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|Produced by||Prakash Raj|
|Based on||Udayananu Tharam|
by Sreenivasan & Rosshan Andrrews
M. S. Bhaskar
|Music by||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Cinematography||M. V. Panneerselvam|
K. V. Guhan
|Edited by||M. Kasi Vishwanathan|
|Distributed by||Duet Films|
Velli Thirai (lit. Silver Screen) is a 2008 Indian Tamil-language satirical film directed by debutant Viji and produced by Prakash Raj. It is a remake of the 2005 Malayalam film Udayananu Tharam. 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, amongst others, 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.The movie was failed to do well at box office.
When Saravanan goes to Hyderabad, Kanniah plagiarizes his 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 cannot make his film unless Dilipkanth plays the hero. Because of this, they lead into minor problems, which annoy Saravanan and their team. The shooting starts with Dilipkanth as the 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 his 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.
|M. S. Baskar||Ram Gopal Sharma|
|Prathap Pothan||Cameo appearance|
|Jayam Ravi||Cameo appearance|
|Trisha Krishnan||Cameo appearance|
|Lakshmi Rai||Cameo appearance|
|Shama Sikander||Cameo appearance|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology|
The soundtrack consisted of five songs composed by G. V. Prakash.
|"Kanchi Paanai"||K. S. Chitra, Jassie Gift|
|"Sooriyane"||Lucky Ali, Rahul Nambiar|
|"Thaiyya Thaiyya"||Shreya Ghoshal|
|"Vizhiyilae"||K. S. Chitra|