Villain (2002 film)

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Directed byK. S. Ravikumar
Produced byS.S.Chakravarthy
Screenplay byK. S. Ravikumar
Story byYugi Sethu
StarringAjith Kumar
Music byVidyasagar
S. Moorthy
Edited byK. Thanigachalam
Distributed byNIC Arts
Release date
4 November 2002
Running time
164 minutes
Budget8 crore (equivalent to 22 crore or US$3.0 million in 2017)
Box office30 crore (equivalent to 82 crore or US$11 million in 2017)[1]

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.



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.[2][3] The shoot of the film was completed in 39 days.[4]


The soundtrack features 7 songs composed by Vidyasagar and lyrics by Vairamuthu.

Soundtrack album to Villain by Vidyasagar
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelStar Music
1."Pathinettu Vayathil  "Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam5:22
2."Orae Manam"Hariharan, Chandana Bala4:45
3."Adicha Nethi Adi"Karthik, Swarnalatha5:25
4."Aadiyil Kaathadicha"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:32
5."Hello Hello"Sadhana Sargam, Anuradha Sriram, Tippu, Clinton Cerejo5:04
6."Thappu Thanda"Shankar Mahadevan, Sujatha Mohan4:44
7."Aadiyil Kaathadicha (Sad Version)"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:41


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".[5] Another critic cited that it was "great slag-less screenplay and some stunning performances from Ajith make this film a treat for the senses".[6] Ajith's performance earned him second Filmfare Award for Best Actor.[7][8] 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


  1. ^ Image – TinyPic – Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting. TinyPic. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ Movies: No big Tamil film release this Diwali. (2 November 2002). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  3. ^ Adding glamour to Deepavali. The Hindu (1 November 2002). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Giving hits, his speciality". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  5. ^ Villain. The Hindu (15 November 2002). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  6. ^ – Villain Review. Ajith, Meena, Kiran, Nasser, Ramesh Khanna, Vijay Kuma. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
  7. ^ Ajit, Simran bag Filmfare awards – Times Of India. (17 May 2003). Retrieved on 2015-07-26.
  8. ^ 10 years ago. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.

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