Vettaikaaran (2009 film)

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Vettaikaaran 2009 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. Babusivan
Produced byM. Balasubramanian
Gurunath Meiyappan
Written byB. Babusivan
Anushka Shetty
Sayaji Shinde
Salim Ghouse
Music byVijay Antony
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Distributed bySun Pictures (India)
Ayngaran International(UK)
Sri Sai Ganesh Productions(Telugu)
Release date
  • 18 December 2009 (2009-12-18)
Running time
166 minutes
Budget29 crore[1]
Box office70 crore[2]

Vettaikaaran (lit. Hunter) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by debutant B. Babusivan and produced by AVM Productions. The film stars Vijay and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles while Srihari, Salim Ghouse, Sayaji Shinde and Ravi Shankar played supporting roles. Gopinath handled cinematography while V. T. Vijayan was the film's editor. This was Vijay's first film with AVM Productions.

The film was one of the highest grossing Tamil films of 2009.[3] The film collected ₹70 crore at the domestic box office alone in 2009.[2] The film has collected $1,399,911 at the overseas box office in 2009 summing up a total gross of ₹80 crore worldwide.[4] The story is a tale of unexpected events in the life of auto rickshaw driver due to conspiracy by a crime boss.


Ravi (Vijay), a youth from Thoothukudi, aspires to become a policeman like his role model, Chennai-based Encounter Specialist DCP Devaraj IPS (Srihari). After completing the twelfth standard on his fifth attempt, he joins a college in Chennai and partly earns a living by driving an auto rickshaw. During the course, he meets an information technology (IT) professional Susheela (Anushka Shetty) and falls in love with her instantly. Although Susheela rejects Ravi's advances at first, Ravi gets help from her grandmother (Sukumari), and succeeds in winning Susheela's heart.

Meanwhile, the entire district is ruled and Devaraj has been relieved from Police duty, without anyone's notice. Don Chella (Ravi Shankar), a local rowdy and a deep womaniser, meets Ravi's friend Uma (Sanchita Padukone) in a public place, where she is taking donations for some cause, and immediately develops an infatuation with her body. When Uma asks Chella to contribute money, he willingly donates, but violates her modesty by placing the money between her breasts. Chella abducts all of Uma's father's vehicles, and blackmails them to send Uma to him for one day in exchange for all vehicles.

Uma's father declines and is about to send her out of town to their village. Ravi learns out what had happened to Uma, and he comes to her defense and heavily beats up Chella, hospitalizing him. His troubles start from there as Chella's father, the most powerful, rich and prime don named Vedanayagam (Salim Ghouse), with the help of his right-hand man, a corrupt police officer ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) Kattabomman (Sayaji Shinde), begin to create havoc in Ravi's life. Ravi is soon imprisoned on a false case of drug smuggling and is expelled from his college. Only Susheela and Ravi's friend Valayapathi (Srinath) are willing to help him. Susheela goes to Devaraj and pleads with him to help Ravi, but Devaraj initially refuses to help as his entire family was murdered by Vedanayagam, and he himself was blinded by Vedanayagam because he had taken action against him and his gang. However, with the help of his henchmen, he saves Ravi from being killed in a fake encounter led by Kattabomman.

Ravi then visits Devaraj and knows the truth about him. Without a way into the society, Ravi visits Vedanayagam himself. Vedanayagam gives Ravi a tour of his whole empire and life history. He tells Ravi that his only key was the Fear about him in people's minds. He orders a driver of his illegal spirit factory about to smuggle his illicit liquor to drop Ravi on the way. But Ravi abducts the vehicle en route. Ravi then visits Kattabomman. He blackmails Kattabomman into registering a case against Vedhanayagam for smuggling liquor, as he has kidnapped Kattabomman's second wife. Ravi also takes help from a local rich businessmen and clears some cases against him. Ravi also kills the terrorist whose encounter he was to be killed, by using Kattabomman's gun.

It is at this stage, that Ravi takes on a new persona called "Police" Ravi to clean up the illegal activities of Vedanayagam and instill hope in the public, something that Devaraj was unable to do. He removes all instincts of fear and ruins Vedanayagam's future plans. Chella suddenly awakens from his coma, and pressurizes Kattabomman to kill Ravi. When Kattabomman fails to do so, Chella sleeps with Kattabomman's second wife and kicks Kattabomman out, reforming him. Due to Ravi's increasing power, Vedanayagam kills Ravi's close friend Sugu (Sathyan). This prompts Ravi to destroy all of Vedanayagam's properties and kill Chella in revenge. Vedanayagam decides soon after to become the Home Minister to prevent Ravi from targeting him and his activities.

Vedanayagam bribes and blackmails the Chief Minister and gets himself to be soon appointed as the Home Minister. He then bombs his own meeting and blames it all on Ravi. Ravi's supporters are attacked, and Ravi decides to face Vedanayagam alone. Ravi arrives at the Vedanayagam's Tea Stall, where Vedanayagam is about to leave for the ceremony and fights his henchmen. As Ravi finally plans to kill the soon-to-be Home Minister Vedanayagam, the police arrive to arrest him. However, Ravi sees Devaraj in the crowd and shouts Vedanayagam's location to him just as he is being arrested, allowing Devaraj to assassinate Vedanayagam, effectively taking his revenge. In the end, Devaraj is reinstated into the police force as a trainer and offers to make Ravi a police officer, as he can nominate him as his heir. However, Ravi refuses, stating that he has found the police officer within himself and that is all he needs to succeed in life.




