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Film Poster
Directed by Vasanthabalan
Produced by S. Shankar
Written by Vasanthabalan
Starring Bharath
Ravi Mariya
Sriya Reddy
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography R. Madhi
Edited by Mathan Gunadeva
Distributed by S Pictures
Release date
  • 8 December 2006 (2006-12-08)
Language Tamil
Budget 20 million (equivalent to 45 million or US$700,000 in 2016)
Box office 300 million (equivalent to 670 million or US$10 million in 2016)

Veyil (English: Summer) is a 2006 Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Vasanthabalan. Bharath and Pasupathy are the heroes whereas Bhavana, Priyanka and Sriya Reddy plays the female leads. Upon release, the movie met with highly positive reviews and was commercially successful.


The story is told through the protagonist Murugesan (Pasupathy) who recalls his childhood in Virudhunagar town. His father is a butcher who works hard to bring up his four children — two boys and two girls, and has a happy family.

Murugesan dotes on his younger brother Kathir and his weakness, like any other adolescent is love for movies (especially MGR films) that are screened in a local theatre. But one day life changes for him when his father catches him red-handed from the theatre after he bunks school. The child is severely punished. He runs away from home taking money and jewels.

Along the way Murugesan gets sidetracked from his intended destination of Chennai by an MGR Movie poster. He's shown watching several MGR shows, buying a change of clothes and eating a hearty meal with his ill-gotten money. After spending the night at local temple, he wakes up to find his money and other possessions missing. Murugesan is then taken under the wings of a theatre projectionist in a nearby town and slowly the theatre becomes his home. As an adult, he falls in love with Thangam (Priyanka), a beautiful girl who lives opposite the theatre but their love story does not have a happy ending, and ends in Thangam's suicide because her father and his relatives beat up Murugesan and hang him, trying to kill him, because they don't like him. At that moment Thangam shows up, with a knife, and threatens to kill herself if they don't release Murugesan, as they don't release him, she cuts her throat, and dies. Murugesan is heartbroken, and released at that moment after Thangam’s death and begins to drink a lot. Sometime later the theatre is demolished, the owner citing loss of business.

He decides to return home after 20 years. The rest of the film is all about Murugesan’s mental turmoil, as he is caught between the deep love showered by his younger brother Kathir (Bharath) who runs a successful advertising agency and his guilt of not being a responsible son or elder brother. There is a parallel love story between Meenakshi (Bhavana), an innocent girl and Kathir. Then there is Pandi (Sriya Reddy) who is Murugesan's childhood sweetheart.The rest of the story is about what happens to Murugesan and Kathir.



Soundtrack was composed by debutant G. V. Prakashkumar, nephew of A. R. Rahman and lyrics for all songs were written by Na. Muthukumar.[1] All the songs including "Veyilodu Vilayadi" and "Urugudhe" were well received.

Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released 2006
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Hit Music
Ayngaran Music
An Ak Audio
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Oram Po
(2007)Oram Po2007
Song title Singers
Veyilodu Vilaiyadi Jassie Gift, Kailash Kher, Tippu, Prasanna
Kaadhal Neruppin Karthik, Chinmayi
Urugudhe Maragudhe Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal
Chetavadam Manicka Vinayakam
Iraivanai Prashanthini
Ooran Thotathhilae Jassie Gift, Tippu


  • It is the first Tamil language film screened at Cannes as part of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival under the 'Tous les Cinemas du Monde’ section.[2]
  • Sandhya was supposed to play the female lead but was replaced by Bhavana
  • The first third of Veyil is very loosely based upon the 1988 Italian classic Cinema Paradiso
  • The film grossed $8 million at the box office.
  • Alamparai Fort was the location of scenes in the movie.


  • Cannes International Film Festival 2007 - Screened under [TOUS LES CINEMAS DU MONDE]
  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2007 - Nominee under [Asian New Talent Award]
  • Habitat International Film Festival 2007 - Screened
  • Pune International Film Festival 2007 - Screened under [INDIAN BIOSCOPE][3]


Critical reception[edit]

Rediff wrote "Director Vasantha Balan has deftly handled the script, making it his own. By maintaining an energetic pace throughout, he ensures the story doesn't become monotonous or conventional, despite the somewhat predictable plot. His characters are distinctly human with myriad personality flaws, so that the audience can identify with them".[5] Behindwoods wrote "Veyil is an emotional epic. A must watch for all especially parents."[6] Indiaglitz wrote "Vasanthabalan's success also lies in smartly setting the mood for his method. The story is part told in the place the story unspools. The ambience gets across the story as much as the characters do."[7] Sify wrote "Once again Shankar has introduced Vasantha Balan a director who understands the nuances of making a realistic film with well-etched out characters and strong screenplay."[8]


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