|Produced by||M. Chinthamani|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
Sree Rajakaalaiamman Medias
|Distributed by||Kalasangham Films|
Vel (transl. Spear) is a 2007 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Hari and produced by Mohan Natarajan. It stars Suriya, Asin and Kalabhavan Mani. Suriya plays a dual role as identical twins. The film also features Vadivelu, Lakshmi, Saranya Ponvannan, Charan Raj, Ambika, and Nassar in supporting roles. The film's score and soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Priyan handled the cinematography, while V. T. Vijayan handled the editing. The film released on 8 November 2007, coinciding with Diwali.
Thiyagarajan and Sharadha, a couple who have twins, lose one of them while traveling between Tirunelveli and Chennai. The child stolen by a beggar for its gold chain is abandoned at the door of a rich feudal landlord. He is brought up in the family as Vel and becomes the darling of everybody including Appatha, the family head. Meanwhile the other twin grows up and becomes a private detective Vasu, who falls in love with a television hostess, Swathi. At the same time Vel is given a tough time by Sakkara Pandi, a former minister and local strongman who has his own axe to grind. Vasu is filled with smiles and happiness, while Vel lives with sickles and rage in his battle against Sakkara Pandi.
Vel encounters Vasu while in Madras, and Vasu learns about Vel through Swathi, who spotted Vel while in his village doing a telivision broadcast. Vasu goes to Vel's village believing he was his long-long brother. While Vasu was in a bus, Sakkra Pandi planted bombs in the nearby canal believing Vel was in the bus, fortunately, Vasu escapes by jumping out the bus before the bus went past the canal. Vasu is saved by Vel's family who tried to hide him violently inside a car while Vel returned home. They blow their cover when Vasu angrily kicks Vel's uncles outside of the car windshield, enraging Vel to almost slice Vasu's neck until he realizes that Vasu is his look-alike. Vasu and Vel meet and the truth about Vel being adopted is revealed and Appatha breaks down. Vel gets mad and states that despite this, Appatha and her family is his family, and tells Vel to leave. Vasu asks Vel to come to Madras and see his actual parents, which Vel refuses. Vasu asks to stay for a few days, but Vel refuses him again. Feeling sympathetic for Vasu, Appatha Vasu permits him to stay at Vel's house for a few days, despite an enraged Vel vehemently disagreeing.
During his time, Vasu becomes close with the family and sees how much they love Vel. He realizes that sending Vel to Chennai will be very tough on everyone due to their immense love for him. Vasu befriends Kuzhandaisami, who was the son of Muthupandi, who was Vel's foster father's younger brother. He learns from Kuzhandaisami who Sakkara Pandi is and why he is a enemy to the family. 15 years ago, after Vel's grandfather Velupandi died, Vel's father Rajapandi was the head of the house and he got rid of minister Sakkra Pandi's factories and put him to jail for 3 years, Sakkra Pandi after released from jail, poisoned Rajapandi and his wife Sivagami foods and killed them without evidence while they were travelling back home. Ever since then the family eats only Appatha's homemade foods.
After Vasu leaves with a heavy heart and promising to not talk about Vel to his parents, he and Vel get into an argument which ended up with them swapping roles. Vasu offers to help Vel with Sakkara Pandi while Vel goes as Vasu to Chennai for 10 days in order to meet his actual parents for the first time, with only Kuzhandaisami knowing the truth. Swathi and Vasu's close friend Moorthy were informed of Vel coming instead of Vasu and help Vel maintain his cover as Vasu and show him around. Vasu uses non-conflict tactics to stop Sakkra Pandi and his factories which succeeds, but Appatha is poisoned by Sakkara Pandi. Kuzhandaisami calls Vel from the village and informs him of this, but the family overhears and Vasu's true identity is revealed and he is disgraced and kicked out.
An enraged Sakkara Pandi, realizing he has been tricked, openly challenges Vasu as "detective naaye" and plants bombs all over the village and threatens to murder Vel's family. Vel and Vasu team up and stop the bombs from blasting, and Vel's uncles apologize to Vasu for their earlier treatment of him, upon realizing his good heart. Vel chases Sakkara Pandi, and Sakkara Pandi's leg got caught on the railway. But Sakkra Pandi had a bomb with him and explained he would do one last killing by killing the civilians on the train. Fortunately, Vel tricks him and cuts off his leg and pushes him down where the bombs exploded, killing Sakkara Pandi. Vasu's parents, had went to Appatha and pleaded for them to give Vel to them, Appatha sadly agrees. But when Vel comes, she started crying and a few kids were begging Vel not to leave. Vasu pleads with his mother to let Vel stay here and sacrifice her son, shocking everyone. Sharadha cries, but she agrees saying "after all these years, I just hoped I can know he's alive, but instead I met him and talked with him, that is more than enough".
The movie ends on a happy note with Vasu and Vel embracing and the family worshipping the God.
- Suriya as Vetrivel & Vasudevan Twin Brothers (dual role)
- Asin as Swathi
- Kalabhavan Mani as Sakkara Pandi
- Vadivelu as Kuzhandaisami, Muthupandi's son
- Lakshmi as Arivumangai, Vetrivel's adoptive grandmother
- Saranya Ponvannan as Sharadha, Vetrivel & Vasudevan's mother
- Charan Raj as Thiyagarajan, Vetrivel & Vasudevan's father
- Nassar as Rajapandi, Vetrivel's adoptive father
- Ambika as Sivagami, Vetrivel's adoptive mother
- Raj Kapoor as Muthupandi, Rajapandi's 1st younger brother
- O. A. K. Sundar as Veerapandi, Rajapandi's 2nd younger brother
- Elavarasan as Doraipandi, Rajapandi's 3rd younger brother
- Aishwarya as Manimeghalai, Sakkara Pandi's wife
- Charle as Moorthy, Vasudevan's friend
- Devadarshini as Sarala, Swathi's elder sister
- Chaams as Gopal, Swathi's brother-in-law
- Vaiyapuri as Mokkasami, Sakkara Pandi's sidekick
- Singamuthu as Shamugam, Sakkara Pandi's accountant
- Crane Manohar as Ayyakannu, Kuzhandhaisami's sidekick
- Madhan Bob as Lawyer Sundaram
- Imman Annachi as Karadimuthu
- Halwa Vasu as Arivu
- Bava Lakshmanan as Dinesh, Sakkara Pandi's best friend
- Sivaji Ganesan as Velupandi "portrait only".
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.
|Soundtrack album by|
13 October 2007 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
An Ak Audio
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
|1||"Indha Ooril"||Shankar Mahadevan||4:30||Na. Muthukumar|
|2||"Kovakkara Kiliye"||Sujatha and Tippu||4:15||Na. Muthukumar|
|3||"Aayiram Jannal"||Rahul Nambiar, Premji Amaran, Malaysia Vasudevan and Vadivelu||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||Hari|
Sify rated 3 out of 5 stars stating "Above Average".Behindwoods rated 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "A masala sale!"Rediff rated 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "The saving graces of Vel include the fact that it is slick, neat, moves at a brisk pace to keep everyone interested, displays no cleavage and has very little blood and gore in spite of the violent storyline".
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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