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Dhanush in venghai.jpg
Release poster
Directed by Hari
Produced by B. Bharathireddy
Screenplay by Hari
Story by Hari
Starring Dhanush
Prakash Raj
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography Vetri
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Vijaya Productions
Distributed by Vijaya Productions
Release dates
  • 8 July 2011 (2011-07-08)
Running time
155 minutes
Language Tamil

Venghai (Tamilவேங்கை, Vēṅkai ?; English: Cheetah) is a 2011 Tamil action-masala film directed by Hari, starring Dhanush and Tamannaah.[1] The story is based in Sivagangai district. The film started shooting in November 2010 at Trichy,[2] and was released on 8 July to mixed reviews. Later the film was dubbed in Hindi as Meri Taqat Mera Faisla and in Telugu as Simha Putrudu.


Veera Pandi (Raj Kiran), landlord who is also the most respected person in Pandiapuram, a hamlet near Sivaganga. He is a do-gooder who commands respect from all and is feared the most by his enemies. Selvam (Dhanush) is his loyal son, who always does the right things at the right time and sees his father as his role model. Rajalingam (Prakash Raj), the local MLA, who has risen to his position mostly because of the influence enjoyed by Veera Pandi in the region. Rajalingam doesn't share the good motives of Veera Pandi. He has come into politics to enjoy power and earn lot of money. Veera Pandi tries to influence him, but the MLA has no intention to listen to him. At the same time, he cannot afford to ignore Veera Pandi. Meanwhile,Veera Pandi, who has many enemies because of his strictness, wants to protect his son from them. So he sends him to his uncle who lives in Trichy.

Selvam meets his childhood friend Radhika (Tamannaah) in Trichy. Selvam tries to revive the friendship, but the girl avoids him. Selvam pursues her and expresses his love. Radhika responds positively after a lot of hesitation. Rajalingam tries to eliminate Selvam, to tame his father. Though Selvam tries to avoid any confrontation to satisfy his father, he is forced to take the sickle soon. He defeats Rajalingam's plans. This incident makes Rajalingam more furious. He manages to become a minister and uses his power to insult Veera Pandi. Selvam defuses his efforts and Rajalingam is ready for final show down. Selvam is ready to face anything to save his father.



It was announced in 2010 that Hari and Dhanush would collaborate.[3] Title was said to be "Aruva"[4] but Hari denied that he would never keep such title[5] instead title is announced as "Venghai".[1] The film started its shooting in November 2010 at Trichy,[2] took place in Karaikudi, Kutralam, and Munnar. The song sequences have been shot in Phuket Islands and Malaysia.[6] the film will release above 350+ screens in India.

Venghai was Hari's first collaboration with Dhanush, his second film with Vijaya Productions after Thamirabharani. This was Dhanush's second collaboration with Vijaya Productions and Tamanna after Padikkathavan.


Critical reception[edit]

Venghai received mixed reviews from critics. Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan gave the film 2.5 out of 5, labelling it as "tedious" and "an overdose of rural action", further claiming that it was "so overlaid with unnecessary bloodshed, repetitive action and predictable plot twists, that after a point you lose interest".[7] Behindwoods gave 2.5 out of 5 and deemed that Venghai was "another Hari film with his usual ingredients but sans his usual spirit and this film might work for people who seek action entertainers set in villages."[8] Rohit Ramachandran of rated it 1/5, calling it "cheap entertainment."[9] IBN Live gave 2.5 of 5 citing that the film was "typical Hari style formula movie [...] Despite the predictable story, Hari has managed to make the script interesting to some extent [...] The major flaw is that the story and screenplay have nothing new. Everything happens in a predictable manner.[10] KollyInsider gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, claimed it as a 'Masala Entertainer'.[11] Another portal, Indiaglitz said "Venghai is an entertainer that is racy and pacy. At the same time, there is no denial that a section of the audience would grouse, alleging that the film has nothing new to offer. But they are not Hari's target..."[12]

Box office[edit]

The film collected 8.9 million worldwide on its opening weekend.[13]


Venghai Artwork.jpg
Original CD Cover
Soundtrack album by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 10 June 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 24:40
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Behindwoods 2/5 stars[14]

The film's music was scored by Devi Sri Prasad.

All lyrics written by Viveka, except where noted. 

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Dhenam Dhenam" (Rap: Baba Sehgal) Benny Dayal, Baba Sehgal 4:47
2. "Kaalangathale"   Karthik 5:12
3. "Yenna Solla Pore" (Hari) Devi Sri Prasad, M. L. R. Karthikeyan 4:26
4. "Orey Oru"   Tippu, Harini 3:58
5. "Pudikale Pudikudhu"   Mukesh, Suchitra 4:17
Total length:


  1. ^ a b "Dhanush and Hari take 'Aruva' - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "'Venghai' on floors - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hari to work with Dhanush ???". Kollywood Today. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dhanush’s next with Hari titled ‘Aruva’". Kollywood Today. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Title change for Hari’s ‘Aruva’". Kollywood Today. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Song sequences for Vengai has been shot in Phuket Islands". Kollywood Today. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Venghai Review - Tamil Movie Review by Rohit Ramachandran". 8 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Venghai film review". IBN 
  11. ^ "Venghai Movie Review, Rating". 
  12. ^ "Venghai - A Dejavu ride". Indiaglitz. Retrieved August 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Venghai Music Review - Venghai Music Review". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 

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