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|Produced by||M. Chinthamani|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Sree Rajakaalaiamman Medias
|Distributed by||Kalasangham Films|
|8 November 2007|
Vel (Staff Spear) is a 2007 Tamil language action family drama film written and directed by Hari and produced by Mohan Natarajan. It stars Suriya in dual roles as hero, Asin as heroine and Kalabhavan Mani as the villain. Besides, it features Lakshmi, Saranya Ponvannan, Vadivelu,and Nassar in supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film released on 8 November 2007, coinciding with Diwali. Upon release,the film received mostly positive reviews and was a critical and commercial success. The film was later dubbed and released in Telugu as Deva and in Hindi as Main Faisla Karunga in 2014.
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A couple (Saranya Ponvannan and Charan Raj) travel in a train to Chennai with their twin babies. During the journey, a robber kidnaps one of the babies and gets down from the train. The kidnapped baby is found by Nassar and Ambika, and they adopt and raise the baby as theirs.
27 years pass by. Vasudevan (Suriya) works for a private detective agency in Chennai and lives with his parents Saranya and Charan Raj, while the kidnapped baby is grown into Vetrivel (Suriya) in a village named Chokkampatti near Dindigul. Vel’s family is widely respected in their village for their good deeds and is also responsible for protecting the villagers from the local politician and goon Sakkara Pandi (Kalabhavan Mani). Meanwhile, Vasu's parents keep worrying for years about the fate of the lost child.
Vasu falls in love with Swathi (Asin), a TV anchor. They both decide to get married. Swathi, during a visit to Dindigul for a TV show, sees Vel involved in a local clash and informs Vasu. Vasu suspects it might be his twin brother and decides to leave to the village to get more information. Vasu goes to Vel’s home and meets him. He informs about all the incidents and wants him to come back with him to Chennai and meet his parents. Vel gets shocked knowing about his past but neglects, saying he cannot leave his adopted family and prefers to stay with them in Dindigul.
Vasu requests Vel to permit him stay with for a week in Dindigul along with Vel’s family. Vel agrees, and Vasu becomes close with the family. Vasu gets to know about Sakkara Pandi and his thirst for revenge on Vel’s family. A flashback is told , where Nassar finds about Sakkara Pandi’s illegal businesses, which made him lose his MP post and get jailed. Sakkara Pandi, after getting released from jail, poisons Nassar and Ambika and kills them. Vasu plans to send Vel to Chennai. He requests Vel to visit his biological parents disguised as Vasu and stay there for a few days so that he will get to know his mother’s love towards him. Vel agrees hesitatingly.
Vasu wants his brother to lead a peaceful life free from sickles and fights. He plans to trap Sakkara Pandi strategically rather than physical attack. Vasu brings a team of investigative officers from his detective agency and asks them to closely monitor Sakkara Pandi’s moves and gather his family details. Vel meets his parents in Chennai and stays with them without revealing his true identity. But Swathi’s relatives plan for a ring exchange ceremony between Vel and Swathi, mistaking him as Vasu. Vel discloses to his parents that he is the elder son lost years back, which surprises his parents.
Vasu calls Swathi to assist him, whereby she is sent to Sakkara Pandi’s house to interview his wife (Aishwarya), thereby searching for evidence against Sakkara Pandi. Sakkara Pandi’s college is sealed for selling drugs to students, and Vasu gets evidence of Sakkara Pandi frequently visiting the nearby forest for hunting wild animals. Sakkara Pandi gets arrested by police. He poisons the food provided for Appatha (Lakshmi) though she is saved by Vasu. Knowing this, Vel rushes from Chennai to Dindigul to meet Appatha. Vel’s family comes to know it was Vasu in disguise of Vel, which angers them. They scold Vasu and ask him to leave the place immediately. Vasu leaves with Swathi.
Sakkara Pandi plants a bomb in his sugar factory and plans to kill all the villagers working there. Vasu and Vel get to know about his plans and fight together against Sakkara Pandi, following which Sakkara Pandi's leg gets stuck between railway tracks. Vel amputates his leg to save the train; however, Sakkara Pandi dies due to the explosion of the bomb carried by him. Vasu asks his mother to let her allow Vel to stay in Dindigul itself as the entire family will feel the pain of losing a son who was raised for 27 years by them. She understands and says she is happy that both sons are leading a very good life, and she does not want to hurt the entire family by taking away Vel with them. Finally, Vel stays with his adopted family in Dindigul, while Vasu and Swathi get united.
- Suriya as Vetrivel and Vasudevan
- Asin as Swathi
- Vadivelu as Kuzhandaisaami
- Kalabhavan Mani as Sakkara Pandi
- Lakshmi as Appatha, Vel's grandmother
- Saranya Ponvannan as Vasu and Vel's mother
- Charan Raj as Vasu and Vel's father
- Nassar as Vel's adoptive father
- Ambika as Vel's adoptive mother
- Raj Kapoor as Vel's uncle
- Aishwarya as Sakkara Pandi's wife
- Charle as Moorthy, Vasu's friend
- Vaiyapuri as Sakkara Pandi's sidekick
- Crane Manohar
- Madhan Bob
|Soundtrack album by|
13 October 2007 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music Entertainment|
An Ak Audio
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
Director Hari once again teamed up with composer Yuvan Shankar Raja for the musical score of Vel after having worked together in Thaamirabharani. The soundtrack of Vel was released on 13 October 2007 and features 6 songs. Lyrics were written by Na. Muthukumar and Hari. Comedian Vadivelu had lent his voice for one of the songs.
The album received mixed reviews.
|1||"Indha Ooril"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:30||Na. Muthukumar|
|2||"Kovakkara Kiliye"||Sujatha and Tippu||4:15||Na. Muthukumar|
|3||"Aayiram Jannal"||Vadivelu, Premji Amaran and Rahul Nambiar||5:13||Na. Muthukumar|
|4||"Thoppul Kodi"||Sriram Parthasarathy||2:11||Hari|
|5||"Onnapola"||Shankar Mahadevan and Srilekha Parthasarathy||4:03||Na. Muthukumar|
|6||"Ottraikannale"||Haricharan and Suchitra||4:08||Na. Muthukumar (Hari kidayadhu)|
This film's theaterical run was 50 days in 17 centers and 100 days in 13 centers making it a commercially successful venture.
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