyanath, Suchith Suresan5:19
4."Raasa Raasa"M. M. Monisha4:17
Total length:18:03

Critical reception[edit]

Baradwaj Rangan for The Hindu called Vanmam "just about the vilest thing I've sat through in recent times. The emotional beats are buried so deep they're hardly discernible, and what's on the surface is a generic mix of love and drama and sentiment and action. There's not a thing that's new".[17] The Times of India gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "The worrying bit about the film is that nothing feels really at stake. The director, who nicely captures milieu, hasn't done so when it comes to characters and plot. The result is that the film often seems like a morality drama turned into a rural masala".[18] Sify wrote, "It is a story that has been told from time immemorial, and there is nothing fresh in presentation or treatment. And terrible screenplay aggravates the misery" going on to call it a "clichéd long and boring movie".[19] Rediff wrote, "Director Jai Krishna’s Vanmham is just another ordinary, highly predictable and melodramatic revenge drama that seriously tests your patience".[20]

In contrast, The New Indian Express wrote, "Weaving a fairly engaging tale and moving his narration with focus and assurance, the director establishes his credentials in his very first effort".[21]


  1. ^ a b c V. Lakshmi (5 September 2013). "Vijay Sethupathi, Kreshna become friends". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Vijay Sethupathi's 'Vanmam' kicks off". The New Indian Express. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi's film commences in Kanyakumari". Indiaglitz. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ Naig, Udhav (16 April 2014). "Udhayanidhi ropes in Ahmed to direct his next". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi is a ruffian in 'Vanmam'". Indiaglitz. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  6. ^ "The Vengeance of Vijay Sethupathy". Behindwoods. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Vanmam's Marudhanayagam connection and more ..". Behindwoods. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi's Vengeance started from yesterday". Behindwoods. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  9. ^ "VIJAY SETHUPATHI AND KRESHNA FIGHTS AT THE 'VANMAM' SHOOTING SPOT VIDEO". Behindwoods. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  10. ^ "'Vanmam' audio launch on August 28". The Times of India. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  11. ^ "'Vanmam' audio launch on Sep 2". way2movies. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  12. ^ "VANMAM SONGS REVIEW". Behindwoods. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  13. ^ M. K. Surendhar (2 September 2014). "Vanmam Songs Review". Onlykollywood. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Vanmam - One more short and sweet album from, Thaman". Indiaglitz. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  15. ^ Karthik (2 September 2014). "Vanmam (Music review), Tamil – Thaman". Milliblog. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  16. ^ Srinivas, Siddarth (2 September 2014). "VANMHAM AKA VANMAM MUSIC REVIEW". Cinemalead. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
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