Villain (2002 film)
|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Screenplay by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Story by||Yugi Sethu|
|Edited by||K. Thanigachalam|
|Distributed by||NIC Arts|
|4 November 2002|
|Budget||₹8 crore (equivalent to ₹22 crore or US$3.0 million in 2017)|
|Box office||₹30 crore (equivalent to ₹82 crore or US$11 million in 2017)|
Villain is a 2002 Tamil heist film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar and produced by S. S. Chakravarthy. The film stars Ajith Kumar in a dual role while Meena and Kiran play female leads. Sujatha, FEFSI Vijayan, Karunaas and Ramesh Khanna appear in other significant roles, while Vidyasagar composed the score and soundtrack for the film. The film was praised for its storyline and neat screen play.This film was dubbed into Hindi as Jeet: The Mission of Success.
It opened to positive reviews and was a blockbuster hit, with Ajith's performance leading to his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
Shiva and Vishnu (both played by Ajith Kumar) are identical twins. Shiva, the elder one, is a bus conductor, while Vishnu, the younger one, has a mild intellectual disability. Shiva overhears his parents' plot to kill Vishnu. He runs away to another city with Vishnu, and strives hard to look after him.
A 'dada' Sundaramoorthy (FEFSI Vijayan), who runs a beggar trade, beats Vishnu brutally, and Vishnu becomes handicapped for life. Shiva leaves Vishnu in a home run by a social worker Lalitha (Sujatha). During the day, Shiva works as a bus conductor, and at the same time, poses as the handicapped Vishnu: to play Robin Hood and steal from the rich and corrupt. A gang including Thangam (Meena), Ramesh Khanna, and others assist him in these operations. He is never suspected, and so, with the stolen money, he takes care of not only Vishnu, but also 800 people in other institutions for the physically handicapped.
A college student Lavanya (Kiran Rathod) falls in love with Shiva, but he later comes to know she is Sundaramoorthy's sister-in-law. Matters worsen when Sundaramoorthy becomes the chairman of the institute for the physically disabled. How Shiva deals with the situation forms the rest of the story. Meanwhile, Thangam is in love with Shiva, though he does not know this. Later she gives up her love and lets Lavanya marry Shiva. At last, Shiva marries Lavanya and Thangam marries Vishnu.
- Ajith Kumar as Shiva and Vishnu
- Meena as Thangam
- Kiran as Lavanya
- Sujatha as Lalitha Subramaniam
- FEFSI Vijayan as Sundaramoorthy
- Ramesh Khanna as Shiva's friend
- Karunas as Dampudi
- Vijayakumar as Assistant Commissioner of Police
- Nizhalgal Ravi as Shiva and Vishnu's father
- Pyramid Natarajan as Minister
- Manobala as Pyramid Natarajan's brother-in-law
- Rekha as Rajalakshmi
- Santhana Bharathi as Father Karunakaran
- Crane Manohar as Shiva's friend
- Vasu Vikram as Shiva's friend
- Pandu as Police
- Bayilwan Ranganathan as Police
- Madhan Bob as Sundaramoorthy's assistant
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Minister
- R. S. Shivaji as Vinu Chakravarthy's House Security
- R. Sundarrajan
- Besant Ravi
- Kanal Kannan (special appearance)
The film saw the first collaboration of Ajith Kumar and K. S. Ravikumar, with the former revealing that he was initially reluctant to work with the director in fear of a misunderstanding. Kiran was signed the film after the success of Gemini. The shoot of the film was completed in 39 days.
|Soundtrack album to Villain by Vidyasagar|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Pathinettu Vayathil "||Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam||5:22|
|2.||"Orae Manam"||Hariharan, Chandana Bala||4:45|
|3.||"Adicha Nethi Adi"||Karthik, Swarnalatha||5:25|
|4.||"Aadiyil Kaathadicha"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||1:32|
|5.||"Hello Hello"||Sadhana Sargam, Anuradha Sriram, Tippu, Clinton Cerejo||5:04|
|6.||"Thappu Thanda"||Shankar Mahadevan, Sujatha Mohan||4:44|
|7.||"Aadiyil Kaathadicha (Sad Version)"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||1:41|
The film released alongside with Vijay starrer Bagavathi The Hindu reviewer claimed that "if you don't rack your brains about the feasibility of the hero's game plans, you could enjoy watching "Villain"" and that "Ajit scores on both fronts". Another critic cited that it was "great slag-less screenplay and some stunning performances from Ajith make this film a treat for the senses". Ajith's performance earned him second Filmfare Award for Best Actor. The film was later remade in Telugu with the same title by Rajasekhar, while the original was also dubbed into Hindi.The film became highest grossing Tamil film of the year
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