Velli Thirai

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Velli Thirai
Directed by Viji
Produced by Prakash Raj
Written by Viji
Rosshan Andrrews
Based on Udayananu Tharam
by Sreenivasan & Rosshan Andrrews
Starring Prithviraj Sukumaran
Prakash Raj
M. S. Bhaskar
Sarath Babu
Pratap K. Pothen
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography M. V. Panneerselvam
K. V. Guhan
Edited by M. Kasi Vishwanathan
Distributed by Duet Films
Release date
  • 7 March 2008 (2008-03-07)
Country India
Language Tamil

Velli Thirai (lit. Silver Screen) is a 2008 Indian Tamil-language satirical film directed by debutant Viji and produced by Prakash Raj.[1] It is a remake of the 2005 Malayalam film Udayananu Tharam.[2] The film stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, as an assistant director hoping to make it big, and Gopika, his love interest, along with Prakash Raj in a prominent role. Jayam Ravi and Trisha appeared in cameo roles as themselves.

Principal photography took place in locations in India, Indonesia, and Australia. The film score and soundtrack were composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, with many songs altered from the original. The film released on 7 March 2008.


When Saravanan goes to Hyderabad, Kanniah plagiarizes Saravanan's script and pitches it to a producer, under the condition that he has to play the hero in the film. Impressed by the script, the producer agrees to the condition. The movie turns Kanniah, now rechristened Dilipkanth, into a star. Saravanan does not give up and creates another story. However, he finds out that he can't make his film unless Dilipkanth plays the hero. Because of this, they lead into minor problems, which annoy Saravanan and their team.

Shooting starts with Dilipkanth as hero, but is halted midway owing to various tantrums thrown by the new opportunistic hero. Determined to finish the movie, Saravanan seeks the help of his crew and friends in the cinema industry. Unknown to Dilipkanth, Saravanan and crew manipulate him into situations that match the storyline of the movie they are shooting for, and capture Dilipkanth's live reactions. They manage to fool Dilipkanth and finish shooting the climax of the film even as the self claimed new star makes a fool of himself. A few days later, he is invited to watch the premiere of the movie and is shocked to see the recent events of his life unfold on the silver screen. He soon realizes the effort put in by Saravanan and crew and feels humbled. He genuinely acknowledges the talent of the director and leaves the place, apologizing to Saravanan for his pathetic behavior, and agreeing that Saravanan is better than him in a very mannered way.


Actor Role
Prithviraj Saravanan
Prakash Raj Kannaiah/Dileep
Gopika Mythili
M. S. Baskar Ram Gopal Sharma
Sarath Babu Balaji
Elango Kumaravel Musthafa
Sathyan Muthu
Charle Cameo appearance
Prathap Pothan Cameo appearance
Jayam Ravi Cameo appearance
Trisha Krishnan Cameo appearance
Lakshmi Rai Cameo appearance
Sandhya Cameo appearance
Swarnamalya Cameo appearance
Shama Sikander Cameo appearance


Velli Thirai
Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released 2007
Genre Feature film soundtrack
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Evano Oruvan
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Velli Thirai

The soundtrack consisted of 5 songs composed by G. V. Prakash.

Song title Singers
"Kanchi Paanai" K. S. Chitra, Jassie Gift
"Sooriyane" Lucky Ali, Rahul Nambiar
"Thaiyya Thaiyya" Shreya Ghoshal
"Uyirilae" Naresh Iyer
"Vizhiyilae" K. S. Chitra


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