During the filming of Kuruvi, directed by S. Dharani, B. Babusivan served as one of his assistant directors in the film and wrote the dialogues. Sivan was later prompted to begin his maiden directorial venture with Vijay in the lead role. He was eventually chosen as the director for the next feature film to be produced AVM Productions. The project was originally titled as Police Ravi but in August 2008 it was re-titled as Vettaikkaaran, taken from the Vettaikaaran (1964 film) starring M. G. Ramachandran.[5]

Vettaikaran was formally launched the next month. The film's director Babusivan, producers M. Balasubramaniam and B. Gurunath Meyyappan, Vijay and his wife, Vijay Antony, S. A. Chandrasekhar and director Dharani were present at the film's inauguration.


Commercial directors Perarasu and Hari were mentioned, but AVM Productions chose B. Babusivan to be the director of the film.[6][7]

Several actresses were considered for the lead female role with Shriya Saran, Tamannaah, Ileana D'Cruz, Bhavana, Asin,[8] Nayantara and Anushka Shetty[9] being considered for the role. Afterwards, Anushka was finalized to portray the role. Cinematographer Gopinath was chosen to be the lead cameraman in the film after Ravi Varman was dropped from the film.[10] V. T. Vijayan was signed as the film's editor.


Vijay experimented with his look in two songs. In "Karigalan", the left half of his body is a man where the right half is a female. The look in Karigalan was suggested by Dinesh after he watched Aamir Khan in a Tata Sky advertisement. In "Oru Chinna Thamarai", Vijay sports a long hair wig. Regarding his long hair look, Vijay reveals that he "always wanted to" try long hair.[11]


Soundtrack album by
Released23 September 2009 (2009-09-23)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Vijay Antony chronology
Rasikkum Seemane

Soundtrack was composed by Vijay Antony.


No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics Picturization
1 "Naan Adicha" Shankar Mahadevan 4:37 Kabilan Rajahmundry
2 "Karigalan Kala" Suchith Suresan, Sangeetha Rajeshwaran 4:17 Kabilan Pollachchi
3 "Puli Urumudhu" Ananthu, Mahesh Vinayakram 4:17 Kabilan AVM Studio and Madurai
4 "Oru Chinna Thamarai" Krish, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Bonekilla, Suchitra 4:35 Viveka Punai
5 "En Uchimandai" Krishna Iyer, Shoba Chandrasekhar, Charulatha Mani, Shakthisree Gopalan, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:12 Annamalai AVM


No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics Picturization
1 "Adugesthey" Tippu 4:37 Vennelakanthi Rajahmundry
2 "Karimabbu" Saketh Naidu, Kavitha 4:17 Vennelakanthi Pollachchi
3 "Pul Vetidi" Ramu 4:17 Vennelakanthi AVM Studio and Madurai
4 "Yeda Alapai" Rakhi, Veena 4:35 Bhuvanachandra Punai
5 "Thikkedo" R.S. John Vianni, Aishwarya 4:12 Bhuvanachandra AVM Studio


Critical reception[edit]

Sify gave the film a 4/5 star rating, and wrote the "major plus for the movie are the five peppy songs tuned by Vijay Antony which are choreographed well ... The action scenes by Kanal Kannan are superbly choreographed. Gopinath’s camera is slick and editing is fast-paced".[12] Behindwoods rated 2/5 and stated "The charismatic screen presence of Vijay, enjoyable musical tracks, sparkling stunts, fiery punch lines, the signature lighter moments and foot tapping numbers, makes the movie entertain the family audience, and stated that director B. Babusivan had made a wholesome family entertainer movie.[13] The Times of India gave 2.5 stars out of 5 criticising Babusivan for failing to properly tell the story in the second half.[14]


Award Category Recipient Result
Vijay Awards Favourite Hero Vijay Won
Favourite Heroine Anushka Won
Favourite Film Vettaikaran Nominated
Favourite Song Chinna Thamarai Won
Best Music Director Vijay Antony Nominated
Best Villain Salim Ghouse Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Krish Nominated
Best Lyricist Kabilan Nominated
Best Stunt Director Kanal Kannan Nominated
Filmfare Awards South
Best Lyricist Kabilan
Best Lyricist Vivega
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Male Playback Singer Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Female Playback Singer Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Edison Awards Best Male Playback Singer Krish Won
South Scope Cine Awards Best Tamil Male Play Back Singer Krish
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)
Best Tamil Female Playback Singer Suchitra
(Oru Chinna Thamarai)


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  13. ^ Vettaikaran – Tamil Movie Reviews – Vettaikaran Vijay Anushka Vijay Antony Babu Sivan. Retrieved on 2015-04-18.
  14. ^ Vettaikaran Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. (20 December 2009). Retrieved on 18 April 2015.

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