Vetri Kodi Kattu
|Vetri Kodi Kattu|
|Produced by||Shivashakti Pandian|
|Edited by||B. Lenin|
V. T. Vijayan
Shivashakti Movie Makers
|Distributed by||Shivashakti Movie Makers|
Vetri Kodi Kattu (English: Raise the flag of victory) is a 2000 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Cheran, and starring Murali, Parthiban, with Meena, Manorama and Malavika in supporting roles. The film's score and music was composed by Deva. Comedy track between Parthiban and Vadivelu in this film considered as one of the best in Tamil Cinema.
Sekhar (Murali) lives in a village near Tenkasi with his mother Deivanai (Manorama) and two sisters. A drought hits their village, and agriculture does not prove to be profitable, which prompts Sekhar to grab the opportunity to leave for Dubai. He sells a portion of his land and gives Rs.1 Lakh to Anandaraj, who manages a firm dealing in arranging work visas to people and enabling them to migrate to Dubai.
Muthuraman (Parthiban) lives in a village near Coimbatore and works for a landlord (Vijayakumar). He falls in love with his landlord’s daughter Valli (Meena), and the couple gets married without the landlord's consent. Valli challenges her father that she will lead a good life with Muthu. To earn money, Muthu also enrolls with Anandaraj’s firm to go to Dubai. Anandaraj takes all the people enrolled with him to Chennai, and the flight is scheduled to leave the next day. To everyone’s shock, Anandaraj runs away with the corpus fund collected the same night. The police informs that Anandaraj is a fraud involved in looting money.
Everyone leaves the place with much disappointment except Sekhar and Muthu, as they are scared much thinking of the consequences to their family if they get to know about the loss of money. Sekhar and Muthu get to know about each other’s family situation and come up with a plan. Sekar goes to Muthu’s home and vice versa. Sekhar introduces himself as Muthu's friend and has returned from Dubai. Similarly, Muthu introduces to Sekhar’s family as friend of Sekhar from Dubai.
Muthu understands that though the soil in Sekhar’s land is not fit for agriculture, it can be used for grazing of cows, so he decides to buy a couple of cows with the help of Sudalaimuthu (Vadivelu), and starts a milk business. Meanwhile, Sekhar starts a small hotel business, as Valli cooks very well. Muthu’s sister Amudha (Malavika) falls in love with Sekhar, but he does not reciprocate, thinking that it would be betraying Muthu's trust. Both the family situations improve, and Valli feels proud that she has won the challenge against her father.
Valli gets furious knowing about Amudha’s love towards Sekhar and asks him to leave home. Sekhar stays in a place opposite Valli’s home. That night, Valli who was already pregnant suffers the pangs of labour. Sekhar admits her in a hospital, informs Muthu about the situation, and asks him to come immediately. Deivanai overhears Muthu’s telephone conversation with Sekhar and understands that her son is not in Dubai, as believed by everyone. Muthu apologizes to Deivanai, and everyone leaves to his village to visit Valli, where she gives birth to a baby. Everyone comes to know about Muthu and Sekhar’s plans, and they feel proud about their sacrifice for the well-being of their family members.
Pazhani (Charle), who is also cheated by Anandaraj, finds him in Coimbatore under another name and running another fake agency and informs Muthu and Sekhar. Now, Muthu and Sekhar rush to place and badly thrash Anandaraj and his men for looting the hard-earned money from the poor. Anandaraj is handed over to the police, and the Police Commissioner (Rajeev) who had reprimanded them for losing their money to Anandaraj in Chennai and is now posted in Coimbatore assures everyone that the money lost will be recovered. Meanwhile, Muthu and Sekhar make the others realize that there are plenty of opportunities available in India to earn money, and instead there is no need to leave to another country to make money leaving all the relatives and family members back there, and the Police Commissioner praises them for their views. Muthu and Sekhar reconcile with their families at the Commissioner's office, and Muthu and Valli agree to get Amudha married to Sekhar.
- Murali as Sekhar
- Parthiban as Muthuraman
- Meena as Valli
- Malavika as Amudha, Muthuraman's sister
- Vadivelu as Sudalaimuthu
- Manorama as Deivanai, Shekhar's mother
- Vijayakumar as Valli's father
- Sathyapriya as Valli's mother
- Anandaraj as Dubai Job Agency's Middleman
- Charle as Pazhani
- Ramesh Khanna as Shekhar's friend
- Crane Manohar as Shekhar's friend
- Balaji as Shekar's friend
- Rajeev as Police Commissioner11
- Dhamu - (Special Appearance) in the song Sirippu Varudhu Sirippu Varudhu
- Kovai Sarala - (Special Appearance) in the song Sirippu Varudhu Sirippu Varudhu
- Nellai Siva
- Pandu - (Special Appearance) in the song Sirippu Varudhu Sirippu Varudhu
- Bayilvan Ranganathan - (Special Appearance) as Bus Ticket Inspector
The film won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues in 2000. Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third prize) in 2000.
|Vetri Kodi Kattu|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||The Best Audio|
- Siruppu Varudhu - Deva
- Thillele Thillele - Shankar Mahadevan, Krishnaraj
- Valli Valli - Mano, K. S. Chitra
- Karupputhan Enakku pidicha colouru - Anuradha Sriram
- Latcha Latchama - Shankar Mahadevan
This film was Cheran's third and last combo with Murali and second with Parthiban. Thangar bachan was replaced by Priyan as cinematographer. The shooting for the film was held at places like Gobichettipalayam, Dindugal and Palani among other places.
Indolink wrote: "Vetrikkodi Kattu is your average, predictable, clean, and reasonably engaging Tamil movie fare". Chennaionline wrote:"'Vettrikkodi Kattu' is a well-intentioned film and fairly entertaining too. It may not be as neatly scripted and as good as Cheran's first two films. But it proves that he is on the right track". Subash of oocities.org wrote, "Wonderful story, JUST DON'T PREACH SO MUCH, Cheran."
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